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NISO Two-Part Webinar: Emerging Resource Types

Part 2: Equipment that Supports the Present and the Future

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Part 1 of this webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 9.

System Requirements:

  • NISO has developed a quick tutorial, How to Participate in a NISO Web Event. Please view the recording, which is an overview of the web conferencing system and will help to answer the most commonly asked questions regarding participating in an online Webex event.
  • You will need a computer for the presentation and Q&A.
  • Audio is available through the computer (broadcast) and by telephone. We recommend you have a set-up for telephone audio as back-up even if you plan to use the broadcast audio as the voice over Internet isn't always 100% reliable.
  • Please check your system in advance to make sure it meets the Cisco WebEx requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that your system is properly set up before each webinar begins.  

About the Webinar

We began offering digital information several decades ago. Today, some of that information has been lost because of the way it was saved. One of the major issues with digital information is creating and preserving it in ways that ensure its availability for generations to come. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case, and there are vast amounts of data that have been preserved but in ways that are no longer readable. This webinar will discuss old technology and the data that is imprisoned on it, and how to set this data free, e.g., how to convert it into formats that render it useful not just to us, but to future researchers.

Agenda and Event Slides

Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

Curating the Scholarly Record: Archiving Executable Content
Keith Webster, Dean of Libraries and Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives, Carnegie Mellon University

Libraries have served their universities in part through their robust access to and preservation of the scholarly record.  Over the past 20 years, this work has largely focussed on text and image-based objects, and, more recently on research data.  However, almost all digital objects require executable software to provide native access to the original artifact.  A growing body of research is focussed on identifying solutions to this complex challenge.  At Carnegie Mellon University the Olive project (Open Library of Images for Virtual Execution) has concluded proof of concept research funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Sloan Foundation.  Keith Webster, CMU’s Dean of Libraries will provide an overview of the Olive project and illustrate its operation.

Keith Webster joined Carnegie Mellon University as Dean of University Libraries in July 2013 and was appointed additionally as Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives in July 2015.  He also holds a courtesy faculty appointment in the H. John Heinz III College. Before joining CMU, Webster served as Vice President of Academic Relations at global publisher John Wiley & Sons.  Previous roles include Dean of Libraries at The University of Queensland, Australia, University Librarian at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and Director of Information Services at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London.

Keith is an actively engaged in a number of professional organizations.  He is currently Treasurer of NISO, a member of the Board of Directors of PALCI, and a member of the Publications Board of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  He is both a Chartered Fellow and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Supporting Description and Access for New Media Art
Dianne Dietrich, Physics & Astronomy Librarian, Cornell University Library; Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services Fellow, 2013-2015

Cornell University Library has recently completed a two-year, NEH-funded initiative to develop preservation and access frameworks for complex, interactive, new media artworks. The project drew from a testbed of CD-ROM artwork from the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, housed in the division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. During the course of the grant, the project team explored how best to describe and provide access to digital material that was no longer compatible with current technologies. This presentation will focus on the team's work with emulation to provide access to obsolete digital material, as well as an analysis of the forensics tools available to support characterization and description of cultural heritage assets.

Dianne Dietrich is Physics and Astronomy Librarian in the Cornell University Library, where her responsibilities include scholarly communication, collection development, instruction, outreach, and reference. She also currently has a partial appointment in Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services as Digital Forensics Specialist for the library. She received a M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Mathematics from Wesleyan University.

The Challenges of Preserving Every Digital Format on the Face of the Planet
Leslie Johnston, Director of Digital Preservation at The National Archives (NARA)

Leslie Johnston has over twenty years’ experience in digitization and digital conversion, setting and applying metadata and content standards, and overseeing the development of digital content management and delivery systems and services. Currently the Director of Digital Preservation at The National Archives (NARA), she served as chief of the Repository Development Center at the Library of Congress until April 2014. Previously, she served as the head of digital access services at the University of Virginia Library; Head of Instructional Technology and Library Information Systems at the Harvard Design School; the academic technology specialist for Art for the Stanford University Libraries; and as database specialist for the Getty Research Institute. She has also been active in the museum community, working for various museums, teaching courses on museum systems, editing the journal Spectra and serving on the board of the Museum Computer Network.


Registration closes on December 16, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)

Registration for both parts

SAVE! Register for both parts of this two-part webinar and save 25%!

If paying by credit card, register online for both parts.

If paying by check, please use this PDF form for both parts.

  • NISO Member
    • $143.00 (US and Canada)
    • $164.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member
    • $143.00
  • Non-Member
    • $188.00 (US and Canada)
    • $224.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $74.00

Registration for Part 2 only

If paying by credit card, register online for Part 2 only.

If paying by check, please use this PDF form for Part 2 only.

  • NISO Member
    • $95.00 (US and Canada)
    • $109.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member
    • $95.00
  • Non-Member
    • $125.00 (US and Canada)
    • $149.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $49.00

Additional information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on December 16, 2015. Cancellations made by December 9, 2015 will receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the webinar via e-mail the Monday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., it is your responsibility to contact the NISO office if you do not receive login instructions before the start of the webinar.
  • If you have not received your Login Instruction email by 10 a.m. (ET) on the Tuesday before the webinar, at please contact the NISO office at nisohq@niso.org for immediate assistance.
  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar. You may have as many people as you like from the registrant's organization view the webinar from that one connection. If you need additional connections, you will need to enter a separate registration for each connection needed.
  • If you are registering someone else from your organization, either use that person's e-mail address when registering or contact nisohq@niso.org to provide alternate contact information.
  • Library Standards Alliance (LSA) members receive one free webinar connection as part of their membership and DO NOT need to register for the event for this free connection. Your webinar contact will receive the login instructions the Monday before the event. You may have as many people as you like from the member's library view the webinar from that one connection. If you need additional connections beyond the free one, then you will need to enter a paid registration (at the member rate) for each additional connection required.
  • Webinar presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to the site following the live webinar.
  • Registrants and LSA member webinar contacts will receive an e-mail message containing access information to the archived webinar recording within 48 hours after the event. This recording access is only to be used by the registrant's or member's organization.