CAFe Series: Data Articles: Introducing a Genre–with the Journal of Open Humanities Data and Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation

Event Start Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 12:00 pm

Event End Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 1:00 pm

Location: Virtual EST, Registration Required

Although data publication or deposit is not new, data papers are. This panel discussion for the Center for Archival Futures at the University of Maryland will feature representatives from the Journal of Open Humanities Data (JOHD) and the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation—two open access humanities journals–that are leading the way in peer-reviewed data paper publication. Dr. Kristina Poznan of the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation and Dr. Victoria Van Hyning (UMD iSchool/CAFe) and Paola Marongiu (Université de Neuchâtel) of JOHD will discuss the need for and features of this new journal article genre, specifically for contextualizing humanities datasets, raising awareness of the importance of well-described datasets in the humanities, and the enormous potential for reuse that data sharing enables. JOHD was established with Ubiquity Press in 2015 to promote awareness, use, and reuse of humanities data. JOHD data papers promote the comprehensive description of how a dataset was assembled, where it may be accessed, and any crucial context including the research questions that framed the data gathering, including limitations to the original methods or scope of sources included. The Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation was established in 2020 to contextualize published open datasets related to history of African slavery and to promote awareness, use, and reuse of the data and findings. links contributed for a unified search feature, assisting descendants and scholars in finding information about named individuals across disparate archival sources. The speakers will discuss the submission processes for both journals. A Q&A will follow.

Victoria Van Hyning is an Assistant Professor of Library Innovation at the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies (iSchool) at College Park. She has a background in medieval and early modern English literature, digital humanities, and cultural heritage crowdsourcing and publishes in these areas. She is a co-founder of CAFe and the Recovering and Reusing Archival Data or RRAD Lab at UMD where she focuses on communities, user-generated content, crowdsourcing, and data reuse. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Open Humanities Data.

Paola Marongiu is a PhD student and assistant on the project WoPoss, a project to annotate a balanced corpus of Latin texts from the 3rd century BC to the 7th century in order to study the evolution of lexical and morphological modal markers. Her research interests include Theoretical Linguistics, with a focus on Latin and Modality, Digital Humanities and Computational Linguistics. In her PhD project she employs computational methods to investigate the co-occurrence of modal markers in a Latin corpus. She holds a Masters degree in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from the University of Pavia, and a Bachelor in Modern Studies from the University of Bologna.

Kristina E. Poznan is Clinical Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland, working specifically on UMD’s contributions to Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade. A scholar of U.S. migration history, Poznan earned her PhD in History in 2017 from the College of William & Mary, where she also completed her editorial training with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture. She was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Public History at La Salle University in Philadelphia and New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. In addition to her work as the managing editor of’s Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation, she provides internships and undergraduate and graduate training opportunities in digital history and methods.

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