While not the theme touted in the organization's marketing copy, this year's Association of Research Libraries Fall Forum dealt with the evolving nature of scholarship and its output in the humanities and the interpretive social sciences. Gathering in Washington, DC, the nearly 200 research librarians in attendance heard analysis of economic frameworks for publication as well as success stories of how data-driven research can aid in breaking down institutional silos. In his quietly motivational speech, Geoffrey Boulton, Regius Professor of Geology emeritus at the University of Edinburgh offered up the idea that data-driven research is critically important because it enables the global population to correct errors in understanding the nature of history and the world. Whether that understanding emerges from the humanities or the sciences, how researchers work with data has a direct bearing on the progress made in their future.
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