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Wednesday, March 11


VRAF Legacy Lecture: Opening speaker, Aaron Straup Cope, Head of Engineering, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum

Aaron is Canadian by birth, American by descent, North American by experience et Montréalais au fond. He usually just tells people he is from the Internet.

Aaron is currently Head of Engineering (Internets and the Computers) at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum.

Before that, Aaron was Senior Engineer at Flickr focusing on all things geo, machinetag and galleries related between 2004 and 2009. From 2009 to 2011 he was Design Technologist and Director of Inappropriate Project Names at Stamen Design, where he created the prettymaps and map=yes projects.

Aaron spends a lot of time thinking about archiving social software and looking glass archives, in the form the Parallel Flickr and Privatesquare projects.

Previously a member of the Near Future Laboratory, Aaron has also served on the advisory board to the Built Works Registry as well as Co-Director of Revolutionary Technologies for the Spinny Bar History Society since 2010. Once upon a time he was still a painter.

Aaron's work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the NACIS Atlas of Design and 20x200.

He is a frequent speaker at the Museums and the Web conference and was a keynote speaker at both the New Zealand National Digital Forum and Access library technology conferences in 2012. He does not know how to explain the weird Rorschach circus that erupted following The New Aesthetic panel at SXSW 2012 but is proud to have been one of the speakers.

Aaron blogs at thisisaaronland, makes bold 140-character executive poetry on Twitter at @thisisaaronland and does not normally speak in the third person.

Aaron is happiest in the presence of olive oil.

Read: The Museum of the Future Is Here, The Atlantic, Jan 20, 2015


Introductory statement to be given by Mark Pompelia, Rhode Island School of Design



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Wednesday March 11, 2015 4:35pm - 6:00pm
Confluence C Room, Mezzanine Level, Third Floor The Westin Denver Downtown, 1672 Lawrence Street • Denver, CO
Thursday, March 12


Sponsors' Meet and Greet & Poster Presentations
One of the main events of VRA 33, this event consists of exhibits showcasing products/services by VRA sponsors, commercial or non-profit partners, friends, donors, etc.  All of VRA’s commercial and non-profit partners are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase their products and services and interact directly with conference attendees.

The event includes poster presentations by conference attendees, a feature meant to stimulate dialogues with colleagues.  Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, and wine while you mix, mingle, and learn during this afternoon's social reception.


Ana Cox, Phoenix Art Museum, AZ
"Embedded Metadata – A Tool for Digital Excavation"

Lynn Cunningham, University of California Berkeley
"Redesigning the UC Berkeley VRC into a Dynamic Learning and Events Space"

Jessica Hayden, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
Jane Monson, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
"Using Viewshare to map one soldier's Civil War journey"

Kristina Keogh, Indiana University Bloomington, IN
"Art Students and the Ethical Use of Images"

Hannah Marshall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
"A Comparative Study of Indexer- and User-assigned Subject Metadata in a Teaching Collection of Art Images"

Stephen Patton, Indiana State University
"Verifying Data Integrity of Dark Archive Master Files"

Rita Van Duinen, Council on Library and Information Resources / Digital Library Federation (CLIR/DLF) / Washington, DC
"Enhancing and Promoting Visual Studies: CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellows in Data Curation"

Alexander Watkins, University of Colorado Boulder
"Zotero for Personal Image Management"

William Ying, Artstor
"Shared Shelf as a cataloging and research tool for Medieval Manuscripts"

Thursday March 12, 2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Mezzanine Foyer, Third Floor The Westin Denver Downtown, 1672 Lawrence Street • Denver, CO


Members & Awards Dinner

A highlight of the Conference, the Members & Awards Dinner brings colleagues together for an opportunity to relax and socialize over dinner in an elegant setting.  The evening's festivities include recognition of the Association’s honors and awards recipients along with the generous donors who have made these awards available.

*PLEASE NOTE: The cost of this event is included in your conference registration fee. However, prior registration for this event is required for purposes of room scheduling and catering arrangements.

Thursday March 12, 2015 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Augusta Room, Lobby Level, Second Floor The Westin Denver Downtown, 1672 Lawrence Street • Denver, CO
Friday, March 13


Annual Membership & Business Meeting / Breakfast
The VRA Annual Business Meeting is the official forum for conducting Association business. The agenda includes the President's State of the Association message; the Treasurer's report; updates on current and future Association projects and activities; the recognition of outgoing officers, committee chairs, and appointees; the induction of incoming officers, committee chairs, and appointees; and the presentation on the 2016 joint conference host city. There will be an opportunity for questions and announcements from the membership.  Breakfast will be provided.

The Executive Board cordially invites all Visual Resources Association members to attend and participate.

Friday March 13, 2015 8:00am - 10:25am
Horace Tabor / Molly Brown Rooms, Lobby Level, Second Floor The Westin Denver Downtown, 1672 Lawrence Street • Denver, CO
Saturday, March 14


Closing speaker: Emily Gore, Director for Content, Digital Public Library of America
Emily Gore is the Director for Content of the Digital Public Library of America. In this role, Emily provides strategic vision for DPLA content and metadata, coordinates content and collections workflows and oversees the DPLA Hubs program. Much of Gore’s current daily work focuses on identifying and helping to establish new Service Hubs for DPLA.  Before joining DPLA, Emily served as Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology at Florida State University Libraries. Emily’s 15 year career in libraries has largely focused on building digital collection collaborations among cultural heritage institutions.  During her career, Emily has received over $4 million in grant funding for this work.  She has an MLIS from the University of Alabama, a BA from Clemson University and is a 2011 graduate of the Frye Leadership Institute.

Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Confluence C Room, Mezzanine Level, Third Floor The Westin Denver Downtown, 1672 Lawrence Street • Denver, CO