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Parallel Archive Presentation

  1. 1. An introduction to
  2. 2. WHAT IS PARALLEL ARCHIVE (1) ? The Parallel Archive is a space where researchers can upload, study and share their scanned archival sources. It facilitates scholarly research, collaboration and a critical approach to documents ON PA YOU WILL BE ABLE TO UPLOAD AND FIND <ul><li>- documents of historical value, testimonies of the past </li></ul><ul><li>original documents, somehow unique, generally non-published material </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLES: </li></ul><ul><li>- official, legal and organizational records and reports </li></ul><ul><li>manuscripts, letters, journals </li></ul><ul><li>photos, maps, prints, plans </li></ul><ul><li>newspaper clippings, annotated publications </li></ul><ul><li>ephemera and grey literature </li></ul>
  3. 3. AN ONLINE DIGITAL ARCHIVE A PERSONAL WORKSPACE A COLLABORATIVE NETWORK PA is a digital repository made by end users where you can upload and search for documents PA is a scholarly social software where you can discuss documents and general research themes PA is a personal workspace where you can store your documents, work with them and access them from anywhere through the internet PA is at once WHAT IS PARALLEL ARCHIVE (2) ? PA was created essentially to address the problems scholars face when dealing with archival material
  4. 4. 1 : A PLACE TO STORE AND ORGANIZE DOCUMENTS Solutions offered by PA NB: You can choose to make your documents public, and thus available to the PA community, or make them private Disorganization of research material Multiple scans Multiple storage location Lack of storage space + + = A cascading file structure to organize your documents An important storage capacity Editable metadata to help you store information on documents A unique location to upload all your research material
  5. 5. CREATE A DOCUMENT ON PA (1) Upload your document Browse and…. … upload your archival documents Choose your upload method
  6. 6. CREATE A DOCUMENT ON PA (2) MyShoebox page Then click here to assemble your document Here you will find the pages you uploaded You can rotate and delete them In case you’ve uploaded a PDF file, the system will disassemble it into pages This is MyShoebox
  7. 7. CREATE A DOCUMENT ON PA (3) Assemble page This is the Assemble page Drag and drop in the correct order the slies ou want to assemble In one document Then click on the Describe Document link
  8. 8. CREATE A DOCUMENT ON PA (4) Describe your document Give as much information on the document as you can and be sure to fill in all compulsory fields ! The « i » explains in details how to fill in each field At the end of this process, you should : - decide to make your document private or public - submit your document
  9. 9. ORGANIZE YOUR DOCUMENTS Here you will find the documents you’ve uploaded and collected This link allows you to : 1. create a new Virtual collection, 2. move a Virtual collection into another, 3. rename a Virtual collection 4. delete a Virtual collection My Virtual Collections are thematic folders you create to organize your Uploaded and Collected Documents
  10. 10. 2 : A PERSONAL WORKSPACE FOR YOUR RESEARCH PA’s tools to work with archival material Once you’ve uploaded your scanned archival documents, PA offers you tools to work with them NB: You can benefit from these functions whilst keeping document private, for example until you publish your research Obtain and work with the text version of most documents Annotate your documents page by page as you read them Refer to the permanent URL of public documents in your publications E-mail a citation or download any document to your computer OCR documents Annotate pages Cite documents Email and download
  11. 11. WORK WITH YOUR DOCUMENTS Here you can annotate individual pages and edit or view the text version of your document Download your document or e-mail citation Refer to A document in your publications thanks to the permanent URL link
  12. 12. EDIT TEXT VERSION OF YOUR DOCUMENTS Give as much information on the document as you can and be sure to fill in all compulsory fields ! PA automatically produces a text version of your documents You can correct the text version of your document and save your modifications
  13. 13. ANNOTATE YOUR DOCUMENTS Give as much information on the document as you can and be sure to fill in all compulsory fields ! Take notes on each page of your document whilst reading. Change page to continue annotation
  14. 14. 3 : A NETWORK OF SCHOLARS AND IDEAS The forums allow you to discuss specific documents or broader topics with other scholars Find scholars who share interest in similar topics and collaborate WORK WITH OTHER SCHOLARS You can comment on someone’s document to share your advice or expertise You can tag documents of interest and therefore facilitate the global search on PA NETWORK AROUND DOCUMENTS
  15. 15. NETWORK AROUND DOCUMENTS Here you can tag documents Here you can add public comments to a document Here you can start a forum on any document or view forums started by others
  16. 16. FORUMS Here you can start or join general research related discussions Here you can start or join document related discussions. Here you can report bugs, problems or share your advice with the developers In MyForums, you will find the forums you’ve started and participate in
  17. 17. THE TAG CLOUD The tag cloud represents the tags used in the repository. The size reflects the number of documents to which the tag has been given. Here you can search for tags In MyTags you will view, delete, or change the tags you created on your documents or other’s documents
  18. 18. 4 : A REPOSITORY TO FIND ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS HOW DOES PA HELP YOU TO FIND ARCHIVAL SOURCES ? Difficulty locating physical collections The rigid organization of traditional archives The absence of online content Hard to find archival research material + + = Search for individual documents by type, subjects, names, language, country, date, source, etc. Collect and store documents of interest in your PA personal workspace Locate collections of interest relevant to your research through information on original sources
  19. 19. PA REPOSITORY Here you can narrow down your search by type of document, language and/or country Here you can search by typing in a word or using the advanced search Click on a tag to find documents related to specific topics Click on a document to see its full description and collect it in MyCollections
  20. 20. CONCLUSION : A USEFUL TOOL FOR SCHOLARS PA E-mail citation Organize documents Access documents Discuss with other users Share documents Edit and view text version Access a permanent URL Annotate pages

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