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Research Data Management Conference 2014: Data Management Conference 2014

Date, Location, and Registration


October 22, 9 a.m. to 12 noon.


DC 1302, University of Waterloo

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9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9:15 a.m. Historians and the Web Age: Making Sense of Abundance

Ian Milligan, Assistant Professor of Digital and Canadian History, University of Waterloo

10:15 a.m. Coffee Break

10:30 Project ARC

Carol Perry, Associate Librarian, University of Guelph

11:15 Overview of Research Data Management in Academic Libraries

Courtney Earl Matthews, Digital Repository Librarian University of Waterloo

Topics and Speaker Information

Historians and the Web Age: Making Sense of Abundance

"Historians and the Web Age" argues that we need to understand the implications of the arrival of new archives: web collections. These collections of websites aggregated into single files necessitate a rethinking of how historians will approach their professional standards and trainings, with particular implications for historians studying topics involving the 1980s onwards. While historians are normally accustomed to not having enough information about their topic, the problem for many is now shifting towards having far too much data. How can humanities-based researchers begin to grapple with these problems?


Ian Milligan is an assistant professor of digital and Canadian history at the University of Waterloo, working on how historians can engage with web archives. He serves as a founding co-editor of the public history website, teaches in the area of historical methodologies and postwar Canadian history, and contributes extensively to Programming Historian project.

Project ARC

The aim of the project is to lay the foundation for the implementation of a library-based research data management network in Canada. The objectives are:

  1. Provide support for institutions to deliver data management plans (DMPs)
  2. Develop a plan for the implementation of a centre of expertise for the curation of research data in Canada
  3. Undertake a pilot that will act as an exemplar for a national preservation service for research data
  4. Develop an organizational framework and operational plan for a library-based research data management network in Canada


Carol Perry is a Working Group Member of Project ARC which was initiated by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries. She is also the Associate Librarian, Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication at the McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph.

Overview of Research Data Management in Academic Libraries

Get a broad overview of where academic research libraries in the U.S. and Canada are in terms of Research Data Management (RDM) services and technologies.  Then hear some suggestions on near(er)-term items that we here at Waterloo can pursue in terms of either RDM content, technologies, or services.


Courtney Earl Matthews is the Digital Repository Librarian at the University of Waterloo Library. Courtney came to Waterloo from Purdue University Libraries where he was the Digital Data Repository Specialist.