Phaidracon 2021 - The Vienna Sessions

Phaidracon 2021, takes place this coming November 17, 18 and 19, and will feature 2 roundtables with experts on Nov 17 and 18. On Wednesday the topic will be 'Reevaluating Open Source in Academia', the Thursday features 'Digital Humanities in the API Economy'. Both topics will be tightly connected to the Friday, which is the actual conference day. The organisation wants to highlight practical uses of data management with Phaidra, do's and don'ts, a Q+A and an AMA with the technical team behind Phaidra.

The open source Phaidra Project has one simple focus: 

The effective long term preservation of academic data.  

This simple mission touches on topics at the core of modern academia and broader society: from accessibility, collaboration, and open science; through academic rigour accountability and repeatability; to more pragmatic subjects such as budget restraints, reuse, and even revenue generation.

Building on last year’s lively ‘Vienna Sessions’ (see the links above), Phaidracon 2021 starts with two more exciting roundtables. We invite anyone with an interest in digitization, ḧumanities, data preservation, data management, open access, scientific publications and digital library to tune in and join us in the interactive online debate.

For those whose interest is piqued, we will follow this up with a packed day of presentations and announcements from the Phaidra community. 

Free and open to all, join our open source community to help preserve human knowledge, or just join us for 30 minutes for an interesting debate. 

Roundtables 2021

Participants for the roundtables are yet to be announced

 Nov 17: Roundtable - Reevaluating Open Source in Academia

Much has been made of the role and value of open source software within academia. But, is open source, on its own, the panacea that it was once thought to be? After all, open source is really only about a software license.

As open source software has matured and, in many areas, become the new norm, people are looking deeper into the mechanics of collaboration. In the first of this year’s Phaidracon debates, we will explore the relevance of this debate to the Phaidra project’s objective of sustainable, long-term data preservation:

  • Is open source code a solution for software longevity, or is this more about community, collaboration and agreed standards?
  • In the long term, are we better to decouple data (as far as possible) from the short term liabilities of software?
  • And in a world of tightening academic budgets, is sustainability more about ensuring that we use technology effectively to derive ongoing value from the data we seek to preserve?



 Nov 18: Roundtable - Digital Humanities in the API Economy

The inner workings of organisations from lean tech start-ups, to government departments and the largest global corporations are all being abstracted into open, standardised and easily accessible Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).    

Shielded from the complexities of the underlying IT systems, the API economy is giving birth to a new breed of online entrepreneurship. How do we get things (products, services, information) to people in new and exciting ways? How do we create new experiences that blend the online, compute power and the physical?

  • What does all this mean for digital humanities?

  • Is there a new model for digitization of our cultural heritage?

  • What opportunities does this open up for Cross-discipline/Cross-organisational  sharing and collaboration?

  • Is there a new blurring of the boundaries between academia, museums and archives, amateur enthusiasts and the general public?

  • Does this offer new service/revenue opportunities?

  • Most importantly, how will this work in reality?

 Nov 19: Conference Day

We are actively working on the schedule. Any suggestions are welcome.

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