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    From: Kyle Roberts <>
    Date: Tue, Jan 11, 2022 at 5:32 PM
    Subject: [globaloutlookDH-l] CFP: “Open Data: Reuse, Redistribution, and
    Risk, ” June 2-3, 2022
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    The American Philosophical Society’s Library & Museum invites scholars in
    all fields to submit paper proposals for a daylong interdisciplinary
    symposium that will explore the opportunities and challenges of open data
    and digital humanities. As institutions have made datasets accessible for
    re-use, remixing, and redistribution, individuals have been able to produce
    new useful knowledge beyond restrictions or control. Classrooms and Digital
    Humanities projects have created powerful visualizations and complex
    analyses which shed new light on important historic and contemporary
    issues. Yet the increasing availability of these sources has raised
    important questions about intellectual property, attribution, labor, and
    data sovereignty.

    The symposium is inspired by the Open Data Initiative ( of the Center for Digital Scholarship at
    the American Philosophical Society. This initiative has created freely
    accessible datasets ( from
    the APS’s Library & Museum holdings, including the Eastern State
    Penitentiary Records of Admissions, 1838-1850; Benjamin Franklin’s Ledgers;
    Records of Indentures and Apprenticeships in the Port of Philadelphia,
    1771-1773; Benjamin Franklin’s Accounts; and James Madison’s Montpelier
    Meteorological Records, 1784-1793, as well as various digital humanities
    projects derived from this data. See more here (

    The APS’s Library & Museum invites innovative proposals from scholars for
    this symposium. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

    – Historical perspectives on the use and access to data;
    – Papers that explore the opportunities and challenges of different
    types of data, including the ways in which scholars from all fields are
    using open data and applying its insights as well as the misuse and
    manipulation of open data;
    – The relationship between open data and intellectual property rights,
    copyright, licenses, and other use-restrictions;
    – Privacy, sovereignty, and open data;
    – Data ethics;
    – Social implications of automation and data-centered technologies;
    – Labor practices and open data;
    – New technologies and tools, such as artificial intelligence, linked
    open data, and machine learn
    – New scholarship derived from open data;
    – The ability for open data and the digital humanities to uncover
    marginalized voices;
    – Sustainability.

    *Application Instructions*

    Applicants should submit a title and a 250-word proposal along with a C.V.
    by January 21, 2022 via Interfolio.

    Decisions will be made by February 2022.

    The symposium will be held in-person June 2-3, 2022. All presenters will
    receive travel subsidies and hotel accommodations. Accepted papers will be
    due a month before the conference and pre-circulated to registered
    attendees. Papers should be no longer than 15-double spaced pages.
    Presenters may also have the opportunity to publish revised papers in the
    APS’s Transactions, one of the longest running scholarly journals in

    For more information, visit, or contact Adrianna
    Link, Head of Scholarly Programs, at
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