Connecticut Digital Archive Open Meeting


Join the us in Hartford on June 15th for CTDA Open Meeting! Come hear from the CTDA and other archivists, curators, and librarians about digital heritage projects created in Connecticut.

The meeting will be an all day event with registration opening at 9:30am and wrapping up at 3:45pm. We are excited to have Greg Cram, the Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy at The New York Public Library, speak to our community about rights statements and user experience.

At the meeting the CTDA team will introduce the new features that are a result of the Re-Architecture Project. There will also be lightning talks presentations by members of our community as well as workshops given by CTDA staff members.

There is no cost to attend the meeting and registration is open to anyone and everyone who is interested in digital heritage initiatives and projects.


9:30am – Registration Opens

10:00am – 11:00am – Keynote: Greg Cram

11:00am – 11:15am – Coffee Break

11:15am – 12:15pm – Introduction to the Enhanced CTDA

12:15pm – 1:30pm – Lunch on your own

1:30pm – 2:15pm – Lightning Talks

2:15pm – 2:30pm – Coffee Break

2:30pm – 3:30pm – CTDA Workshops

3:30pm – 3:45pm – Wrap Up

Keynote Speaker

“Getting it Right on Rights: How Consistent Rights Statements Provide a Better User Experience”

Greg Cram is the Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy at The New York Public Library. Greg endeavors to make the Library’s collections broadly available to researchers and the public.

Lightning Talks

At the meeting we want to offer a forum for anyone working on any kind of digital project to celebrate their work! Each presenter will have 5 minutes to talk about their topic or project, followed by a Q&A session from audience members at the end of all the presentations.

Click Here to Submit a Lightning Talk Proposal

We are looking for a wide range of presenters to cover a number of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Project overviews
  • Work flows and processes for adding content to the repository
  • Collaborations with other institutions
  • Using the CTDA as a teaching tool
  • Promotion/Marketing of content in the CTDA
  • Tips and tricks you have learned about using the repository

We are also looking to highlight all kinds of digital projects from all around the state, not just projects utilizing the CTDA.

We will review all proposals and notify accepted applicants 3 weeks before the meeting.

Session Descriptions

Introduction to the Enhanced CTDA

More information to come!

Lightning Talks

More information to come!

CTDA Workshops

  • Introduction to the Connecticut Digital Archive
    • More information to come!
  • Introduction to Enhanced Collection Pages
    • More information to come!
  • Introduction to Spreadsheet Batch Ingest
    • More information to come!

Directions & Parking

Directions: Click here to get directions to the Hartford Public Library

Parking Options: Click here for information about parking around the Hartford Public Library.

Lunch Options & Refreshments

Pastries, coffee and tea will be provided in the morning.

Coffee and tea will be refreshed during the break times.

We will take an hour and a half break for lunch. There are several options within walking distance of the library. Click here to see a number of options close by.

The CTDA will have informal lunch round tables, where people are encouraged to bring their lunch to learn more about the CTDA and discuss their on going digital projects.

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