Art Information Commons

Art in Context: Identity, Ethics, and Insight

November 19, 2021 | 2 Minute Read

Art in Context: Identity, Ethics, and Insight

Friday, November 19
1:00–3:30 p.m.
Speaker Biographies

Libraries, archives and museums have long had systems in place to manage identities (e.g. Library of Congress and Getty authorities) to help organize and share resources. Great responsibility is attached to this work, especially because of the nuances surrounding assignments of identity. Identity is complex, fluid, and multilayered. It is public, yet deeply personal, therefore there is much to be considered.

Join us as we explore how identity is managed—or not—across a variety of disciplines throughout the cultural heritage community.

Topics will range from ethics; how to manage identities in our fast-paced digital landscape; how to leverage new, more democratic technologies while incorporating long-established authorities; and what we can do to prepare for the future of identity management, archival practices, cataloging, and other information management concepts in order to make meaningful connections between our cultural data and create a more diverse narrative.

Welcome & Introductions
Kirsten Regina, Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives
Juliet Vinegra, Project Manager, Art Information Commons

Theory + Q&A
Synatra Smith, CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for African American Studies, Philadelphia Museum of Art/Temple University

Gala Porras-Kim, Contemporary Interdisciplinary Artist
I want to prepare to learn something I don’t know

Sarah Osborne-Bender, Head of Library Technical Services, National Gallery of Art
Why do you ask?: Name Authority Control in Art Museums and Libraries

Zakiya Collier, Digital Archivist, Schomberg
Ethical Expressions of Collective Memory: Re/presenting Black Life in Web Archiving and Linked Open Data

Practice + Q&A
Alex Kron, Digital Projects and Collections Specialist, Balboa Park Online Collaborative

Tanya Calvin, Community Engagement Archivist, Black Metropolis Research Consortium
Asking, Listening, and Providing Resources: Legacy Management for Black Chicagoland Communities

Steven J. Baskauf, Data Science and Data Curation Specialist, Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries, Vanderbilt University
Who’s the artist and who gets to decide? Identity management in Wikidata, where “anyone can edit”

Bree Midavaine, Taxonomist, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Identity: Conversation to Mindful Impact

To view the symposium, please visit this link and use passcode: u0&0Undr.

We gathered a list of resources and links from presentations and discussion during the symposium, which you can view here.

The Art Information Commons at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been made possible by the Mellon Foundation.