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Date and Location

May 3, 2024
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET
Wexner 434ab + Zoom


Data + Donuts // Ceilyn Boyd on the Slavery, Abolition, Emancipation, and Freedom (SAEF) Data Collection Photo

​Ceilyn Boyd is the Dataverse Development Project Manager at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University. She is also a doctoral candidate at Simmons University investigating the theoretical modeling of research data and how data curators identify, define, and repair research data in data repositories.

At this session of Data + Donuts, Boyd will discuss the Slavery, Abolition, Emancipation, and Freedom (SAEF) Data Collection, an open access research dataset representing over 1200 items in Houghton Library’s SAEF collection. The SAEF Data Collection is Harvard Library’s first major endeavor to represent a significant print collection as data, supporting research methodologies involving computational analysis of images, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) text, and machine-generated transcriptions of manuscript materials. To create the collection, Boyd helped lead a joint team from Houghton Library, Harvard Library’s Open Scholarship and Research Data Services, Harvard Library’s Imaging Services, and the Harvard Dataverse data curation and repository development teams.

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Data + Donuts features researchers and practitioners speaking about how they use data in their work, and on issues of data and society. We welcome those from the HKS community and beyond to share knowledge, discussion, and donuts. Explore the full list of past speakers. Video recordings are available upon request.

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Speakers and Presenters

​Ceilyn Boyd, Dataverse Development Project Manager, Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences (IQSS) at Harvard University