Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC) Hosts Workshop on the Impact of Displacement & Disparity

Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC) Hosts Workshop on the Impact of Displacement & Disparity

Written by HaeMee Lee

The University of Maryland Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC), led by Director Richard Marciano and Associate Director Michael Kurtz (faculty at the College of Information Studies), held a successful workshop Friday, April 28, 2017 in Hornbake Library. (See video here)

The workshop, entitled "Digital Curation and the Local Community: Collaborating for Social Good," invited potential partners in the iSchool, the university and the local community to focus on the impact of displacement and disparity and collaborate.

Esteemed guests and community members gathered at the one-day workshop, highlighting archival and digital creation knowledge and skills, and developed a new space for engagement and service.

Among these guests were Dr. Keith Marzullo, Dean of the iSchool; Dr. Gerrit Knaap, director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education; Patrick Wojahn, mayor of College Park; and the keynote speaker Dr. Mindy Fullilove, a psychiatrist and professor at The New School for Public Engagement.

Looking at the impact of displacing communities on mental health and urban climbing, “upheaval and trauma can produce bad health far faster than doctors can cure it,” Dr. Fullilove said. In her keynote speech, she explains how and what it means to effectively promote a culture of health in urban areas affected by serial forced displacement. The workshop continued with three presentations.

Dr. Richard Marciano chaired a panel on the Historical Impact of Urban Renewal on Displacement in Local Communities. The panel included Priscilla Robinson of the Southside Community Advisory Board, Maxine Gross of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project, iSchool MIM student Mary Kendig, and iSchool doctoral student Myeong Lee of the Human Face of Big Data project.

Catherine Knight Steele, director of Synergies Among Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture (AADHum), chaired a panel on Documenting Disparity in Prince George’s County Communities. The panel included Dr. Willow Lung-Amam from the university’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Sydney Daigle of the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council; Dr. Jennifer Preece; and Carol Boston.

Andrew Fellows, director of the Campus Community Connection (C3) project, chaired a panel on Getting Organized-Initiating and Sustaining Collaborative Projects--the Next Steps. The panel included Dr. Stephen Thomas from the university’s School of Public Health, Dr. Sacoby Wilson from the university’s School of Public Health, Robert Grimm from the university’s School of Public Policy, and Gustavo Torres of CASA.

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More About the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC)

The DCIC is a research center that sponsors interdisciplinary projects that explore the integration of archival research data, user-coordinated data, and technology to generate new forms of analysis and historical research engagements. Gain new digital skills, conduct research, and explore professional development at the intersections of archives, big data, and analytics. Themes include: Refugee Narratives, Community Displacement, Racial Zoning, Movement of People, Citizen Internment, and Cyberinfrastructure of Digital Curation.