Archivist’s Workstation is the outcome of a Computer Science course taught by Professor Stuart Shieber in the Spring of 2012. In it, students learned about the process of solving complex, real-world problems by directing an extended effort toward a problem defined by a “client.” In this case, the clients were the leadership of the Houghton and Schlesinger libraries, and the problem related to unprocessed and uncataloged collections, which are essentially unavailable for research. The students’ recommendations centered around an unconventional “flipped” process involving exhaustive but lightweight digitization as a precursor to metadata acquisition, supported by a prototype workstation tailored to such a workflow.
James O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
HL Office for Scholarly Communication