Cultural Heritage at Scale
Encoding Cultural Heritage at Scale

May 2-3, 2019
Vanderbilt Libraries · Nashville, Tennessee
9:00am-5:00pm · Community Room



What are the ethical dimensions of conducting digital scholarship on cultural heritage in the era of big data?


Are there limits beyond the right to privacy and copyright law to what we should make digitally available?


How does sharing materials online affect, benefit, or potentially harm cultural communities?


What are the ethical implications of digitally encoding and providing access to cultural materials online?


Cultural Heritage projects we will be discussing during the conference

Hannah Arendt Digital Edition

Project Representative:
Andrea Kikkert Weatherman Syriac Reference Portal

Project Representative:
Dan Schwartz

Urfehdebücher der Stadt Basel

Project Representative:
Georg Vogeler

The Poetess Archive

Project Representative:
Laura Mandell


The Origins of the Cultural Heritage at Scale Symposium

  • Vanderbilt Libraries

    The Vanderbilt University Libraries are an integral part of the intellectual and cultural life of the university and community. Our libraries are engaged in major initiatives within Vanderbilt, as well as nationally and internationally.

  • Council on Library and Information Resources

    CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.

  • 2012

    Coherence at Scale

    The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Vanderbilt University formed the Committee on Coherence at Scale for Higher Education in 2012 to examine emerging national-scale digital projects. The Committee on Coherence at Scale fosters strategic thinking about how to rigorously manage the transition from analog to digital in higher education.

  • June 2-3, 2016

    Cultural Heritage at Scale Symposium

    A symposium co-sponsored by CLIR and Vanderbilt University to explore preserving digital cultural heritage at scale.

  • June 2, 2017

    Crowd-sourcing with a Human Face

    A symposium sponsored by Vanderbilt University Libraries to explore the ethical dimensions of crowd-sourcing.

  • June 1, 2018

    Cultural Heritage in the Age of Big Data

    A symposium sponsored by Vanderbilt University Libraries to explore the ethical dimensions of digital scholarship.

  • May 2-3, 2019

    Encoding Cultural Heritage at Scale

    A symposium sponsored by Vanderbilt University Libraries, the Center for Digital Humanities, and the Cultural Heritage Research Cluster to explore the digital encoding of cultural heritage literature.


Speakers will present overviews of their cultural heritage projects.

Johanna Devaney

Assistant Professor, Music
Brooklyn College and Graduate Center, CUNY

Kaitlyn Dugan

Managing Director of the Center for Barth Studies
Princeton Theological Seminary

Andrea Weatherman Kikkert

Mellon Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow
Vanderbilt University

Leah Lomotey-Nakon

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Religion
Vanderbilt University

Laura Mandell

Professor of English
Texas A & M University

William Potter

Master of Theological Studies Candidate
Vanderbilt Divinity School

Daniel L. Schwartz

Associate Professor of History
Texas A & M University

Michelle M. Taylor

Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Cultural Heritage Research Cluster
Vanderbilt University

Kathryn Tomasek

Professor of History
Wheaton College

Georg Vogeler

Professor for Digital Humanities
Zentrum für Informationmodellierung
(ZIM), Graz University

Workshop Leaders

Workshop leaders will introduce participants to cutting-edge tools and technologies for working with TEI and MEI.

Clifford B. Anderson

Associate University Librarian
Vanderbilt University

Elisa Eileen Beshero-Bondar

Associate Professor of English
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Laura K. Morreale

Independent Scholar
Multiple Affiliations

Raffaele Viglianti

Research Programmer
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

Funded by the Jean Acker Wright University Library Staff Development Fund of Vanderbilt University.