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Feb. 28, 2020: Richard Marciano Launches the Advanced Information Collaboratory (AIC) after Directing the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC) for 5 Years

Richard Marciano is pleased to announce the founding and launching of the AIC Collaboratory (“Advanced Information Collaboratory”) on Feb. 28, 2020!

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Computational Archival Science (CAS) Symposium at the Alan Turing Institute at the British Library on Jan. 20 & 21, 2020.

After founding, starting up, and directing the DCIC (Digital Curation Innovation Center) for the last five years, Richard Marciano has now moved on to new innovative research ventures in the iSchool. The AIC’s goal is to further expand on the collaborative Computational Archival Science (CAS) research agenda and is, simply put, an international “community network” of partners interested in exploring the opportunities and challenges of “disruptive technologies” for archives and records management.

The DCIC, started by former U. Maryland iSchool Dean, Jenny Preece, and co-implemented with Dr. Michael Kurtz, was based on the concept of “Integrating Education and Research” and creating a hands-on project-based experiential and learning lab for graduate and undergraduate students in the iSchool.

Launch of the DCIC  on March 31, 2015  

Inspired by Duke University’s Bass Connections program, where Richard was part of the inaugural 2013 project “Making Data Matter” with Cathy Davidson (former Duke Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies), Molly Tamarkin (former Duke Associate University Librarian for Information Technology), and community leader Priscilla Ndiaye, the philosophy was to form interdisciplinary teams of graduate and undergraduate students working on societally impactful projects while collaborating on cutting-edge research and embedded in and mentored by interdisciplinary faculty teams.

Digital Curation Students & Filmmaker Event on Oct. 30, 2019

Dr. Marciano expresses his appreciation to the over 300 students from all over the UMD campus who got involved in a dozen grant-funded projects, co-wrote papers, and presented at public events! Continue to follow us at https://ai-collaboratory.net.

Some of Dr. Marciano’s currently and formerly funded projects include:

  1. UK-US International Research Collaboration Network in Computational Archival Science [AHRC-funded],
  2. Developing a Computational Framework for Library and Archival Education Research [IMLS-funded],
  3. Developing a Digital Asset Management System for the National Park Service [NPS-funded],
  4. DRAS-TIC Fedora (“Improving Fedora to Work with Web-Scale Storage and Services”) [IMLS-funded],
  5. Brown Dog (“Making Sense of Billion-Record Archives” with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications) [NSF-funded],
  6. Japanese-American WWII Camps [UMD FIA-funded],
  7. Applying Archival Analytics to the MSA Legacy of Slavery Project [students funded through the Kurtz Foundation],
  8. Redlining in America [IMLS-funded],
  9. Urban Renewal and The Human Face of Big Data (w. M. Lee) [NSF-funded],
  10. International Research Portal for Holocaust-Era Cultural Property (led and funded by Michael Kurtz), and
  11. Curate Cloud (which led to the creation of the Virtual Computing Lab VCL software and the creation of the DCIP Digital Curation for Information Professionals certificate program) [IMLS-funded].
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