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Cultural Leadership Guest Speaker: Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online

Monday, May 16, 2022

12:00 PM-1:30 PM

In the midst Russia’s War on Ukraine, how can crowd-sourced efforts to preserve digital cultural heritage pave the way for future healing?


“We are a group of more than 1,300 cultural heritage professionals – librarians, archivists, researchers, programmers – working together to identify and archive at-risk sites, digital content, and data in Ukrainian cultural heritage institutions while the country is under attack. We are using a combination of technologies to crawl and archive sites and content, including the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, the Browsertrix crawler. So far we have saved more than 30TB of scanned documents, artworks and many other digital materials from 3,500+ websites of Ukrainian museums, libraries and archives.” 

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Anna E. Kijas  is Head of Lilly Music Library at Tufts University. She is an active member of the Music Library Association (MLA) and serves as Editor for the Technical Reports & Monographs in Music Librarianship series. Anna also serves on the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) and co-chairs the Digital Pedagogy Interest Group for the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI). Her research interests include exploring the affordances and application of digital humanities tools and methods in historical (music) research, the application of standards, including TEI and MEI, for open access research and publishing, and the use of minimal computing. Anna co-founded Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO) in March 2022 with Quinn Dombrowski and Sebastian Majstorovic.

Quinn Dombrowski  is the Academic Technology Specialist in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and in the Library, at Stanford University. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2018, Quinn’s many DH adventures included supporting the high-performance computing cluster at UC Berkeley, running the DiRT tool directory with support from the Mellon Foundation, writing books on Drupal for Humanists and University of Chicago library graffiti, and working on the program staff of Project Bamboo, a failed digital humanities cyberinfrastructure initiative.  Quinn has a BA/MA in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Chicago, and an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since coming to Stanford, Quinn has supported numerous non-English DH projects, taught courses on non-English DH, started a Textile Makerspace, developed a tabletop roleplaying game to teach DH project management, explored trends in multilingual Harry Potter fanfic, and started the Data-Sitters Club, a feminist DH pedagogy and research group focused on Ann M. Martin’s 90’s girls series “The Baby-Sitters Club”. Quinn is currently co-VP of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, and advocates for better support for DH in languages other than English.

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