• Share
  • Email
  • Embed
  • Like
  • Save
  • Private Content
Does the digital change anything?
 

Does the digital change anything?

on

  • 445 views

 

Statistics

Views

Total Views
445
Views on SlideShare
417
Embed Views
28

Actions

Likes
1
Downloads
4
Comments
0

4 Embeds 28

http://historyspot.org.uk 17
http://www.history.ac.uk 7
http://a0.twimg.com 3
http://paper.li 1

Accessibility

Upload Details

Uploaded via as Microsoft PowerPoint

Usage Rights

© All Rights Reserved

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Processing…
Post Comment
Edit your comment
  • CP 25/2/237

Does the digital change anything? Does the digital change anything? Presentation Transcript

  • Valerie Johnson and David Thomas Does the Digital Change Anything ?
  • TNA’s planned intake of records over the next 5 years (Tb)
    • Government web archive 73.8
    • Home guard records 113.3
    • RAF records 3.3
    • Navy 24.4
    • Army pre 1895 78
    • Army post 1895 48
    • National Registration 12
    • Olympics 20
    • Other digitisation 57.2
    • Born digital records 13.5
    • Total 458.9
  • Sources of funding for digitisation
    • Institutions
    • Funding bodies
    • Academic publishers
    • Family History publishers
  • Spending on digitisation £ Million Academic NOF Digi (1999 – 2003) 50 JISC (2004 – 2011) 27.5 AHRC (2000 – 2007) 42 Wellcome (2011 – 2012) 18 BL No response Total 137 Commercial TNA via partners 50 BL No response
  • So, is there a break with the past or a continuum ?
  • Break... ?
    • Loss of the physical record and its implications
    • New types of records: audio stream, websites
    • Problems of authenticity, provenance and originality
    • Problem of records as unchanging versus 'website as performance'
    • Some records can't exist in physical format: shareholding registers. Is this the end of the record?
    • Consequently the end of the archive? All is information
  • or...continuum ?
    • Overlapping technologies: data not replacing paper, but co-existing
    • Emails = simply like letters
    • Medium of records changes, but not the concept
    • Some records always dynamic: datasets; records of shareholdings, medical records
  • Digitisation : implications
    • Privileging of access
    • Silent mass of undigitised
    • Weird eclectic mix
    • Non-paper records
    • Loss of physical and visual
    • Digitised records – what are they ?
  • Search and research I
    • Discovery: when items are born digital and delivered online, where does the catalogue end and the document begin ?
    • Search: now massively important as selection disappears
    • Collaboration possible
    • Research questions: are they changing?
    • Rapid interrogation of large scale data for the first time
    • Analysis of trends across data rather than individual
    • New types of presentation and manipulation eg visualisation
  • Search and research II
    • Once again, there exists a different narrative:
    • Loss of expertise ?
    • Failure to use ?
    • Failure to join up resources ?
  • Welcomed with open arms, or an impasse of resistance ?
    • Self-limiting beliefs at an individual level
    • Self-limiting beliefs at a community level
    • The privileging of the original: sentimentality or reality ?
    • At the same time:
    • Digital humanities is deliberately exploiting new technologies
  • So what is the way forward ?
  • Conclusion: Brave New World ?
    • Mixed economy
    • New standards and definitions
    • Reassurance on persistence
    • Coherent vision of joined-up resources
    • Mainstreaming of Digital Humanities?