CS Forum: Marcia Lei Zeng, Kent State University

2017-06-16 10:15:00 2017-06-16 11:00:00 Europe/Helsinki CS Forum: Marcia Lei Zeng, Kent State University CS department's public guest lecture on 'Smart Data for Digital Humanities'. The lecture is open to everyone free-of-charge. http://cs.aalto.fi/en/midcom-permalink-1e74aaa5ee456d84aaa11e79b59cbb512b2c8dac8da Konemiehentie 2, 02150, Espoo

CS department's public guest lecture on 'Smart Data for Digital Humanities'. The lecture is open to everyone free-of-charge.

16.06.2017 / 10:15 - 11:00
Lecture room TU1, Konemiehentie 2, 02150, Espoo, FI

zeng.pngMarcia Lei Zeng
Kent State University, USA

Host: Prof Eero Hyvönen
Time: 10:15 (coffee at 10:00)
Venue: TU1, TUAS building


Smart Data for Digital Humanities


The emergence of “Big Data” has been a dramatic development in recent years. Alongside it, a lesser-known but equally important set of concepts and practices has also come into being -- “Smart Data.” While the world is amazed by the many “V”s of Big Data (volume, velocity, variety, variability, veracity), the “V”alue of such data relies on the ability to achieve big insights from such data at any scale, great or small (Kobielus 2016).  This talk shares the speaker’s understanding of what, why, how, who, where, and which data in relation to Smart Data and digital humanities. It brings the attention to the distinctive mark of Big Data and Smart Data in the humanities that seemed to be a methodological shift rather than a primarily technological one.  The discussion is put into the context of the data resources that are usually served through libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) and other information institutions, given the fact that, when applying the Smart Data approach to the research in digital humanities, the organization and integration processes to transform unstructured data to structured and semi-structured data play a critical role. It is the believe of the speaker that Smart Data, the ability to achieve big insights from trusted, contextualized, relevant, cognitive, predictive, and consumable data at any scale, will continue to have extraordinary value in digital humanities.



Figure 1. Big Data and Smart Data.
Compiled by M. Zeng based on James Kobielus’ Keynote at Smart Data Online 2016.



Kobielus, J. (2016, June). The Evolution of Big Data to Smart Data [PowerPoint slides]. Keynote at Smart Data Online 2016.
Schöch, C. (2013). Big? Smart? Clean? Messy? Data in the humanities. Journal of Digital Humanities, 2(3), 2-13.


Marcia Lei Zeng is a professor at the School of Information, Kent State University, USA. She holds a Ph.D. from the School of Information Sciences at University of Pittsburgh, USA. and an M.A. from Wuhan University, China. Her major research interests include Knowledge Organization Structures/Systems/Services (KOS), Linked Data, metadata and markup languages, smart data and big data, database quality control, semantic technologies, and digital humanities. Her scholarly publications consist of more than 90 papers and five books, as well as over 200 national and international conference presentations and invited lectures. Her research projects have received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Fulbright, and other foundations. Dr. Zeng has chaired or served on committees, working groups, and executive boards for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Special Libraries Association (SLA), Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), the U.S. National Information Standards Organization (NISO), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO), and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).


After the lecture Professor Marcia Lei Zeng will act as opponent in Jouni Tuominen's defence at 12 noon in lecture hall TU1.