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Saturday, August 8 • TBA
S44 - Tech Futures: Star Trek in the Archives?

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This session will look at the ways different institutions are using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to help appraise, process, and make their collections available. How is the adoption of these technologies affecting our workflows, policies, and labor practices? Are AI/ML democratizing technologies for archives and archivists? How can archivists help mitigate bias and privacy threats both within the cultural heritage space and beyond?

Rector: Captain's Log: How to use NLP to get your electronic records in a format Captain Kirk would understand
Koontz: Can machines learn to connect the dots?
Podolsky: The interplay between Technology and Culture: Understanding Embedded Cultural Values
Schneider: Recognizing Archival Labor in Library Machine Learning Initiatives

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Meredith Rector

Senior Knowledge Management Specialist (AKA Archivist), Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Meredith Rector, CA, MLIS, heads the Archives of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Meredith grew up watching too much Star Trek, loves technology, and is excited by the future possibilities of AI and machine learning in the archives.

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Josh Schneider

University Archivist, Stanford University
Josh Schneider is Stanford University Archivist. He partners with community members to collect, preserve, and make accessible administrative records, faculty papers, and materials documenting student life and campus life.
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Chuck Koontz

Systems Librarian, Biola University Library
Chuck Koontz, MLIS, oversees digitization/preservation for Biola's Library & Archives. His interests revolve around the possibilities of technology to broaden access/enhance user experience while maintaining the depth and integrity of the original content.

Lori Podolsky

McGill University
Currently, I am working on my phd with the School of Information Studies, McGill University. In addition to my academic studies, I have nearly 20 years experience in the archival and records management fields.

Saturday August 8, 2020 TBA