Lesley Kadish

@lesleyk
active 4 years, 4 months ago

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Name

Lesley Kadish

Twitter handle

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Short Bio

I am a curator at the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS). Currently, though, I'm a Fulbright Scholar in Helsinki, Finland (2012-13) working with the Espoo City Museum and the Helsinki Department of Geography. My background is in GIS, and I dream up/ manage most of MHS' spatial projects, from geotagging the archival photograph collection, to modeling lost historic landscapes spaces. My Fulbright project is to help develop a mapping interface that utilizes Finland's spatially enabled, open cultural heritage data.

Interest in LODLAM

I come to the table as a person committed to the Access part of 'Preservation and Access'. But to me, access doesn't just mean putting a picture on the web and exposing its metadata. Up till now, I envisioned this meant totally re-envisioning collections management system interfaces. (and i still think this is needed) But, I am interested in seeing how LODLAM can make archives both more findable and more meaningful. Is it possible to make the whole process more fun, in the meantime?
While I am versed in digital curation and vehement about open access, I am new to the lexicon and practice of Open Linked Data. For museum curators like me who are grant writers and decision makers, it is essential we get educated (and fast!). I will engage questions about how LODLAM can respond to the 'making archives databases' meaningful issue, and I bring several large geospatial datasets and the IMLS visualization grant as a testing ground. I'm super interested in how our archives can integrate with HistoryPin, too.

Sector

Library, Archive, Museum, Humanities, Government (incl National and State libraries and archives)

Linked Open Data Projects

I have not been involved in Linked Open Data projects. Yet. I am on the edge of this precipice. As a museum curator, I have been involved in several large scale projects that created open, web-published, cultural heritage data (with individual URLs). These include: creating a comprehensive Fort Snelling digital archive, where each object's metadata contains links to other objects, people, and place records. I also oversaw a project that spatialized our Collections Management System's database. And this fiscal year, I'm directing an IMLS Sparks! funded grant that will test data visualization as a way to make our online archives more accessible (read, meaningful). The project partners with Jake Porway and DataKind (http://datakind.org/) to help us in this pursuit.
This September I gave a talk at the Open Knowledge Festival (http://okfestival.org/) called, "In The Space Between Curation and Free Archives."
Here in Finland, I am currently investigating open linked data projects like Linked Data Finland, a national research project that is supported and funded by a large multi-disciplinary consortium of 23 organizations– of which my museum, Espoo City Museum, is one. I will also be working with the Finnish National Archives, who have a massive open digital collection. I am at the beginning of my research here and will know far more by Montreal.

Affiliation

Espoo City Museum and the Minnesota Historical Society