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Artists and the Reciprocal Research Network: A literature review of artists' information behaviour applied in a digital heritage context

Presented to Dr. Lisa Nathan and Dr. Heather L. O'Brien
LIBR 594 (directed study)
November 2015

This document is an in-depth literature review created as the foundation of future research on the same subject. It examines the existing work on artists' information needs and behaviour from within the field of information studies and draws connections to the potentials of emerging digital systems.

Visit the Reciprocal Research Network here.
Read the paper here.

Objects and preservation

Silk: Properties and preservation of aged silk

LIBR 587 (preservation)
November 2, 2015

This document is an in-depth examination of the properties and preservation of silk textiles in an archival or museum context. It was prepared for a course on preservation, and was later modified and presented to the Society for the Museum of Original Costume to guide the preservation of their silk garments.

Read the paper here.

Digital/physical object analysis: Wooden mask or Q!umugwe'?

ANTH 518 (museum studies)
November 27, 2014

This document is a response written for an assignment, in partnership with the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), regarding possibilities and limitations of physical and digital objects in museums. Students wrote condition reports for an object from the MOA collection and compared the information they were able to gather to that of its digital record hosted on the Reciprocal Research Network.

Visit the Reciprocal Research Network here.
Read the paper here.

Usability and access

Usership and Usability in Open Government Data

prepared with Monica Swamiraj
LIBR 505 (research methods)
June 19, 2014

This document is a research proposal examining the usability of Open Government Data (OGD). OGD initiatives have been increasingly under scrutiny as all levels over government make their datasets available to the public via data portals under an open license. The goal of the resulting research would be to to determine which user-groups benefit most from existing OGD, how these groups differ in their use of OGD systems, and to assess existing usability metrics best reflect the experience of the user-groups studied.

Read the proposal here.

Copyright and Intellectual Freedom

WIPO, public good and libraries: Briefing on the Treaty Proposal on Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives

LIBR 569M (copyright)
June 1, 2014

This document is a briefing on the recent changes in international copyright law and the proposed (and existing) exceptions for libraries and archives. The briefing goes through the articles outlined in the Treaty Proposal on Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives and prioritizes them according to its own logic. The briefing therefore draws on broader themes to justify its rankings.

Read the briefing here.

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