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DO DIGITAL ARCHIVISTS DREAM OF              ELECTRONIC RECORDS? GRETCHEN M. GUEGUENSLab Speaker Series, February 13, 2013
What Are Archives?
Archives• Materials created or received by a person, family,  or organization, public or private, in the conduct of  their...
What do Archivists Do?• Respect des fonds• Original order• Collective controlTheimer, Kate. 2012. “Archives inContext and ...
Context• The document’s place in a larger information  landscape• The objective or social environment in which the  docume...
WisdomKnowledgeInformation   Data
It’s in the    Archives   It’s SavedIt’s Written Down Stuff Happens
DISRUPTIONS
It’s in the    Archives    It’s SavedIt’s Written Down Stuff Happens
DISRUPTIONS
It’s in the Archives    It’s SavedIt’s Written Down Stuff Happens
Weingerger, David. (2012). Too Big to Know. New York: Basic Books.
What is “Digital”
Self-contextualizing
Searchable
Perfect Duplication
Dependencies
Transformative
What are Digital Archives?
Standardization• Archival Description Standards   o EAD and EAC-CPF   o ISAD(G), ISAAR, ISDF, ISDIAH   o DACS and RAD• Con...
Capture and Analysis• Web archive crawl and analysis tools• Metadata extraction and creation• Algorithmic tools for fixity...
Redefining Discovery• How can archival materials be found and used  without losing context?
Re-Creations• Emulating Environments• “Enhanced Curation”- John, Jeremy Leighton. “The future of saving our past.” Nature ...
Implications• Less Appraisal, more searching• Authority is waning, but so is bias, perhaps• Summary will be less important...
THANKS!      Gretchen Gueguenhttp://gretchengueguen.com     gmg2n@virginia.edu
Do Digital Archivists Dream of Electronic Records
Do Digital Archivists Dream of Electronic Records
Do Digital Archivists Dream of Electronic Records
Do Digital Archivists Dream of Electronic Records
Do Digital Archivists Dream of Electronic Records
Do Digital Archivists Dream of Electronic Records
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The information age has ushered in the biggest changes in human communication since the rise of printed text. The dynamic and ephemeral nature of electronic communication presents stark challenges to the fundamental principles of the archival practice. Join us for a look at how the tradition of collecting and creating archives is facing this paradigm shift and how the historical record will be shaped for the future.

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Do Digital Archivists Dream of Electronic Records

  1. 1. DO DIGITAL ARCHIVISTS DREAM OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS? GRETCHEN M. GUEGUENSLab Speaker Series, February 13, 2013
  2. 2. What Are Archives?
  3. 3. Archives• Materials created or received by a person, family, or organization, public or private, in the conduct of their affairs and preserved because of the enduring value contained in the information they contain or as evidence of the functions and responsibilities of their creator, especially those materials maintained using the principles of provenance, original order, and collective control; permanent records.-Society of American Archivists
  4. 4. What do Archivists Do?• Respect des fonds• Original order• Collective controlTheimer, Kate. 2012. “Archives inContext and as Context.” Journalof Digital Humanities. 1:2.http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/1-2/archives-in-context-and-as-context-by-kate-theimer/
  5. 5. Context• The document’s place in a larger information landscape• The objective or social environment in which the document existed• The mental or physical state and identity of the creator of the document-Lee, Cal. (2011). A Framework for contextual information in digital collections.Journal of Documentation. 67:1. 95-143.
  6. 6. WisdomKnowledgeInformation Data
  7. 7. It’s in the Archives It’s SavedIt’s Written Down Stuff Happens
  8. 8. DISRUPTIONS
  9. 9. It’s in the Archives It’s SavedIt’s Written Down Stuff Happens
  10. 10. DISRUPTIONS
  11. 11. It’s in the Archives It’s SavedIt’s Written Down Stuff Happens
  12. 12. Weingerger, David. (2012). Too Big to Know. New York: Basic Books.
  13. 13. What is “Digital”
  14. 14. Self-contextualizing
  15. 15. Searchable
  16. 16. Perfect Duplication
  17. 17. Dependencies
  18. 18. Transformative
  19. 19. What are Digital Archives?
  20. 20. Standardization• Archival Description Standards o EAD and EAC-CPF o ISAD(G), ISAAR, ISDF, ISDIAH o DACS and RAD• Conceptual Models
  21. 21. Capture and Analysis• Web archive crawl and analysis tools• Metadata extraction and creation• Algorithmic tools for fixity and identification
  22. 22. Redefining Discovery• How can archival materials be found and used without losing context?
  23. 23. Re-Creations• Emulating Environments• “Enhanced Curation”- John, Jeremy Leighton. “The future of saving our past.” Nature 459, 775-776 http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v459/n7248/full/459775a.html
  24. 24. Implications• Less Appraisal, more searching• Authority is waning, but so is bias, perhaps• Summary will be less important, but over- generalization will not be as much of a drawback• Incomplete conversion to new paradigm
  25. 25. THANKS! Gretchen Gueguenhttp://gretchengueguen.com gmg2n@virginia.edu

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