By Heather Barnes

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Heather at DLF/DigiPres19

After a few days in Tampa, FL, for the DLF/DigiPres19 conference, I was convinced all conferences should be at the coast in October. (Well, at least until tropical storm Nestor chased us away!) DLF and DigiPres are two collocated events in the same week, and registrants can choose to attend either or both events. DigiPres... more

Heather at SAA

I attended the Society of American Archivists annual meeting in Austin, TX, during the first week of August. I was particularly excited about this conference, as it provided me with the opportunity to give a short talk about my research area at the Research Forum and to visit with my grandparents, who have lived near... more

Heather at ML4ARC

On Friday, July 26, I attended the ML4ARC: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Natural Language Processing Applications in Archives workshop at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, an event that focused on “applications of machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing to support use, access, and analysis of digital primary source materials.”  The... more

A tale of two symposia

I attended the Scholarly Communication Symposium at UNC Greensboro on April 15 and the Symposium on Information for Social Good at UNC Chapel Hill School of Information & Library Science on April 26. The two events were quite different in content and structure, and the contrast provided some food for thought about the elements that... more

Heather and Jess at the Sustaining DH Institute

Can a website achieve immortality? How can contemporary researchers ensure that archival manuscripts documenting Venetian elections find new digital audiences? The original rulers of 14th century Venice, Italy,  never foresaw that 21st-century scholars might be interested in examining their social networks and election results, but manuscripts that document hundreds of electoral contests among the wealthy... more

Heather at iPRES2018

Rainy, chilly Boston hosted the 15th iPRES conference this year at Harvard Medical School’s Benton Convention Center. Over 400 digital archives and preservation professionals and researchers attended the gathering, setting a record. Although I have kept iPRES conference proceedings and papers on my radar every year, this was my first in-person attendance since it landed... more

Heather at SAA 2018

One of the joys of attending the Society of American Archivists conference is the chance to experience a wide range of interesting and well-planned sessions on anything from data wrangling to transparency in managing the records of refugees. I particularly appreciated the chance to wander through the many posters, which provide a slower pace for perusing... more

BitCurator Workshop, April 27, 2018

What do archives and forensics techniques have in common? According to Simpson Garfinkel, a computer scientist and early proponent of the emerging field of digital forensics, computer crime investigations are far from the only instances in which forensics techniques are useful. I had the opportunity to learn about some of the intersections between archival practice... more