Snowden Live: Canada and the Security State Date: Wednesday, March 4 2015 Time: 12-2 p.m. Where: RCC 103, Rogers Communications Centre, Ryerson University, 80 Gould Street, Toronto Join CJFE for a discussion about the state of mass surveillance in Canada, featuring a live Q&A with Edward Snowden. Whistleblower, former NSA contractor, and subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Citizenfour,” Edward Snowden has sparked […]

Jon Ippolito: Digital Preservation and the Search for Renewable Culture

As part of the Digital Curation Institute’s Lecture Series 2015, on February 23 guest speaker Prof. Jon Ippolito is speaking about Digital Preservation and the Search for Renewable Culture. Abstract: Dead links, delaminated CDs, and demagnetized hard drives are all signs of a cultural heritage system in peril from technological obsolescence. Yet even if we […]

Workshop on ICT for Sustainability at the iConference 2015

Workshop page: This workshop aims at establishing a community and potential research collaborations within the iSchools network and beyond to link efforts around ICT for sustainability. ICT can be a threat but also an enabler for environmental and social sustainability, in the form of systems that support the protection of natural resources, that foster communities […]

The 2015 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship: an interesting read

For those interested in digital curation and digital stewardship, the following will be an interesting read: The 2015 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship outlines “emerging technological trends, gaps in digital stewardship capacity, and key areas for funding, research and development to ensure that today’s valuable digital content remains accessible and comprehensible in the future, supporting a […]


Margaret Hedstrom: CyberInfrastructure for Digital Curation – Some Lessons from SEAD

The DCI lecture on October 30 features Prof. Margaret Hedstrom

Abstract: Countless examples of standards, tools, and shared practices for digital curation exist, but do these puzzle pieces add up to a scalable infrastructure for Big Data?  SEAD (Sustainable Environment: Actionable Data) is building a suite of services for end-to-end capture, sharing, analysis, publishing and preservation of data for researchers in sustainability science.  Margaret Hedstrom, SEAD PI, will discuss SEAD’s efforts to align the needs and interests of diverse scientists with an evolving infrastructure for data preservation and access in the “long tail” of scientific research.

hedstrom_margaretMargaret Hedstrom is a Professor at the School of Information, University of Michigan. Her current research interests include digital preservation strategies, sharing and reuse of scientific data, and the role of archives in shaping collective memory.  She is PI for SEAD (Sustainable Environment: Actionable Data), an $8 million project funded by the US National Science Foundation, that is building cyberinfrastructure and developing new practices for data sharing, preservation, access and reuse. She also heads a NSF-sponsored traineeship (IGERT) at the University of Michigan called “Open Data” in partnership with faculty and doctoral students in bioinformatics, computer science, information science, materials science, and chemical engineering that is investigating tools and policies for data sharing and data management.  She currently chairs a study committee for the National Research Council, National Academy of Science, on Digital Curation Workforce and Education Issues.

The lecture took place on October 30 at 4pm at the Faculty of Information, in Room 728 (7th floor) at the iSchool, Bissell Building, 140 St. George Street.


Margaret Hedstrom describes SEAD's focus on the long-tail in scientific research.

Margaret Hedstrom describes SEAD’s focus on the long-tail in scientific research.


SCAPE Planning and Watch suite wins the Best Demo award at Digital Libraries 2014

The SCAPE Planning and Watch suite demonstration of the preservation lifecycle has won the Best Demo award at DL2014,the conjoined conference for both the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries and the Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries Conference series. Kresimir Duretec from Vienna University of Technology pitched the demonstration at the minute madness session:         […]

A new website for the DCI

Welcome to the new website of the Digital Curation Institute! The various content areas will be growing over the next months, so please come back, and please let us know what you think!   Christoph Becker Director, Digital Curation Institute

We are constructing, please come back soon!

The Digital Curation Institute (DCI) at the University of Toronto’s iSchool provides a rich, interdisciplinary environment for investigating principles and theory building related to the creation, management, use, interpretation and preservation of digital resources; conducting research on digital curation issues; and developing technologies and tools to support best practice in this area. It promotes innovative […]

Caroline Kimbell – Commercial Licensing at the UK National Archives: protecting services in times of austerity

As part of the Digital Curation Institute’s Lecture Series 2014, on March 24 guest speaker Caroline Kimbell gave the third DCI lecture 2014. Abstract (preliminary): The UK National Archives has taken a 25% cut in public funding since 2009. Although some jobs were lost and opening hours reduced from 6 to 5 days per week […]