Wayfinding at the Opening of an Era: Digital Scholarship, Data, and ETDs

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Wayfinding at the Opening of an Era: Digital Scholarship, Data, and ETDs
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Taylor, Laurie N.
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USETDA Conference
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Electronic theses and dissertations
ETDs
Big data
Digital Humanities
Digital Scholarship

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By their very naming, ETDs—electronic theses and dissertations—are marked as part of an earlier digital or electronic era. The current digital age is rapidly turning and opening into the age of data. Both are eras of the digital; however, the age of data promises something more and something different. Big Data’s Four Vs of Volume, Variety, Velocity, and Veracity1 are part of this equation, but the age of data promises an opening into new ways of thinking that represent a change in how we think and act as individuals and as members of our designated communities. Revolutionary changes in the age of data are transforming what constitutes research, research fields, and researcher communities and practices. Theses and dissertations are seminal works that are official documents and milestones in researchers’ lives. As core elements in the world of research ETDs, the structures around them, and the connected communities are changing as well, requiring wayfinding through dramatically altered worlds. “Navigation the Universe of ETDs” now includes navigating with new forms and new expectations for scholarly products. Researchers expect support for the traditional thesis or dissertation textual document. They expect this alongside support for supplemental data files—ranging from scientific datasets, ethnographic audio and video recordings, interactive digital productions, software code, and much more. Like the data age being more than Big Data, changed researcher practices have impacts extending far beyond simply the handling of ETDs and collateral research materials like supplemental data. Researchers, scholarly advisors, and our professional community members across our academic institutions have learned to expect value-added services and features. In the data age, navigating the universe of ETDs requires an incredibly multi-dimensional view that: builds from and with existing ETD practices, adds support for supplemental data, develops new extensions and services from existing processes, leverages and extends existing digital library/repository infrastructures, connects out and across different communities (ETD professionals in graduate schools, libraries, IT, authors, researchers, and the public), and then seeks out and seizes opportunities for ETD professionals and processes for active engagement in enabling change. For example, the time to degree problem is arguably the biggest problem facing the humanities because graduate study becomes untenable when the average time for a graduate degree is nearly a decade. ETD professionals have an opportunity to play a key role in solving the time to degree problem, through collaboration across many connected communities and by drawing on existing excellence for standards and practices that support students in creating research products. Building from examples of new scholarly forms in the Digital Humanities already supported in ETD programs as well as examples of new services and ways of operating ETD programs, this presentation connects ETD practices and professional communities to current and near-future challenges and opportunities across the ETD universe. Graduate education, public and translational scholarship, and academia’s role in society and culture are all evolving. With the opening of a new era, ETDs are part of the fundamental changes underway. As ETD professionals, we have roles to play in creating an environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and transformation, building from core values and a shared mission sustaining scholarly production within the larger operations of our institutions, academia, society, and the world.
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Keynote Presentation by Laurie N. Taylor for the USETDA Conference (Orlando, FL), Sept. 25, 2014.
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Overall layout and design by Lourdes Santamaria-Wheeler.

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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Wayfinding at the Opening of an Era: Digital Scholarship, Data, and ETDs LAURIE N. TAYLOR DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP LIBRARIAN

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WAYFINDING Wayfinding in Herald Square by New York City Department of Transportation licensed under CC BY ND 2 .0

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MY PERSPECTIVEDigital Humanities Scholar Digital Scholarship Librarian

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Socio technical People, policies, & technologies Grace Hopper in 1952 by Karen licensed under CC BY 2 .0

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Many concerns Many perspectives NAVIGATING ETDS

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Recent pasts Current happenings Lines of flight & future trajectories WAYFINDING Wayfinding by Bryan Kennedy, 2008, CC BY NC 2.0

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ONE: WHERE WE WERE Electronic era Early IBM Computer in Statistics Lab, UF. University Archives, UF Digital Collections

