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Recording and Slides from 4/11 DCIG Presentation: Update on VTArtWorks by Andi Ogier

Recording of the April 11, 2017, DCIG presentation is available here: https://youtu.be/feT_egR_-8M

Slides are available here: https://goo.gl/OTmnlG

Presentation Information:

Update on VTArtWorks: Building a Communications Hub and Digital Repository for Community Cultural Development

Andi Ogier, Associate Director, Data Services, University Libraries, Virginia Tech

While many libraries have built a strong relationship with their local communities, it can be difficult for research data services units to articulate their value beyond the gates of the research institution.  However, a partnership between the University Libraries and School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech is working to leverage the expertise of a data services unit in support of the emerging interdisciplinary field of Community Cultural Development (CCD). Initially named ‘VTArtWorks’, the project team began working together in the fall of 2015 thanks to a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). From the fall of 2015 to the summer of 2016 the VTArtWorks team has performed original research with the eventual goal of informing development of an online communication platform for the field of CCD. As a field, CCD recognizes the inherent value of communication and documentation, but lacks the technical infrastructure and strong history of digital archival practices. The VTArtWorks team, led by a databrarian and a theater professor, works to integrate curation workflows developed to encourage documentation and reuse within a data repository into an emerging field comprised of scholars, artists, organizers and practitioners who seek to build cultural capacity to engage issues surrounding social and economic justice.
This presentation will:

  • Explore the research conducted by the VTArtWorks team on the field of Community Cultural Development;
  • Articulate the value of the partnership that drives the project and what each partner brings to the table;
  • And provide an update on the current state of the VTArtWorks project and the development of the associated digital platform.