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2023 NISO Humanities Roundtable

Virtual Conference


This day-length conference continues in the tradition of the previous 20 years by drawing on the expertise of scholarly associations, university presses, librarians, researchers, and more to provide participants with exciting discussions around the needs of those working in the humanities. This year’s program will examine how the transition to open access and the emergence of new technologies will shape the future of these disciplines. In addition to thought-provoking keynotes and expert panels, the event will include plenty of time for interactivity and discussion, providing a forum for stakeholders to come together and identify trends, share best practices, and set priorities that reflect the needs of the humanities community.

Confirmed speakers: Ramón Alvarado, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Data Science Initiatives & Data Ethics Coordinator, University of Oregon; Ashley Champagne, Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship, Brown University Library; Divine Fuh, Director, HUMA, University of Cape Town; Bryn Geffert, Dean of Libraries and Professor of History, University of Vermont; Jason Griffey, Director of Strategic Initiatives, NISO; James Huckenpahler, Professorial Lecturer & Instructional Lab Coordinator, Digital Studios, Studio Arts Program, George Washington University; Katherine McDonough, Senior Research Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute; Lucy Montgomery, Professor of Knowledge Innovation, Curtin University; Roopika Risam, Associate Professor in the Digital Humanities and Social Engagement Cluster, Dartmouth CollegeBen Schmidt, Vice President of Information Design, Nomic; Lauren Tilton, Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, University of Richmond; and Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian for Publishing/Director, University of Michigan Press. 


10:30am - 10:45 am: Welcome (15 minutes)

First Half of the Day:  Open Access of Humanities Monographs

10:45am - 11:15am: Keynote Speaker (30 minutes) - Charles Watkinson
11:15am - 12:00pm: Panel Discussion (45 minutes)  Moderator: Bryn Geffert, Panelists: Ashley Champagne, Divine Fuh, and Roopika Risam       
12:00pm - 12:10pm: Quick Break (10 minutes)
12:10pm - 12:40pm: Breakouts (30 minutes)
12:40pm - 1:10pm: Discussions (30 minutes)
1:10pm - 1:40pm: LUNCH BREAK (30 minutes)

Second Half of the Day: AI in Generative Content & Authorship

1:40pm - 2:10pm: Keynote Speaker (30 minutes) - Katherine McDonough
2:10pm - 3:10pm: Panel Discussion (45 minutes with 15 minute Q+A)  Moderator: Jason Griffey, Panelists:  Ramón Alvarado, James Huckenpahler, Ben Schmidt; and Lauren Tilton
3:10pm - 3:20pm: Quick Break (10 minutes)
3:20pm - 3:50pm: Breakouts (30 minutes) 
3:50pm - 4:15pm: Discussions (30 minutes)
4:15pm - 4:30pm: Summary (30 minutes)

7:00pm - 7:45pm: Evening Presentation - Lucy Montgomery
7:45pm - 8:30pm: Conclusion and Final Thoughts

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Event Sessions

10:30am - 10:45am: Welcome


10:45am - 11:15am: Opening Keynote


Charles Watkinson

Associate University Librarian for Publishing & Director, University of Michigan Press
University of Michigan Library

11:15am - 12:00pm Noon: Panel Discussion


Bryn Geffert

Dean of Libraries and Professor of History
University of Vermont

Roopika Risam

Associate Professor in the Digital Humanities and Social Engagement Cluster
Dartmouth College

Shared Resource:

American Library Association - Labeling Systems: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

12:00pm - 12:10pm: Break

12:10pm - 12:40pm: Breakouts

12:40pm - 1:10pm: Discussions

1:10pm - 1:40pm: Lunch Break

1:40pm - 2:10pm: Afternoon Keynote


Shared resources:

Felt: MapReader Launch Output Examples

The Alan Turing Institute: MapReader Railspace and Buildings dataset outputs

2:10pm - 3:10pm: Panel Discussion with Q+A


Ramón Alvarado

Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Data Science Initiative
University of Oregon

James Huckenpahler

Professorial Lecturer & Instructional Lab Coordinator, Digital Studios, Studio Arts Program
George Washington University

Lauren Craig Tilton

Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, Data Science Advisory Board Member, & Program Coordinator, American Studies
University of Richmond

Shared Resources:

Maps with a sense of the past: what are synthetic maps, and why do we love them? by Chris Fleet, Zekun Li, Katie McDonough, and Valeria Vitale.

DALL·E 2 - an AI system that can create realistic images and art from a description in natural language.

AI and the American Smile: How AI misrepresents culture through a facial expression

Explain xkcd - 2494: Flawed Data

Borges’ ‘On Rigor in Science’ — A New Annotated Translation

NOMIC: Vertex AI embeddings of stack overflow posts

Collection Space Navigator: An Interactive Visualization Interface for Multidimensional Datasets

Yale DH Lab PixPlot - PixPlot facilitates the dynamic exploration of tens of thousands of images. Inspired by Benoît Seguin et al.’s paper at DH Krakow (2016), PixPlot uses the penultimate layer of a pre-trained convolutional neural network for image captioning to derive a robost featurization space in 2,048 dimensions.

Nothing, Foreveran American interactive procedurally generated animated sitcom broadcast as a livestream.

MusicGen - a simple and controllable model for music generation presented at: “Simple and Controllable Music Generation”.

AI won an art contest, and artists are furious

Exclusive: OpenAI Used Kenyan Workers on Less Than $2 Per Hour to Make ChatGPT Less Toxic

What kind of trust does AI deserve, if any? by Ramón Alvarado 

Artists Are Suing Artificial Intelligence Companies and the Lawsuit Could Upend Legal Precedents Around Art By Shanti Escalante-De Mattei

Wikipedia Spotlight: Timnit Gebru -  an Ethiopian-born computer scientist who works on algorithmic bias and data mining. She is an advocate for diversity in technology and co-founder of Black in AI, a community of Black researchers working in artificial intelligence (AI).

Data Cartels - The Companies That Control and Monopolize Our Information by Sara Lamdan

3:10pm - 3:20pm: Break

3:20pm - 3:50pm: Breakouts

3:50pm - 4:15pm: Discussions

4:15pm - 4:30pm: Summary and Conclusion

7:00pm - 7:45pm: Evening Presentation


We strive to engage a global audience and have invited a speaker as an extension to the program!

Dr. Lucy Montgomery is Professor of Knowledge Innovation at Curtin University, where she leads the Innovation in Knowledge Communication research program at the Centre for Culture and Technology. Montgomery’s current projects include the Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative, a major strategic research initiative that is bringing together publicly available data about the openness of global research landscapes and lowering barriers to its use; as well as the Mellon Foundation funded Book Analytics Dashboard Project (2022-2025), which is creating a sustainable OA book focussed analytics service that supports diversity in the voices, perspectives, geographies, topics and languages made visible through OA books. 

7:45pm - 8:30pm: Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Additional Information

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