FALL 2022 ROUNDTABLE
NOVEMBER 2ND FROM 10AM – 5PM ET
A Global Gathering for Cultural Heritage Professionals
Our Cultural Heritage Roundtables began as small, one-off gatherings between Digital Transitions and our clients, as a formal way for us to gather the community’s collective feedback on their experience with our solutions and how we could work to improve them.
Since its inception, the event has grown from a single day at our office to two annual conferences online and in key regions across the United States. Attendees come from a variety of countries, disciplines, and institutions to see the latest digitization technology, learn best practices from experts, discuss workflow tips, and network with other cultural heritage professionals. Whether you work at a gallery, library, archive, museum, corporation, or in media, entertainment, or sports, this event is for you!
We invite you to join us in-person and online for an event celebrating the latest advancements in digitization technology.
The event will be held in person in Washington DC on November 2nd (and also available online if you absolutely can’t join us in person) . There will be morning and afternoon sessions including dedicated time to network. We hope you join us to discuss advancements and practices in our digitization community; we are excited to see you there!
Learn from industry-leading institutions and network with Cultural Heritage professionals.
DATE AND TIME: November 2, 2022 9 AM to 5 PM ET, with Happy Hour to follow
LOCATION: Grand Hyatt Washington (1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA) or Online
Breakfast, lunch, and happy hour will be provided! Happy Hour will follow the main event onsite. We hope you can join us for this portion of the event as well!
Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty is the director of the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. The recently integrated Smithsonian Libraries and Archives contains nearly 3 million library volumes and over 44,000 cubic feet of archival materials chronicling the history of the Smithsonian. Evangelestia-Dougherty oversees 137 employees, a national advisory board of 15 members, an annual budget of over $16 million and 22 library branches and reading rooms located in Washington, D.C., New York City, Maryland, Virginia and the Republic of Panama. Previously, Evangelestia-Dougherty was an associate university librarian at Cornell University where she initiated Cornell RAD, a new research hub for rare and distinctive collections. She is also a faculty member of the UCLA California Rare Book School. As director of collections and services at New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture from 2013 to 2014, Evangelestia-Dougherty led collection and programmatic development of five curatorial divisions. At the University of Chicago’s Black Metropolis Research Consortium, she served as executive director from 2011 to 2013 and as consulting archivist from 2007 to 2011. There, she successfully led initiatives to discover and make accessible archives related to the African American diaspora. In addition to her extensive work with rare and distinctive collections, Evangelestia-Dougherty is a published author and public speaker who has presented nationally on topics of inclusivity and equity in bibliography, administration and primary-source literacy. She currently serves on the boards of Digital Scriptorium and the American Printing History Association. Evangelestia-Dougherty holds a Master of Science in information science from Simmons University’s School of Library and Information Science in Boston and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Houston.
Gregory S. Hunter is a Professor in the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University, where he directs the Certificate of Advanced Study in Archives and Records Management. He holds a Ph.D. and two master’s degrees from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in New York. Dr. Hunter is a Certified Archivist, Certified Records Manager, and Certified Information Governance Officer. He previously served as Manager of Corporate Records for ITT Corporation and Director of Archival Programs for the United Negro College Fund. From 2004-2009, Dr. Hunter served as Principal Archivist and Records Manager on a team headed by Lockheed Martin to build the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) for the National Archives and Records Administration. The team was awarded a $308 million contract in September 2005. Dr. Hunter is co-inventor on four patents in the area of digital preservation submitted by the project team in the United States and the European Union. In 2017, Dr. Hunter completed a six-year term as Editor of The American Archivist, the premier peer-reviewed journal in the field. Two of his books have received awards from the Society of American Archivists. In the last few years, Dr. Hunter has received $2.2 million in external funding to digitize materials in local historical societies and to make available Robert Moses’ archival legacy on Long Island.
