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Digital Preservation's Role in the Future of the Digital Humanities

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Slides from an invited presentation I gave to the University of Pittsburgh's iSchool.

"Ensuring long term access to digital information sounds like a technical problem. It seems like digital preservation should be a computer science problem. Far from it. In this lecture Trevor Owens, a digital archivist at the Library of Congress argues that digital preservation is in fact a core problem and issue at the heart of the future of the digital humanities. Bringing together perspectives from the history of technology, new media studies, public history, and archival theory, he suggests the critical role that humanities scholars and practitioners should play in framing and shaping the collection, organization, description, and modes of access to the historically contingent digital material records of contemporary society."

Slides from an invited presentation I gave to the University of Pittsburgh's iSchool.

"Ensuring long term access to digital information sounds like a technical problem. It seems like digital preservation should be a computer science problem. Far from it. In this lecture Trevor Owens, a digital archivist at the Library of Congress argues that digital preservation is in fact a core problem and issue at the heart of the future of the digital humanities. Bringing together perspectives from the history of technology, new media studies, public history, and archival theory, he suggests the critical role that humanities scholars and practitioners should play in framing and shaping the collection, organization, description, and modes of access to the historically contingent digital material records of contemporary society."

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Digital Preservation's Role in the Future of the Digital Humanities

  1. 1. DIGITAL PRESERVATION’S PLACE IN THE FUTURE OF THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES THOUGHTS FROM TREVOR OWENS
  2. 2. WE CAN’T JUST BUILD THE RIGHT SYSTEM. DIGITAL PRESERVATION IS NOT PRIMARILY A TECHNICAL PROBLEM.
  3. 3. WHAT ON EARTH IS A DIGITAL HISTORIAN? AND WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO WITH DIGITAL PRESERVATION?
  4. 4. WHAT IS/ARE (THE) DIGITAL HUMANITIES AGAIN?
  5. 5. 1. COMPUTATIONAL ANALYSIS 2. MODES OF COMMUNICATION 3. DIGITAL PRIMARY SOURCES MY DIGITAL HUMANITIES ARE
  6. 6. SELECTION &COLLECTION
  7. 7. PITFALLS IN DEFINITION & SIGNIFICANCE
  8. 8. WHAT IS PITFALL
  9. 9. “SOLUTIONISM PRESUMES RATHER THAN INVESTIGATES THE PROBLEM IT IS TRYING TO SOLVE” MOROZOV/DOBBINS
  10. 10. CHIMERICAL SIGNIFICANT PROPERTIES
  11. 11. http://contemporary-home-computing.org/1tb/archives/3214
  12. 12. DIGITAL MATERIALITY & INSCRIPTION
  13. 13. THINK LESS ABOUT CHARACTERS FLUTTERING OFF THE EDGE OF
  14. 14. CHIMERICAL SIGNIFICANT PROPERTIES DIGITAL IS MEASURED IN MICRONS
  15. 15. MEDIA AND DATA STRUCTURES AS FONDS
  16. 16. HERBERT A. PHILBRICK PAPERS AFTER PROCESSING HERBERT A. PHILBRICK PAPERS BEFORE PROCESSING
  17. 17. ORDER IN LARSON PAPERS FLOPPY DISK
  18. 18. GLITCH & SCREEN ESSENTIALISM
  19. 19. CHIMERICAL SIGNIFICANT PROPERTIES DIGITAL IS MEASURED IN MICRONS SOFTWARE READS
  20. 20. CHIMERICAL SIGNIFICANT PROPERTIES DIGITAL IS MEASURED IN MICRONS.MP3 AND .WAV VERSIONS OF SAME RECORDING OPENED AS .RAW FILES IN PHOTOSHOP
  21. 21. FORMAT & MEDIUM IN PLATFORM STUDY
  22. 22. BUT HOW DOES PITFALL SEE THE SCREEN?
  23. 23. CHIMERICAL SIGNIFICANT PROPERTIES DIGITAL IS MEASURED IN MICRONS
  24. 24. THE BORN DIGITAL RECORD IS BORN COMPUTABLE
  25. 25. DIGITAL PRESERVATION AS PART OF THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES
  26. 26. A GOLDEN AGE FOR BORN-DIGITAL SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, ARCHIVES AND CRITICAL EDDITIONS

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