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EVENT DESCRIPTION  
 
Event Type:  Lecture (This is an NIH Science event)
 
Title:  Scientists’ Hard Drives, Databases, and Blogs: Preservation Intent and Source Criticism in the Digital History of Science, Technology and Medicine
 
Description:  Carl Sagan’s WordPerfect files, simulations emailed to Edward Lorenz, a database application from the National Library of Medicine, a collection of science blogs, a database of interstellar distances; each of these digital artifacts has been acquired by archives and special collections. Born digital primary sources are no longer a future concern for archivists, librarians, curators and historians. As historians of science turn their attention to the late 20th and early 21st century, they will need to work from these born-digital primary sources. We have already accumulated a significant born digital past and it’s time for work with born digital primary sources to become mainstream. This presentation will give a quick tour of individual born-digital artifacts toward two goals: arguing for the need for archivists, curators and librarians to develop reflexively approaches to establishing preservation intent for digital content grounded in a dialog with the nature of a given set of digital objects and its future research use; and suggesting how trends in computational analysis of information in the digital humanities should be combined with approaches from digital forensics and new media studies to establish historiographic practices for born-digital source criticism. Owens will conclude by suggesting the kinds of technical skills archivists, librarians, curators and historians working with these materials are going to need to develop. Just as historians working with premodern documents require language and paleography skills, historians working with digital artefacts will increasingly need to understand the inscription processes of hard drives, the provenance created by web crawlers, and how to read relational databases of varying vintages.

Owens is author of three books, the most recent of which, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation, is in press with Johns Hopkins University Press. Learn more about this book, and read a preprint of the draft here: http://ww
 
Series Name:  NLM History of Medicine Lecture Series
 
Event URL:  https://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/lectures/index.html
 
Videocast:  Event will be videocast LIVE on the Web
 
Videocast URL:  https://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=26993&bhcp=1
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EVENT DATE/TIME  
 
Date/Time: 
Thursday, April 05, 2018   2:00pm - 3:00pm Add To Outlook Calendar     Add To iCal Calendar     Add To Entourage Calendar
 
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EVENT SPEAKER(S)  
 
Name:   Trevor Owens
Title:   Head of Digital Content Management
Organization:   Library of Congress
City/Province:   Washington
State:   District of Columbia
Country:   United States
 

EVENT SPONSOR(S)  
 
Organization(s):  [NIH] National Library of Medicine (NLM)
 

EVENT LOCATION  
 
Location:  On the main NIH Campus
Building:  Building 38A (Lister Hill National Center)
 
Street Address:  38A Library Drive
City:  Bethesda
State:  Maryland
Zip Code:  20892
 

EVENT CONTACT(S)  
 
Name:   Stephen Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
E-mail:   greenbes@mail.nlm.nih.gov
Phone:   301-827-4577
 
 
 
 
 
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