Nathan Ian Anderson (he/him) is a cultural heritage professional with over twenty years of expertise as a lead imaging specialist and project manager involved specifically with digitization and information technology. For the past eight years at the Smithsonian Institution he has been a photographer and program officer in the Digitization Program Office. Responsible for overseeing the digitization of roughly over 500,000 objects within his first two years at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and the National Museum of Natural History he is no stranger to working with their varied collections, from a rare Tiffany vase to a 30 million year old fossil.
Benton Jones is the Director of Art at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. His background is in metal and glass sculpture, and he taught kiln-formed glass for North Carolina State University before his directorship. Jones maintains a studio and gallery featuring his sculpture in Brewster, MA on Cape Cod. From the perspective of an artist, Benton Jones uses his sensibility to produce exhibitions with a clear narrative, often capturing the essence of an artist, providing a feeling of place and offering an educational and moving experience to his audience. Under his leadership since 2018, the Cape Cod Museum of Art has received positive recognition for its dynamic programing in exhibitions and art education, drawing from the regions significant contributions to the visual arts, while at the same time, securing greater financial stability.
Rebecca Wack is Assistant Director of Digital Imaging at New York Public Library. Serving NYPL’s Research Centers, the Digital Imaging Services team works to ensure that digital surrogates of special collections and archives materials, everything from illuminated manuscripts to Broadway set models, can be made accessible to all. Rebecca holds a Master’s in Film and Media Studies from the University of Rochester and a certificate in Film and Media Preservation from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. She’s neurodivergent, a fan of MGM movie-musicals from the late-1930s to the early-1960s, and spends an inordinate amount of time and money thinking about, acquiring, and building LEGO sets.
Doug Peterson is Co-Owner and Head of R+D and Product Management at Digital Transitions. He is the lead author of a series of technical guidelines and recommendations for cultural heritage digitization, including the Phase One Color Reproduction Guide, Imaging for the Future: Digitization Program Planning, and the DT Digitization Guides for Reflective and Transmissive Workflows. He oversees the DT Digitization Certification training series, and has presented multiple Short Courses at the IS&T Archiving imaging conference.
Jan Hubička is an Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics of Charles University, a senior software developer at SUSE LINUX s.r.o., and also a co-founder and director of the Šechtl & Voseček Museum of Photography in Tábor, Czech Republic. In 2004 he started a project of digitization of the Šechtl & Voseček archive consisting of photographs taken in the years 1865 – 2008 by three generations of professional photographers in his family. He also curated over 20 exhibitions of photographs from the archive of Šechtl & Voseček as well as from digitized collections worldwide. Jointly with several institutions in the Czech Republic (including the National Technical Museum, Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, National Museum of Photography and the National Heritage Institute) he organized a number of workshops on digitization and also two international workshops on early color photography. In Mathematics, he is currently working on problems in structural Ramsey theory. As a software developer he is a co-maintainer of the GNU Compiler Collection working on inter-procedural optimization, profile feedback, link-time optimization and x86-64 backend.
2022 Fall Roundtable Agenda
9:00-10:00 AM ET – Registration and Breakfast
10:00-10:25 – Welcome Remarks – Peter Siegel
10:25-11:05 – Keynote: Emerging Connections with Community Archives and Digital Collections – Tamar Evangelestia- Dougherty
11:05-11:35 – Archival Education: Bringing 45 Cultural Institutions and 145 Students Together – Gregory Hunter
11:35-11:55 –Technical Potpourri – AI Art, Film Targets, and Film Stitching – Doug Peterson
11:55-1:55 Lunch and Networking Session
1:55-2:15 – Digitally Reconstructing Early Color Process Photographs – Dr. Jan Hubička
2:15-2:45 – Item Driven Image Fidelity (IDIF): Hitting the Digital Capture Sweet Spot – Nathan Anderson
2:45-3:15 – We need to talk about how we talk about our work… – Rebecca Wack
3:15-3:40 – Break
3:40-4:10 – Transformation, Discovery, Digitization Funding and Contributed Support – Benton Jones
4:10-4:30 – Closing Remarks – Peter Siegel
4:30-5:00 – AI Art Generation – Doug Peterson
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