We are pleased to announce that registration for the BitCurator NLP Forum 2017 (nlp4arc) is now open. The event will focus on the application of natural language processing (NLP) to support use, access, and analysis of digital primary source materials. Click here to register.
A rapidly growing body of materials with significant cultural value are “born digital.” Information professionals must be prepared to extract digital materials from their original environments and media in ways that reflect the rich metadata and ensure the integrity of the materials. They must also support new forms of access: allowing users to make sense of materials and understand their context.
There are many types of contextual information that can be vital to making sense and meaningful use of digital objects. These can include objects, agents, occurrences, purposes, times, places, form of expressions, concepts/abstractions and relationships.
There are many existing open-source tools that libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) can use to identify, extract and expose such contextual entities from the wide diversity of born-digital materials that LAMs already hold and continue to receive. NLP tools and methods can help to both (1) facilitate curatorial decision making and description, and (2) generate access points to be presented to end users.
The day will include a series of short talks by internationally-recognized experts, followed by a set of participant-driven unconference discussions. Speakers will include:
- Christopher (Cal) Lee (PI), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Additional Info)
- Kam Woods (Co-PI, Technical Lead), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill @kamwoods (Additional Info)
- Mary Elings, University of California, Berkeley @maryelings (Additional Info)
- Don Mennerich, New York University @mennerich (Additional Info)
- Daniel Pitti, University of Virginia (Additional Info)
- Josh Schneider, Stanford University (Additional Info)
- Ryan Shaw, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill @rybesh (Additional Info)
- Brad Westbrook, ArchivesSpace @BMWestbrook (Additional Info)
- Carl Wilson, Open Preservation Foundation @carlscode (Additional Info)
- Hugh Cayless, Duke University Libraries
- Jeremy Gibson, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Date: 3 February 2017 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Student Union rooms 3206A and 3206B, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
General Registration – $30
Student & BitCurator Consortium Members Registration – $15
Please see the list of nearby hotels below.
The Carolina Inn 211 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(This is the closest option. It is on the UNC Campus, just a couple of blocks from the Student Union.)
Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill Carrboro/Downtown
370 East Main Street, Unit 100
Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
Holiday Inn Express Chapel Hill
6119 Farrington Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Aloft Chapel Hill
1001 South Hamilton Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(Shuttle buses available)