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ONE: FACING OPENING OF A NEW ERA Big Data HiPerGator UF Research Computing, 2014 Webb holds a roll of data. UF University Archives, UF Digital Collections

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Seek out and seize opportunities for ETD professionals Connect out and across different communities Leverage and extend existing digital infrastructures Expand for broader impacts, altmetrics, other valuing Develop new extensions and services from existing practices Add support for data & new scholarly products Build from and within existing ETD practices

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Digital scholarship Public scholarship Translational scholarship Transformational scholarship EVOLVING

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EVOLUTION Last of the color coding, by Juhan Sonin 2010, CC BY 2.0

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EVOLUTIONProto -book? Batak Bark Book. UF Digital Collections.

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TWO: OPENING OF AN ERA Interactive data visualization with web technologies by Chad Juehring Project in Lieu of Thesis, 2013, all rights reserved by creator, in UF Digital Collections.

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BUILDING CULTURESGraduate School Graduate Departments Libraries Academic Technology Together, and with others

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SUPPLEMENTAL DATA From Indian to Indo Creole: Tassa Drumming, Creolization and Indo0 Caribbean Nationalism in Trinidad and Tobago by Christopher L. Ballangee 2013, all rights reserved by the author, in the UF Digital Collections.

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SUPPLEMENTAL DATA From Indian to Indo Creole: Tassa Drumming, Creolization and Indo0 Caribbean Nationalism in Trinidad and Tobago by Christopher L. Ballangee 2013, all rights reserved by the author, in the UF Digital Collections.

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DATA LIFECYCLE & NEW CYCLES Printed Databases or Databases of Box and Paper and Space: Research Structures in Need of Better Support, by Laurie N. Taylor, 2014

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NEW PROCESSES OF RESEARCH Data Management of Legacy Data from a Faculty member in Sociology, by Laurie N. Taylor, 2014

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MASSMINE MassMine, by Nicholas M. Van Horn and Aaron Beveridge, 2014

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MASSMINE & MATTEL Monster High: Freaky Fusion, DVD cover 2014 and Ever After High: A Wonderlandiful World book cover 2014

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NEW RESEARCH PRODUCTSNew forms of the thesis and dissertation Masterpieces or showing mastery

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SUPPORTING & SUSTAINING What counts as a thesis or dissertation? Is what counts for graduate students relevant for their jobs and fields? How do we count it if it is not book like?How does it relate to what counts for promotion and tenure? How do we evaluate broader impacts and public scholarship? What counts with administrators in program evaluations? What counts with the legislature and others in funding allocations?

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COSTS & COUNTING A Man Collects Eggs in a Broiler House. University Archives, UF Digital Collections

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PRODUCTIVE PROBLEMS Cement a success built on failure, photo by Vilseskogen 2012, CCBY NC SA 2.0

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Plan, full course, charted to universal principles, relating every move to the plan Objective, gathering information on the journey and responding accordingly THREE: FUTURE

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PLANS & OBJECTIVES Ground Floor Plan, Hotel Ponce de Leon, Florida East Coast Hotel Co., St. Augustine, Fla, Flagler System, Carrre and Hastings Architectural Drawings Flagler College and UF

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WAYFINDING & NAVIGATING As We May Think in Life and The Atlantic by Vannevar Bush

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DIGITAL HUMANITIES & ETDS Planning for THATCamp Gainesville 2014

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EXPANDED HORIZONS Photo at Association of Caribbean University, Research, and Institutional Libraries Conference (ACURIL) 2014 in Nassau, The Bahamas by Laurie N. Taylor

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. Twenty thousand leagues under the seas, or, The marvelous and exciting adventures of Pierre Aronnax Conseil his servant, and Ned Land, a Canadian harpooner from the Baldwin Library of Historical Childrens Literature, UF Digital Collections TRAVELING TOGETHER

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REFERENCESPresentation slides with all sources : www.ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00025676

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THANK YOU & QUESTIONS@LAURIEN LAURIEN@UFL.EDU