Speaker Trevor Owens
Trevor Owens is a Digital Archivist with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress. At the Library of Congress, he works on the open source Viewshare cultural heritage collection visualization tool, as a member of the communications ...
Trevor Owens is a Digital Archivist with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress. At the Library of Congress, he works on the open source Viewshare cultural heritage collection visualization tool, as a member of the communications team, and as the co-chair for the National Digital Stewardship Alliance’s Infrastructure working group. Before joining the Library of Congress he was the community lead for the Zotero project at the Center for History and New Media and before that managed outreach for the Games, Learning, and Society Conference.
Trevor is also finishing a PhD in social science research methods and instructional technology in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. Trevor’s research focuses on learning and knowledge in online communities, video games and culture, and software tools for humanities scholarship. His training is in the history of science, digital history and research methods in the social sciences. Trevor wrote a book for Arcadia Press about the history of Fairfax County told through postcards. He has also published articles in the journals Simulation & Gaming, Science Communication, and Cultural Studies of Science Education and On the Horizon. Trevor holds a bachelors degree in the history of science form the University of Wisconsin, and a masters degree in American History with an emphasis on digital history from George Mason University.
You will leave this hands-on workshop with everything you need to start using Viewshare. Briefly, Viewshare is a free, Library-of-Congress-sponsored platform that empowers historians, librarians, archivists and curators to create and customize dynamic interfaces to collections of digital content. Starting from an example spreadsheet or data harvested via OAI-PMH, you will use Viewshare to generate distinct interactive visual interfaces (including maps, timelines, and sophisticated faceted navigation), which you can copy-paste to embed in any webpage. This workshop does not require any particular technical proficiency. Participants will leave the workshop ready to use Viewshare to help understand and provide access to digital collections of cultural heritage materials. Participants are encouraged to bring their own collection data in excel spreadsheets to experiment with.
Who should attend:
Anyone interested in making digital collections more accessible. No technical background required.
By the end of this program, participants will:
- Be able to create interfaces with Viewshare
- Explain Viewshare's value to any library, archive, museum, or historical society
- Understand how someone might want to make use of bulk access to cultural heritage collection data