Carl Zimmer

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Keynote Speaker - Carl Zimmer

From The Page to the Pixel: Science Writing Goes Online

The Internet has profoundly transformed communication about science. Traditional venues, such as museums and printed magazines, have now been joined by blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and a dizzying menagerie of other media. Carl's talk will discuss his experiments--successful and otherwise--in making the transition to science online.


About the speaker

Carl Zimmer is an award-winning popular science writer, speaker, and blogger who has covered a range of topics from evolution to tatoos. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and was on the staff at Discover Magazine for a decade. He is the author of 13 books and numerous articles for the New York Times and magazines such as Scientific American and National Geographic. Since 2008, he has been a lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program at Yale University, teaching science writing. He is a two-time winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award, and he has won the National Academies Communication Award.



Plenary Session

The Digital Content Lifecycle and Natural History Collections: New Responsibilities and Opportunities.

There has been an increasing focus on digitizing objects housed in Natural History collections, and recent funding initiatives will lead to the acquisition of digital assets on a massive scale. The acquisition of these assets presents many new challenges related to the management and accessibility of these items. It also provides an opportunity to make collections accessible in new and interesting ways. This session will feature presentations on the digital content life-cycle from leaders in the field. Topics to be covered include preservation, discovery, and dissemination.




Paul Courant

University of Michigan Librarian and Dean of Libraries

Paul N. Courant is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Economics, Professor of Information, and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Courant has authored half a dozen books and over seventy papers covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy, including tax policy, local economic development, gender differences in pay, housing, radon and public health, relationships between economic growth and environmental policy, and university budgeting systems. More recently, he has been studying the economics of universities, the economics of libraries and archives, and the changes in the system of scholarly communication that derive from new information technologies. From 2007-2010, Courant was a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access.



Kenneth Hamma

Consulting Information Architect, Yale Center for British Art

Kenneth Hamma is currently working as an independent consultant for planning and organizational change at the intersection of information technology and cultural heritage collections. Among current clients are the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Yale Center for British Art, the Museums of New Mexico and Yale’s Office of Digital Assets and Infrastructure. He was Executive Director for Digital Policy and Initiatives at the J. Paul Getty Trust until 2008. From 1996 to 2004 he was Assistant Director and from 1987 to 1996 Associate Curator of Antiquities at the Getty Museum. He has served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), a member of the RLG Programs Council of OCLC, and a member of the At Large Advisory Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).



Dominic Oldman

Deputy Head of Information Systems, British Museum

Dominic Oldman is the British Museum’s Information Systems Development Manager and the Principal Investigator of ResearchSpace, an Andrew Mellon Foundation-funded project developing a collaborative online environment for humanities research projects using semantic web data technology. He has been involved in museum curatorial computing for many years and managed the implementation of the British Museum’s Collection Online system, recently extended for computer reuse. He is currently chair of the new Bloomsbury Digital Humanities Group.