2019 CTDA Open Meeting

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Join the us at the Avon Free Public Library on June 17th for the 2019 CTDA Open Meeting! Come hear from the CTDA and other archivists, curators, and librarians about digital heritage projects created in Connecticut.

Registration for this event is Free!

The meeting will be an all day event with registration opening at 9:30am, the program beginning at 10:00am and the final session wrapping up at 3:45pm. We are excited to have Courtney Mumma, Deputy Director of the Texas Digital Library (TDL), speak about community building in digital archives/libraries.

At the meeting, the CTDA team will review CTDA projects undertaken in the past year, layout a roadmap for future enhancements for the program, and answer questions concerning the direction of the repository program. There will also be two breakout sessions after lunch for attendees to connect to discuss digital projects in Connecticut.

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.

Preliminary Agenda (Subject to Change)

9:30-10:00am - Registration and Breakfast

10:00-10:15 - Welcome

10:15-11:15am - Keynote

11:15-11:30am - Break

11:30am-12:30pm - CTDA Updates (Download Presentation Slides)

12:30-2:00pm - Lunch

2:00-3:00pm - Community Conversations

3:00-3:45pm - Lightning Talks and Wrap Up

Keynote Speaker

Courtney Mumma

“With a Little Help from My Friends”

Courtney Mumma is the Deputy Director of the Texas Digital Library. In her keynote, Courtney will highlight how community drives progress through collaboration with member institutions, finding common needs and resources to share amongst partners, and how communities are influencing developments on the national and international level.

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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.

Capturing and preserving social media sites - Barbara Austen, Connecticut State Library

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Among the papers of Governor Malloy were documents we had not seen before. He had a Twitter account, a YouTube channel, a Facebook account, and a Flickr page, all of which documented his administration in ways that paper documents could not. I will describe how CSL went about capturing and preserving these media using CTDA and some other tools (which shall be revealed).

Copyright and the CTDA: An Update from the Rights Statements Working Group - Rebecca Parmer, University of Connecticut

At the 2018 CTDA Open Meeting, keynote speaker Greg Cram (NYPL) kick-started the conversation around standardized rights statements. Since then, the Rights Statements Working Group has been working to chart a path forward for adopting and implementing standardized statements across the CTDA. This lightning talk will provide an update on these efforts and a preview of two tools that will make the identification and selection of statements easier for users.

Connecticut Historical Society Digital Universal Access Project - Stephen Perkins, Infoset and Ilene Frank, Connecticut Historical Society

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An overview of the DUAP project's objectives and implementation plan for achieving them with the help of the CTDA platform.

Connecticut Collections - Elizabeth Rose, Connecticut League of History Organizations

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Connecticut Collections, a project of the CT League of History Organizations, is continuing to grow, offering organizations tools for managing and cataloging their collections. We are looking forward to integrating with the CTDA so that items that participating organizations share online can also be preserved and discovered within CTDA.

Nathan Hale: Patriot, Hero, Martyr, Cigar - Greg Colati, University of Connecticut

24 Frames Per Second: Preserving and Digitizing At-Risk Amateur Films - Tasha Caswell, Connecticut Historical Society

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The Connecticut Historical Society made 70+ digitized home movies available on the CTDA. Learn about how and why I used the spreadsheet ingest to catalog them! (Hint: it has something to do with not wanting to upload 800 GB of material directly to the site.)

The Robert J. Donia Collection: Making International Justice Accessible - Emily Kaufman, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center; Mike Kemezis, Connecticut Digital Archive

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The session will cover how the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the CTDA are collaborating to make the Robert J. Donia collection accessible to scholars all over the world. The goal of the project is to create materials so that students can develop skills to analyze and interact with primary source material used as evidence, to develop critical thinking skills around how these documents were used to convict war criminals in The Hague.


Click here to get directions to the Avon Free Public Library.

Refreshments & Lunch


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


We will take an hour and a half break for lunch on your own.

Where to eat and why; a curated list of food options near the Avon Free Public Library provided by Tina Panik

All locations can be reached in under 10 minutes!

DaVinci Pizza

427 West Avon Rd., Avon CT 06001 (about a block away)


Winner of the Annual Avon Teen Pizza Taste Off FOUR YEARS IN A ROW!

Get slices, whole pies, sandwiches, etc. Eat in or take out.

Amici Italian Grill

401 West Main St., Avon CT 06001 (on RT 44)


Affordable daily lunch specials; delicious desserts; coffee in one of those adorable presses

Avon Prime Meats

395 West Main St., Avon CT 06001 (almost on RT 44)

Sometimes you just want a delicious sandwich! Made to order, or order ahead. No real seating area, but you’ll leave with an entire selection of foods for dinner.


Bamboo Asian Cuisine

3 Melrose Dr., Farmington CT 06032 (on RT 4)

This is Asian fusion at its best; select from a variety of combinations and specials. Located directly across from the Mormon Temple. Plenty of window seating, lunch specials.


Green Tea Restaurant

1067 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT 06032 (on Rt 4, just past Bamboo Asian Cuisine)

Fantastic Chinese food. The hot and sour soup is outstanding.


George’s Pizza and Restaurant

9 School Street, Unionville, CT 06085 (At the intersection of RT 4 and RT 167)


This is the Italian Restaurant that has outlasted (or destroyed?) all the competition. There’s a family style restaurant attached to the Olive Bar, an updated joint that has a big-city feel. The same menu is available on both sides of the building. Large portions. Plenty of local gossip.

There are numerous chain restaurants on both RT 4 in Farmington and RT 44 in Avon.

Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks are also available in both towns!