Archives, digital collections, on-line databases and the internet
Lauri Harvilahti (Finnish Literature Society)
Kelly Fitzgerald (University College Dublin)
Start time:
23 June, 2015 at 10:30
Session slots:

Short abstract:

The panel Archives, Digital Collections, On-Line Databases and the Internet invites papers on following issues: •on-line databases and digital corpora •the Internet and Social Media in collecting data •web-based crowd-sourcing actions •preservation: standards in file formats and metadata

Long abstract:

Archives, Digital Collections, On-Line Databases and the Internet Archives are turning digital as original (analog) materials have been digitized in order to protect and secure the items. The Internet has opened up entirely new possibilities to make archives accessible for a wide audience. More and more materials of interest for archives are created digitally, either expressly for the archive, as fieldwork recordings, or as products of cultural expression and communication. The central role of a digital archivist differs greatly from an archivist that works with traditional (analog) material. There is a crucial need for on-line cataloguing in order to create linked databases. It is important to create an international list of metadata for a traditional archive. We are inviting participants of the panel Archives, Digital Collections, On-Line Databases and the Internet to present papers on following issues: • on-line databases and digital corpora: the challenge of creating common platforms and solutions • potential of the Internet and Social Media for collecting data • web-based crowd-sourcing actions and collection campaigns • preservation of digital items: standards in file formats and metadata The aim of the working group on archives is to share and disseminate the knowledge and experience of the various archives on these questions, to discuss standards and practices, and to facilitate the cooperation and enhance the interoperability of archives. Fulfilling these tasks for the future will be difficult without forming creating proper criteria and practices for creating and maintaining digitized records and for digital-born culture, including the ephemeral world of the Internet.