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Digital Archives – Digital Past 2020

Digital Archiving at Digital Past 2020

Our Digital Data session at Digital Past 2020 will take place on the second day, Thursday 13 February, with this year’s theme being Digital Archives.

SEADDA: Saving European Archaeology from the Digital Dark Age – Digital Past 2020
SEADDA: Saving European Archaeology from the Digital Dark Age – Digital Past 2020

The session will kick off with Holly Wright, International Projects Manager at the Archaeology Data Service, discussing SEADDA: Saving European Archaeology from the Digital Dark Age. Holly will introduce the newly funded COST Action project which aims to ensure that the wealth of open, freely accessible but ultimately fragile digital data that is being produced by heritage organisations across Europe is appropriately archived, addressing the issues of legacy and avoiding a ‘Digital Dark Age’. Read her full abstract: https://rcahmw.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/3.-SEADDA-Holly-Wright-Eng.pdf

Jo Pugh, Digital Development Manager at The National Archives (TNA), addresses issues of digital archiving from a different perspective, that of digital skills within the archives sector. Discussing TNA’s ‘Novice to Ninja’, ‘Archives School’, mentoring, digital leadership and Digital Archives Learning Exchange programmes, Jo will look at how those working in the archive sector can develop a broad range of digital skills. Full abstract: https://rcahmw.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/4.-To-Eternity-from-Here-Jo-Pugh-Eng-1.pdf

The technologies of digital archiving are often described as democratising history, making information widely accessible and opening up interpretation.  Gerben Zaagsma, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) at the University of Luxembourg, has particular interest in the methodological and epistemological implications of such technologies in research and writing. He will be discussing how inherent biases within collection, digitisation and research agendas can affect the work of the historian. Read Gerben’s full abstract at https://rcahmw.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/3.-The-Digital-Archive-and-the-Politics-of-Digitisation-Eng.pdf

Digital Archives – Digital Past 2020
Digital Archives – Digital Past 2020

To round off our session on Digital Archives, David Thomas and Tom Pert of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales will showcase the innovative approach taken by the organisation in providing a new system of digital delivery for the National Monuments Record Wales and its front end, Coflein. With over 400,000 users per annum, Coflein is a fundamental element of the Commission’s public services, and gives access to nearly 120,000 site records, over 400,000 catalogue records, and 170,000

digital items. David and Tom will discuss the modular approach to building a flexible solution, including ARCHES, AtoM, iBASE and CIIM. Full abstract: https://rcahmw.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/3.-Delivering-the-Archive-a-modular-approach-Eng.pdf

A full programme for the conference is available and Registration is open.


Digital Past: New technologies in heritage, interpretation and outreach

12 & 13 February 2020, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

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