CURATEcamp Digital Culture

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There will be a one-day CURATEcamp following this years DigitalPreservation 2014 conference at Catholic University in Washington DC.

We are focusing this camp on exploring issues around collecting, preserving, intrepreting and presenting records of digital culture. You can read more about the topic below. The facilitators will be Trevor Owens, digital archivist at the Library of Congress, Amanda Brennan from Tumblr, and Folklorist Trevor J. Blank.




  • WHEN: July 24th (9am - 4pm)
  • WHERE: The Catholic University of America, Columbus Law School, 3600 John McCormick Rd. N.E., Washington, DC
  • COST: Free, there is no cost to register for the meeting
  • LOGISTICS: Catholic University is on the Red Line in DC's metro system, across from the Brookland Metro.
  • DISCUSSION: #curatecamp on Twitter and #curatecamp on

CURATEcamp Digital Culture Theme

The World Wide Web is a cultural platform. Across the web, a wide range of existing communities interact and express and a diverse array of online communities have developed their own cultures. Unlike many other media, the participatory nature of the web has enabled a proliferation of the expression of these diverse cultures. As scholars increasingly turn to study this vernacular web, cultural heritage organizations responsible for collecting and preserving folklife and folklore need to develop plans and programs to collect and preserve records of these cultures and communities.

Potential Session Topics

This one day unconference will focus on exploring ideas and approaches to collecting and preserving digital culture both on and off the world wide web. Sessions might focus on, but are not limited to, the following potential issues; If you do register, please consider posting and sharing ideas about what you would like to discuss/focus on in sessions in the comments. Feel free to expand on/comment on any of the topics listed below or to share ideas for other topics all together.

  • Collecting and Preserving Memes and Image Macros
  • Models for acquiring, preserving, and exhibiting
  • Methods and techniques for crawling web forums, including ethnography, and ethical considerations
  • Issues related to selecting, i.e., identifying what is and what is not pertinent for preservation and analysis
  • Potential partnerships with artists, art collectives, virtual communities, folk-moderated websites and services, etc.
  • Potential partnerships with internet researchers collecting materials for their own research
  • Models for partnerships between researchers and institutions to interpret and share digital culture collections
  • Issues in collecting and preserving fanfiction and other transformative works
  • Issues in storing and retrieving large data sets and multimedia in researcher- & user-friendly ways
  • Discussions of preservation formats, materials as records, as web archives, as data sets
  • Negotiating the researcher and preservationists’ role as both cultural consumer and objective collector and curator, or, eliminating institutional/ curator bias.
  • Accurately and dutifully portraying emic data, nuanced cultural artifices, and expressive scenes
  • Issues in rights and permissions for collectively authored content, including subsequent attribution
  • Vernacular curatorship of expressive material and institutional efforts to document and exhibit such work
  • The limits and possible new opportunities afforded by digital technologies in both preserving cultural data and making it meaningfully available for public consumption
  • What is lost and gained in the course of preserving and curating digital culture, and how does it favorably compare or contrast with existing models of preservation and curation implemented with corporeal subjects

CURATEcamp Exhibition Schedule

We will fill this in the morning of the conference.

Time Room 204 Room 205 Room 211 Room 213
9am-9:50 Intros and scheduling
10am-10:50 Collaboration to Save [more of] the Web (doc) Partnerships with Researchers, Creators & Communities ([1]) Is There Room for the Internet "Crowd" in Curation? (doc) Niche Web Communities [2]
11am-11:50 What's Your (Gatekeeper) Criteria for (Selecting/Sorting) Video? Nominate Websites for Digital Culture Web Archive (doc) Geek Talk w/ @lintool // Do We Have the Hammers We Need? ([3]) Archives & Outreach Strategies for COIs (doc)
12pm-1:30 Lunch on your own
1:30-1:55 Lightning Talks
2pm-2:50 Issues in Storing & Retrieving LARGE Data Sets (doc) Archiving Resources for Scholarship & Teaching Narrative Genres (e.g. creepypasta, faux Amazon reviews) ([4]) Gathering & Playing with Data around Capital Fringe Audience Engagement ([5])
3pm-4pm Digital Culture On (& Off) Campus (doc) Display/Integration of Emerging Media in Physical Space [6] Lost Cultures of the Ancient Net (Gopher, Usenet) [7] Digital Preservation @ Your Library ([8])

☇ Lightning Talks ☇

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  5. Presentation of history of Digital Culture by @despens:
    1. I Can Has History
    2. Web Design Timeline
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