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SIE #12: Standardizing Knowledge
Wednesday, 28/Mar/2018:
11:00am - 12:30pm

Session Chair: Heather Marie MacNeil, University of Toronto
Location: Lecture Theatre 5 (Diamond)
The Diamond

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Standardizing Knowledge

Heather Marie MacNeil, Jennifer Douglas, Fiorella Foscarini, Bonnie Mak, Gillian Oliver

Standards and standardized languages are frequently invoked as a reliable way to ensure consistency and interoperability in the management of information objects, from archives, libraries, and museums to the digital environment and beyond. However, embedded in these standards are particular values and perspectives that emphasize certain ways of representing and thinking about the materials. This panel seeks to explore how the infrastructure of standards can transmit values and biases, and how those perspectives are embodied in the description, management, interpretation, and use of resources. The discussion will also engage debates about convergence in the information sphere, and consider whether it is possible to reconcile the tension between representing a diversity of perspectives with institutional urges to treat all knowledge-making spaces as if they were the same.

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