2018 CTDA Open Meeting

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Join the us in Hartford on June 15th for CTDA Open Meeting! Come hear from the CTDA and other archivists, curators, and librarians about digital heritage projects created in Connecticut.

The meeting will be an all day event with registration opening at 9:30am and wrapping up at 3:45pm. We are excited to have Greg Cram, the Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy at The New York Public Library, speak to our community about rights statements and user experience.

At the meeting the CTDA team will introduce the new features that are a result of the Re-Architecture Project. There will also be lightning talks presentations by members of our community as well as workshops given by CTDA staff members. 

There is no cost to attend the meeting and registration is open to anyone and everyone who is interested in digital heritage initiatives and projects.


9:30am - Registration Opens

10:00am - 11:00am - Keynote: Greg Cram

11:00am - 11:15am - Coffee Break

11:15am - 12:15pm - Introduction to the Enhanced CTDA

12:15pm - 1:30pm - Lunch on your own

1:30pm - 2:30pm - Lightning Talks

2:30pm - 2:45pm - Coffee Break

2:45pm - 3:30pm - CTDA Workshops

3:30pm - 3:45pm - Wrap Up

Keynote Speaker

Greg Cram

"Getting it Right on Rights: How Consistent Rights Statements Provide a Better User Experience"

Greg Cram is the Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy at The New York Public Library. Greg endeavors to make the Library’s collections broadly available to researchers and the public. 

Lightning Talks

At the meeting we want to offer a forum for anyone working on any kind of digital project to celebrate their work! Each presenter will have 5 minutes to talk about their topic or project, followed by a Q&A session from audience members at the end of all the presentations.

Click Here to Submit a Lightning Talk Proposal

We are looking for a wide range of presenters to cover a number of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Project overviews
  • Work flows and processes for adding content to the repository
  • Collaborations with other institutions
  • Using the CTDA as a teaching tool
  • Promotion/Marketing of content in the CTDA
  • Tips and tricks you have learned about using the repository

We are also looking to highlight all kinds of digital projects from all around the state, not just projects utilizing the CTDA.

We will review all proposals and notify accepted applicants 3 weeks before the meeting.

Session Descriptions

Introduction to the Enhanced CTDA, 11:15am - 12:15pm

More information to come!

Lightning Talks, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

  • The Romano Papers & The CTDA

    Marijane Ceruti - University of Connecticut, Archives and Special Collections
    Marijane will cover aspects of the Romano Collection in the CTDA. This could range from using the CTDA as a catalogue to aid us in documenting what has been processed from the server, to using CTDA materials to supplement class visits & projects, or creating the Romano collection website in context with the materials in the CTDA.

  • The Marie and Virginie Soules basket collection at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History
    Brian Jones - Office of State Archaeology, CSMNH
    The Marie and Virginie Soules collection, housed at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, contains 110 objects, most of which are Native American baskets. The collection was recently photographed as part of a graduate student project aimed at producing an exhibit catalog. During four days of documentation, 990 photographs were taken comprising 6.7 GB of data. The digital images are now being added to CTDA using the compound object content model.

  • Charles V|R
    Tom Lee - University of Connecticut, Greenhouse Studios
    Charles V|R is a virtual reconstruction of the coronation mass of Charles V at San Petronio Basilica in Bologna, Italy in 1530. This was the last such event officiated by a Pope. The project aims to immerse students of Music History, Musicology, Art History, and European History in the world of Charles V and learn about the connections between the music, art, architecture and political aspects of the event. 

  • Open Data Resources
    Rachel Leventhal-Weiner - Connecticut Data Collaborative

    The Connecticut Data Collaborative is a public-private partnership working to empower an ecosystem of data users and to increase data literacy. In our lightning talk, we would like to highlight the existing data portal and our special projects that build on digital resources to help increase the reach of the data we process. 

  • Digital Farmington: A Collaboration Between Stanley-Whitman House and CCSU
    Katherine Hermes - Central CT State University
    Katherine will discuss the process of utilizing student teams to create the map that allows one to see change over time in Farmington and the content on the blog that highlights topics of Farmington Valley history. She will also discuss incorporating that project into the museum's mission and research on captivity, and how members of the public can use the project as visitors and contributors.

  • Connecticut Collections: Collaborating for Collections
    Elizabeth Rose - Connecticut League of History Organizations
    This talk will provide an overview of the Connecticut Collections project, a shared database built on the Collective Access platform, and sponsored by the CT League of History Organizations. We are currently working with 12 organizations and plan to add more in the coming year. The project includes a public portal where users can search across different collections, and we anticipate building a connection to the CTDA which will help preserve holdings from different organizations. 

  • Breaking Free from the Finding Aid
    Betsy Pittman - University of Connecticut, Archives and Special Collections
    When digitizing and presenting digital content from a processed collection, the digital content presentation doesn't have to match the finding aid order...and most times it shouldn't. Discussion will focus on considerations of target audience, researcher expectations and presentations that don't slavishly follow the traditional finding aid.

  • Highlights from the Avon Library's CTDA projects
    Tina Panik - Avon Free Public Library
    This lightning talk will showcase three collections from the Avon Library's CTDA holdings: the Hadsell brothers photographs, the Lure of the Litchfield Hills, and the WWII newsletters. Each collection has utilized a different set of skills and connected with a different type of audience.  

  • Pulling it All Together: Contextualizing and Unifying Collection Resources
    Brooke Foti Gemmell, University of Connecticut, Greenhouse Studios
    Congratulations! Your repository is now full of wonderful objects in organized collections. So…now what? I will discuss two websites that were built to answer this question, which eventually became the foundation of new CTDA Enhanced Collection Pages.

CTDA Workshops, 2:45pm - 3:30pm

  • Introduction to the Connecticut Digital Archive
    Laura Smith, University of Connecticut, Archivist: Archives & Special Collections
    Patricia Sundman, University of Connecticut, Assistant Repository Administrator
    This workshop is geared toward new and prospective CTDA Community Members. Learn how to become a member and start ingesting objects from your institution's collection into the digital repository.

  • Introduction to Enhanced Collection Pages
    Michael Kemezis, University of Connecticut, Repository Content & Participant Administrator
    Learn about Enhanced Collection Pages in the new CTDA. The session will cover how to create an ECP, the functionalities available for the pages, along with discussion from attendees about how they envision using ECPs.

  • Introduction to Spreadsheet Batch Ingest
    Greg Colati, University of Connecticut, Assistant University Librarian for Archives, Special Collections, and Digital Curation

Directions & Parking

Directions: Click here to get directions to the Hartford Public Library

Parking Options: Click here for information about parking around the Hartford Public Library.

Lunch Options & Refreshments

Pastries, coffee and tea will be provided in the morning.

Coffee and tea will be refreshed during the break times.

We will take an hour and a half break for lunch. There are several options within walking distance of the library. Click here to see a number of options close by.

The CTDA will have informal lunch round tables, where people are encouraged to bring their lunch to learn more about the CTDA and discuss their on going digital projects.