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Thursday, August 16 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Open Forums: Safe Search Among Sensitive Content: Investigating Archivist and Donor Conceptions of Privacy, Secrecy, and Access

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This open forum will describe initial findings from the Safe Search Among Sensitive Content project, which is a collaborative investigation of contextual privacy and redaction in large email archives, as well as elicit discussion from archival practitioners on concerns surrounding privacy and access of email archives. By interviewing archivists, donors, and users of email collections, the project team has identified themes of what constitutes a “sensitive” record, and is building an ontology of categories of secrets and secret-keeping in email communications. The project will also use machine learning to further analyze the identified categories of secrets, and aims to deconstruct definitions of privacy, secrecy, transparency, and access from interdisciplinary research using an archival lens. The project team includes computer scientists, archivists, PhD students, and faculty from the University of Maryland and the University of Waterloo.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Christian-Lamb

Caitlin Christian-Lamb

Ph.D. Student, University of Maryland
Caitlin is a PhD student at the University of Maryland's iSchool, where she focuses on collective memory, digital humanities, and the nature of secrecy in email archive collections. She previously worked as the Digital Archivist of Davidson College.
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Glynn Edwards

Assistant Director, Special Collections, Stanford University
As the Assistant Director I focus on the Born-Digital Program & Collection Services division for the Department of Special Collections. I also run the ePADD Project which continues to develop an email archiving and delivery tool.
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Douglas Oard

Professor, University of Maryland
Doug Oard is a Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty at the iSchool and a Professor in the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. His work focuses on the use of emerging technologies to support information seeking and sense-making... Read More →
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Katie Shilton

Associate Professor & Doctoral Program Director, University of Maryland
Katie Shilton is an Associate Professor at College of Information Studies and leads the Ethics & Values in Design (EViD) Lab at the UMD iSchool. Her research and teaching explores ethics and policy for the design of information collections, systems and technologies, and digital c... Read More →


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