Hur-Li Lee: “The Notion of Collection: A Retrospective Overview” (iConference Paper, 2014)

Written on 02/01/2014. Filed under Member Activity.

Dr. Hur-Li Lee is participating in the 2014 iConference, presenting a workshop position paper titled “The notion of collection: A retrospective overview,” March 4, 2014.


Digital Collection Contexts: Intellectual and Organizational Functions at Scale
iConference 2014 Workshop
Berlin, Germany
March 4, 2014

Workshop Abstract

This full-day workshop examines conceptual and practical aspects of collections and the context they provide in the digital environment, especially in large-scale cultural heritage aggregations. Collections will be considered in relation to the information needs of scholars, roles of cultural institutions, and international interoperability. The workshop aims to:

  • Broaden the conversation across an international community
  • Further the research and development agenda for digital aggregations
  • Relate conceptual advances to implementation goals
  • Identify realistic approaches for collection representation, contextualization, and interoperability at scale

Trends in interoperable content and open data raise important questions on how to represent complex objects, curated and dynamic collections, and context in ways that benefit users and collecting institutions. This workshop will provide a forum for international engagement on this important topic and provide iSchools the opportunity to build a community around our strengths in this important research area. Sessions will be led by European and North American experts from iSchools and projects developing large-scale digital cultural heritage collections.

Conceptual Foundations Panel 9:45-11:00

  • The notion of collection: A retrospective overview, Hur-li Lee, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Position Paper)
  • Is collection modeling contextual modeling?, Karen Wickett, University of Texas at Austin (Position Paper)
  • Unity criteria of collection contexts: Why are items together?, Martin Doerr, Institute of Computer Science (ICS), Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (Position Paper)
    On the logical foundations of digital collections, Carlo Meghini, Instituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Position Paper)