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Speaking of Digital Scholarship with Dr. Daryle Williams and Marisol Fila:


Powered by Research Commons at University Libraries. Speaking of Books series features free, open to the community and public talks by UMD faculty authors on their recently published work. Please note that all Spring 2021 events will be held virtually via Zoom. Registrants will receive an access link upon registration.

Dr. Daryle Williams (Associate Professor of History, UMD) will speak on Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade (Enslaved.org), an open-source, open-access online publishing platform and discovery tool for exploring the lives of the enslaved. Launched publicly on December 1, 2020, Enslaved.org is using linked-open data to piece together the fragmented lives of 600,000 (and growing) people named across dozens of datasets and millions of data points.

Joined by Marisol Fila (doctoral candidate, Romance Languages, University of Michigan), Williams will provide an overview of the project and then show some of the work that goes on #behindthedata. Enslaved.org is generously sponsored by The Andrew W, Mellon Foundation. 

Daryle Williams (PhD, History, Stanford University, 1995), Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland, is Co-Principal Investigator on Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade and African American History. Culture and Digital Humanities, two collaborative projects in black studies and digital humanities sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Marisol Fila is doctoral candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Michigan. Both in her research and work, Marisol aims for a collaborative and horizontal production of knowledge and is interested in the ways in which technology and digital media can serve as a tool to share her research to a wider audience, but to also develop digital projects in partnership with Afro-descendant organizations across Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries. In her free time, Marisol enjoys biking and practicing yoga and meditation.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
1:00PM - 2:30PM
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