The American Philosophical Society’s Library & Museum invites scholars in all fields to submit paper proposals for a daylong interdisciplinary symposium that will explore the opportunities and challenges of open data and digital humanities. As institutions have made datasets accessible for re-use, remixing, and redistribution, individuals have been able to produce new useful knowledge beyond restrictions or control. Classrooms and Digital Humanities projects have created powerful visualizations and complex analyses which shed new light on important historic and contemporary issues. Yet the increasing availability of these sources has raised important questions about intellectual property, attribution, labor, and data sovereignty.
The symposium is inspired by the Open Data Initiative (https://diglib.amphilsoc.org/data) of the Center for Digital Scholarship at the American Philosophical Society. This initiative has created freely accessible datasets (https://github.com/AmericanPhilosophicalSociety) from the APS’s Library & Museum holdings, including the Eastern State Penitentiary Records of Admissions, 1838-1850; Benjamin Franklin's Ledgers; Records of Indentures and Apprenticeships in the Port of Philadelphia, 1771-1773; Benjamin Franklin's Accounts; and James Madison's Montpelier Meteorological Records, 1784-1793, as well as various digital humanities projects derived from this data. See more here (https://www.amphilsoc.org/center-digital-scholarship#paragraph-395).
The APS’s Library & Museum invites innovative proposals from scholars for this symposium. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
- Historical perspectives on the use and access to data;
- Papers that explore the opportunities and challenges of different types of data, including the ways in which scholars from all fields are using open data and applying its insights as well as the misuse and manipulation of open data;
- The relationship between open data and intellectual property rights, copyright, licenses, and other use-restrictions;
- Privacy, sovereignty, and open data;
- Data ethics;
- Social implications of automation and data-centered technologies;
- Labor practices and open data;
- New technologies and tools, such as artificial intelligence, linked open data, and machine learning;
- New scholarship derived from open data;
- The ability for open data and the digital humanities to uncover marginalized voices;
Applicants should submit a title and a 250-word proposal along with a C.V. by January 21, 2022 via Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/98433
Decisions will be made by February 2022.
The symposium will be held in-person June 2-3, 2022. All presenters will receive travel subsidies and hotel accommodations. Accepted papers will be due a month before the conference and pre-circulated to registered attendees. Papers should be no longer than 15-double spaced pages. Presenters may also have the opportunity to publish revised papers in the APS’s Transactions, one of the longest running scholarly journals in America.
For more information, visit https://www.amphilsoc.org/, or contact Adrianna Link, Head of Scholarly Programs, at email@example.com.