Upcoming Presentations and Events

  • Copyright Open Office Hours: August 8
  • Introduction to Copyright webinar series
    • When does a copyrighted work enter the public domain? What rights do copyright holders have to control use of their work? What rights do cultural institutions have to use copyrighted works without permission, including in digital collections?

      Learn more about copyright law in this three-week interactive webinar series hosted by Ana Enriquez from the Penn State Libraries.

      July 31: “What’s Protected?”

      August 7: “When You Don’t Need Permission”

      August 14: “Permission and Who Can Grant It”

      Each webinar will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Call-in information can be found below.

      Please register through this form, and feel free to reach out with any questions! Hope to see you there.

      Zoom meeting information:

      Topic: Copyright Webinar Series


             Jul 31, 2019 10:00 AM

             Aug 7, 2019 10:00 AM

             Aug 14, 2019 10:00 AM

      Join Zoom Meeting


  • August 12, 2019: Metadata Anonymous Workshop in Pittsburgh, PA

    Metadata Anonymous will give current and future contributors to PA Digital a chance to see an actual metadata review live in-person through our aggregator tool and the free metadata cleanup software OpenRefine. We will review metadata from a real institutional collection and assess metadata quality. We will also highlight some of the typical metadata issues we encounter in our reviews.

    We’ll then take participants on a guided tour of OpenRefine’s basic and intermediate operations. Free exploration time will then be provided, during which participants can practice their skills through a set of guided OpenRefine challenges, or work in consultation with the moderators on a problem dataset of their choice. After that, we’ll host an interactive workshop on copyright and digital collections. The group will review the reasons that institutions can post material in digital collections and practice assessing copyright and assigning rights statements to sample items.

    Note: No OpenRefine experience is necessary, only an interest and willingness to learn. Please bring your own laptop for this component. OpenRefine installation instructions will be sent prior to the event.

    When: August 12, 2019, 9:30am-4:00pm

    Where: Heinz History Center, Reading Room, 1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

    Register here!

Past Presentations and Events:

  • 6/12/2019: Introduction to PA Digital, PALCI Meeting, Hershey, PA. [slides]
  • 2/12/2019, 3/26/2019, 6/18/2019: Copyright Open Office Hours.
    • 1/31/2019: Public Domain Party: GIF Making 101 [slides + handout]
    • 12/18/2018: “Frost, Cather, and Lovecraft: Coming to a Public Domain Near You!” [recording slides]
    • 7/31/2018: Metadata Anonymous, Penn State University. [pdf]
    • 4/12-4/14/2018: MARAC Spring 2018 Conference, Hershey, PA.
      • You Have the Right to Remain Silent: True Rights Statement Confessions [pdf]
    • 3/1/2018: Welcome & Orientation Webinar [webinar video][pdf]
    • 12/7/2017: Metadata Anonymous, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. [pdf]
    • 10/18/2017: PaLA 2017, Pittsburgh, PA.
      • If You Liked it Then You Should Have Put Metadata On It: Descriptive Cataloging and Selecting Rights Statements for Digital Collections
    • 7/20/2017: Knight Grant Orientation Webinar [ppt] [pdf]
    • 5/17/2017: PaLA Connect and Communicate: PA Digital Overview and Update – 2017 [webinar video] [ppt] [pdf]
    • 4/20-4/21/2017: DPLAfest2017, Chicago, IL.
      • Reaching Out to Potential DPLA Hub Contributors:
        PA Digital’s Communication Strategy and Plan, or “The Accidental Public Relations Manager” [pdf] [ppt]
      • “Implementing Rights Statements @ PSU and PA Digital” (part of Turn the Rights On: a RightsStatements.org Update and Comparison of Regional Rights Standardization Projects) [pdf] [ppt]:

    Check back here for regular updates.