On August 31 DANS had the pleasure to host a group of 22 students from the iSchool of the University of Washington, Seattle, US.
Trent Hill is the director of this annual UW Information School’s Netherlands Exploration Seminar which takes the students to the Netherlands and provides them with a great variety of talks from digital humanities scholars, information and computer scientists, including also visits to musea, archives and libraries. This year’s title was “Dutch Designs: Innovation in Library, Museum, and Information Services in the Netherlands” and DANS was proud to figure as one location. At DANS three lectures took place, which slides are now shared online. Andrea Scharnhorst gave an introduction into DANS (Slideshare), and why – in the information age – for an information service provider applied research is indispensable. Herbert van de Sompel, currently guest at DANS gave an insight into the research of his group (Dropbox), putting the problem of link rot in scholarly communication and possible cures into the spotlight. Finally, Dirk Roorda showed (pdf) how data enrichment, analysis and archiving can go together in Digital Humanities.
See the website of the University of Washington iSchool for more information about the annual Exploration Seminar.