Digitization and the Future of Archives: Network meeting III

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Digitization and the Future of Archives: Network meeting III - Tuesday, August 24 2021 on Zoom

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Participatory archiving and public memory.

Participatory archiving as a field includes the collection, preservation as well as description & enrichment of records with metadata etc. in different forms and shapes, using different digital and traditional platforms. Participatory archiving is both a means and an end itself. Volunteers may be engaged in transcription of records to be digitized or crowd sourcing used to find out who the people are in old photos. Participatory archiving has also engaged archivist because of the potential to empower and strengthen claims of otherwise marginalized groups through community-led archival practices. Archivists and researchers have praised the potential of participatory practices for democratization of the archives creating new possibilities for collecting, preserving, sharing and easing the access to archival sources for different social groups, and giving voice to communities that might otherwise not have been represented in the traditional archival institutions. Digitization has only enhanced opportunities to engage people through using new platforms and media, and we now have experience from more than a decade of practical experience with participatory practices.

The aim of this open seminar is to explore and critically discuss the potential of digitization for participatory practices in its many different forms.

We are delighted to welcome three keynote speakers. Dr. Gillian Oliver, Associate Professor at Monash University, Australia; Dr. Alexandra Eveleigh, Collections Information Manager at Wellcome Collection, UK; and Dr. Andrew Flinn, Reader in Oral History and Archival Studies, UCL.

The event is free. Please register for a place at: A Zoom link will be sent a day before the seminar.

PROGRAMME - Tuesday, August 24 2021 on Zoom

Organizer/responsible - Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Shepherd

  • Time 9:30-10:20 CET 8.30-9.20 BST

Activity - Keynote: Dr. Gillian Oliver: Data Cultures: Implications for Digital Equity and Archival Practice

Including Q & A

  • Time 10:20 -10:35 Coffee Break
  • Time 10:35 -11:25 CET 9.35-10.25 BST

Activity - Dr. Alexandra Eveleigh: New technologies, crowdsourcing and online user participation in archives. What can we learn from a decade of practical experience in the field?

Including Q & A

  • Time 11:25-11:35 Short break
  • Time 11:35 – 12:25 CET 10.35-11.25 BST

Activity - Dr. Andrew Flinn: A “shifting archival paradigm”? (Counter) Archiving as a collaborative, community-led and participatory endeavour

Including Q & A

  • Time 12:25 - 13:00 Lunch break

Organizer/responsible - Kirsty Fife, Elizabeth Shepherd (UCL)

  • Time 13:00 - 14:00 CET 12.00-13.00 BST

Activity - Workshop/group work (the number of attendants is limited to 40) Kirsty Fife, Elizabeth Shepherd (UCL)

  • Time 13.00 BST/14.00 CET - Seminar end.

Organisers: Elizabeth Shepherd, UCL, and Marianne Rostgaard, Aalborg University, Denmark. The Digitization and the Future of Archives network is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (IRFD) https://www.politics-society.aau.dk/collaboration-networks/future-of-archives/