Digital Archives

Oct 2018 | 224pp

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Digital Archives
Management, use and access

Edited by Milena Dobreva

Foreword by Professor Kalpana Shankar, Head of School of Information & Communication Studies, University College Dublin

This landmark edited collection offers a wide-ranging overview of how rapid technological changes and the push for providing wide access to digitized cultural heritage holdings are changing the landscape of archives. 
This book provides a set of inspirational and informative chapters from international experts, which will help the readers understand the drivers for change in archives and their implications. Reassessment of the role of archives in the digital environment will serve to develop critical approaches to current trends in the broader heritage sector, including cultural industries experimenting with sustainable business models for cultural production, digitization of analogue cultural heritage, and the related IPR issues surrounding the re-use of digital objects and data for research, education, advocacy and art. Contributors also present state-of-the-art solutions in building digital archives on networked infrastructure, trusted digital repositories to ensure long-term access, and tools to serve emerging needs in digital humanities.
Readership: Digital archivists and practitioners involved in the design and support of digital archives; professionals and researchers involved in projects working with digital archival materials; students in library, information and archive studies.

Foreword - Kalpana Shankar
Preface - Milena Dobreva
Part I – Drivers for Modern Digital Archives
1. Are digital humanities redefining the relationship between historians and information professionals? Documentary mediations in the digital age - Enrico Natale
2. Managing turbulence - Trudy Huskamp Peterson
3. The political economy of digital cultural preservation - Guy Pessach
4. Legal issues surrounding digital archives - Olexandr Pastukhov
5. Scientific information policies in the European context - Carla Basili
6. Access to digital archives: studying users' expectations and behaviours - Pierluigi Feliciati
Part II – Case Studies
7. Research data archives: Current data management and data audit practices - Elli Papadopoulou, Panayiota Polydoratou, Sotirios Sismanis and Donald Tabone
8. Access restrictions - Gillian Oliver
9. Participatory approaches in archives - Milena Dobreva and Edel Jennings

'Digital technologies create new opportunities for making archival resources available but also bring new challenges for the memory institutions to handle. To understand the underlying driving forces in this process and their consequences is crucial. The content of this book addresses all involved in digital culture and scientific heritage: professionals like archivists, librarians and museum curators, scholars in the humanities, students and – most important – policy makers.' 
 - Borje Justrell, former Director, National Archives of Sweden


Dr. Milena Dobreva specialized in digital humanities and digital cultural heritage in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences where she earned her PhD in 1999 and served as the Founding Head of the first Digitisation Centre in Bulgaria (2004); she was also a member on the Executive Board of the National Commission of UNESCO. In 2007 she was a guest researcher at the University of Glasgow contributing to the DELOS network of excellence in digital libraries. In 2008–2011 she worked at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and served as the principal investigator for projects in digital preservation and digital libraries funded by the European Commission, JISC, Europeana Foundation, and the Scottish Funding Council. In 2012–2017 Milena was an Associate Professor at the University of Malta. As a Head of the Department of Library Information and Archive Sciences she spearheaded the redesign of the departmental programmes, extended them with a Master’s course and supervised the first Maltese Master graduates in Library and Information Studies. Milena is a member of the editorial board of the IFLA Journal, and of the International Journal on Digital Libraries (IJDL) and is the co-editor of User Studies for Digital Library Development (Facet, 2012).


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