CREOS lunchtime lecture series- Curating complexity: A sociomaterial framework for software preservation in research libraries - featuring Dr. Alexandra Chassanoff

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

NE36, Shared Conference Room, 6th floor 105 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02142

Please join CREOS for a lunchtime discussion featuring Dr. Alexandra Chassanoff.


Curating complexity: A sociomaterial framework for software preservation in research libraries

Academic research libraries are well-positioned to help scholars manage and organize born-digital research outputs across their life-cycle. Thus far, existing work to articulate best practices, approaches, and innovations for working with digital research content have largely been driven by the scientific research community outside of the library space. Notably, these approaches do not incorporate digital preservation strategies for sustaining meaningful access to digital content over time. How can research libraries support the meaningful creation, use, and reuse of software as a scholarly research object? In this talk, I describe findings from a two-year pilot study to identify and understand significant characteristics of research software with high potential to support future scholarly practices. I'll reflect on curation strategies and decision points for research libraries seeking to increase their preservation-readiness for software curation. 

About Alex:

Alexandra Chassanoff is currently a Research Program Officer at the Educopia Institute, a former Postdoctoral fellow and current Research Affiliate at MIT’s Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS), and a faculty instructor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC SILS).  Alex conducts research on the use and users of born-digital collections of information, ranging from legacy software to archived web collections. She holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Information Science from UNC SILS. 

Prior to graduate school, she spent ten years as a data analyst and consultant.  


NE36 Please note the location.  This location requires an ID to sign into the building upon arrival.  Please allow time to sign in with security and to proceed to the 6th floor conference room before the start of the discussion.

CREOS Brown Bag talks consist of regular discussions and brainstorming sessions on all aspects of information science and uses of information science and technology to assess and solve institutional, social and research problems. These are informal talks. Discussions are often inspired by real-world problems being faced by the lead discussant.  

We will provide lunch, please bring your own drink and your questions.

If you cannot join us in person, please feel free to join via WebEx.

Topic: CREOS Brownbag- Curating complexity: A sociomaterial framework for software preservation in research libraries
Date and Time:
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Event number: 645 515 716
Event password: CREOSBB2019

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