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 Archives' will help aspiring and seasoned librarians alike to understand the drivers for change in archives and their implications."
- Midwest Book Review

'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

'This collection of writings about digital archives, mainly focusing on access, looks at a variety of objects of preservation along their lifecycle and from the perspective of different disciplines, institutions, roles and purposes. It takes the reader outside several boxes, but will let you step comfortably back into the one/s you identify as your own. A challenging book for challenging times, one you should read to question or confirm, to be surprised or recognize, to learn other ways of looking at things.'
- Luciana Duranti, Professor of Archival Studies, The University of British Columbia

Dr. Milena Dobreva is an Associate Professor at UCL Qatar where she is coordinating the MA in Library and Information Studies leading the introduction of four pathways in the programme including a specialisation on Archives, Records and Data Management. Previously she served as a Head of the Department of Library Information and Archive Sciences at the University of Malta spearheading the redesign and expansion of the departmental portfolio, and as the Founding Head of the first Digitisation Centre in Bulgaria where she was also a member on the Executive Board of the National Commission of UNESCO. 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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