Information Access Seminar

Stewardship Lecture #1: The Scope of the Challenge.

Friday, September 9, 2022
3:10 pm to 5:00 pm PDT

Clifford Lynch

Following the August 26 introduction and framing of the stewardship challenge, my talks on September 9 and October 7 will begin an examination of the scope of the stewardship challenge. I’ll look at the scope and nature of the scholarly record, and the explore and contrast that to the much larger and less well defined cultural record. After some general discussion, I’ll look at a series of specific case studies: music; books; moving and still images; geospatial, remote sensing and documenting the environment; the web at large, including the deep web, and the digital ephemera of the future; social media, personal digital archiving; factual biography; and news.

After these case studies, I’ll explore the continually-shifting contested areas and boundaries at the the fringes of the cultural record. I’ll briefly discuss efforts to measure or approximate the scale of various segments of the cultural record, and of the parts of that record under the protection of stewardship institutions.

This seminar will be held both online & in person. You are welcome to join us either in South Hall or via Zoom.

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Clifford Lynch is the director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and an adjunct professor at the School of Information. Prior to joining CNI in 1997, Lynch spent eighteen years at the University of California Office of the President, the last ten as director of Library Automation. Lynch is a past president of ASIS&T and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.

Clifford Lynch
Clifford Lynch (photo courtesy University of Texas Libraries)


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September 7, 2022