On this page
- Morning talks
- Workshop: (Wednesday 1:30 - 4:00 continuing Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm)
Join us in SFU's Big Data Hub Presentation Studio, ASB 10900 (formerly IRMACS) for an morning of inspiring talks by speakers from across disciplines and domains. Register for the Data Love-in morning talks to reserve your seat.
Keynote: Big Data and History (or ‘how this historian learned to stop worrying and love big data’) 10:00 - 11:00
The continually-growing volume of cultural heritage held in web archives is a vast resource awaiting the use of researchers in fields as varied as history, political science, sociology, and computer science. While web archives have been collected and saved since 1996, scholarly use has lagged due to the sheer scale of the data that confronts potential users. In this talk, Ian Milligan argues that interdisciplinary collaboration, bringing together librarians, computer scientists, and historians, holds the best pathway forward. Drawing on varied case studies, from explorations of 1990s youth culture to comparing the archived websites of Obama and Trump, Milligan highlights efforts to unlock web archives for historical research.
Ian Milligan is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Waterloo, where he teaches Canadian and digital history. Ian's work explores how historians can use web archives, the large repositories of cultural information that the Internet Archive and many other libraries have been collecting since 1996. He has published two books: the co-authored Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian’s Macroscope (2015) and Rebel Youth: 1960s Labour Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada(2014). In 2016, Ian was named the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN)’s recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Award.
Panel Discussion: Why should you love your data? The benefits of well-curated data 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Milena is an interdisciplinary mixed-methods researcher with a focus on media and communication studies, sound studies, sensory ethnography, design and education. She has worked extensively in educational research, specifically, game-based learning and computational literacy. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Research on Digital Learning at York University (IRDL), Milena worked on the Think, Design, Play project, which investigates game development as an instructional tool for teaching computational literacy in the k-12 system. Milena is part of the Vancouver Soundwalking Collective and has been involved in acoustic ecology, field recording and soundscape research for over 14 years. Current research interests include sound ethnographies of the city, mobile cultural practices, sound in social media, sonification of social and environmental data, as well as game sound histories and design. Milena is part of Re-FIG, an international SSHRC-funded partnership exploring women's participation in gaming, working on a transmedia historical analysis of gendered sonic archetypes in games.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Andy has worked extensively in the non-profit and private urban planning sectors, with projects in the metropolitan regions of Vancouver, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles and New Orleans. He specializes in the fields of urban regeneration, applied demographics, GIS, neighbourhood development, public outreach, social media, and quantitative research.
Andy holds a master’s in urban planning from the University of California – Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts from SFU. He is a registered professional planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Certified GIS Professional. Andy is Director of The City Program at SFU and an adjunct professor at UBC’s School of Regional and Community Planning and an affiliate of UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He is also a member of SFU’s Urban Studies Advisory Council. He has been a visiting scholar at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Studies Institute (2002-2003, 2015-2016). Active in community service, Andy has served on the board of directors for the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House and the David Suzuki Foundation’s Climate Council. He was also reappointed to the City of Vancouver Commission in 2014. He is a former member of the City of Vancouver’s Development Permit Board Advisory Panel, and of the Academic Roundtable for the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability.
Isabel Lee is a research assistant at an organization within the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU. She likes telling the interesting stories that come from data. She examined the effect of seasonal changes in food prices on obesity rates for her honours thesis at SFU. She holds an MA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. During her graduate studies, she developed her research interests in behavioural economics, human capital and education, inequality, development, field experiments, and early childhood intervention; she also used the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) 79 dataset to study the effect of education on cognitive ability.
Carla Graebner (facilitator)
Carla is the Research Data Services and Government Information Librarian at Simon Fraser University. She is responsible for research data management support including data curation, data management planning, and providing access to data resources. As the Government Information Librarian, she provides support in navigating and accessing government resources. Carla is Chair of the Portage Data Management Plan Expert Group and sits on the Board of the British Columbia Freedom of Information and Privacy Association.
Workshop: (Wednesday 1:30 - 4:00 continuing Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm)
Twitter and Web Archive Analysis at Scale
Register for Twitter and Web Archive Analysis at Scale to reserve your seat.
Born-digital sources, such as Twitter streams and archived web pages, have the potential to re-work scholarship in several crucial respects. The sheer volume of cultural information generated and, crucially, preserved every day presents exciting opportunities for historians, political scientists, sociologists, and other scholars. Since 2015, the Web Archives for Historical Research group at the University of Waterloo and York University has been developing, testing, and using tools to explore wide swaths of our collective cultural heritage. In 2017, Waterloo and York received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop the "Archives Unleashed" project, a set of tools for web and social media analysis.
This day and a half workshop presents a series of Twitter and Web Archive analysis tools for researchers to use. On Day 1(half day), in the afternoon, Nick Ruest (Digital Assets Librarian, York University) will run a hands-on workshop on Twitter analysis (using both the twarc tool and the Archives Unleashed Toolkit). On Day 2, in the morning, Ian Milligan (Associate Professor of History, University of Waterloo) will run an Archives Unleashed workshop on web archiving analysis, using collections form Simon Fraser University. Finally, in the afternoon, participants will have the tools and resources to work on independent projects, with support from Ruest and Milligan.
Nick Ruest is the Digital Assets Librarian at York University, co-Principal Investigator of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded The Archives Unleashed Project, co-Principal Investigator of the SSHRC grant “A Longitudinal Analysis of the Canadian World Wide Web as a Historical Resource, 1996-2014”, and co-Principal Investigator of the Compute Canada Research Platforms and Portals Web Archives for Longitudinal Knowledge.
At York University, he oversees the development of data curation, asset management and preservation initiatives, along with creating and implementing systems that support the capture, description, delivery, and preservation of digital objects having significant content of enduring value. He was previously active in the Islandora and Fedora communities, serving as Project Director for the Islandora CLAW project, member of the Islandora Foundation’s Roadmap Committee and Board of Directors, and contributed code to the project. He has also served as the Release Manager for Islandora and Fedora, the moderator for the OCUL Digital Curation Community, the President of the Ontario Library and Technology Association, and President of McMaster University Academic Librarians’ Association.