NARA Out in Front in Chicago: Applied Research at SAA

Next week the Society of American Archivists (SAA) will gather for its annual meeting in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency (151 East Wacker Drive).

There will be a number of presentations by NARA’s Applied Research staff and our Research Partners.

On Tuesday, August 23rd at the 2011 Research Forum:

Dr. Richard Marciano from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will speak about Managing Shared Digital Research Data in Federated Storage Clouds

Dr. William Underwood from Georgia Tech Research Institute will be speaking about Grammars and Parsers for Validating Binary File Formats


On Thursday, August 25th I will be chairing SESSION 207 – The Future Is Now: New Tools to Address Archival Challenges. In this session three of our Research Partners will discuss their work:

Dr. Kenton McHenry from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) will deliver a paper entitled, Computationally Scalable File Migration Services to Keep Your Files Current.

Dr. Maria Esteva from the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) will talk about Mapping Archival Practices to Information Visualization for Electronic Records Representation and Analysis.

Dr. William Underwood from the Georgia Tech Research Institute will discuss his work in developing Archival Services for File and Record Type Identification and Metadata Extraction


On Friday, August 26th I will be giving a briefing to SAA’s Electronic Records Section on the development of two new ISO standards, ISO 16363 – Audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories and ISO 16919 – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of candidate trustworthy digital repositories.


On Saturday, August 27th Rita Cacas of the Applied Research staff will chair SESSION 701 – New Perspectives for the 1940 Census. In this session Constance “Connie” Potter from NARA’s Research Customer Support Division will discuss the history of conducting the census after the Great Depression.  Professor Vernon Burton from Clemson University will discuss his work within the Computing, Scientific, Humanities, and Social Sciences arenas using various sources of census data.  Dr. Kenton McHenry from NCSA (see also Session 207, above)  will discuss his research into the development of advanced technologies that add value to the usefulness of the scanned images of the Census.


Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the National Archives Applied Research Information BOOTH #204 in the Exhibitor Hall!  For more information, visit our website at: or join our Facebook page at

See you in Chicago next week!

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