Creating, Managing, and Preserving Digital Archives

This session aims to explore what Laura Millar calls the challenge of creating, managing, and preserving digital archives in a dynamic digital environment. In an effort to think about approaches to preservation and access, especially of primary or material source projects, and the life of digital archives in general, this session aims to examine such topics through two lenses.

One, a digital initiative call Digital Archiving Resources (DAR) and the kinds of general issues its contents raise, for instance, about provenance, access, and best practices for building and long-term sustainability.

A second lens through which to address issues of representation and trends in preservation is an examination of the specific relations between public and private archive practices and the role of memory and user participation in sites like the September 11 As archivist Barbara Craig observes, the appraisal of records – that which makes something memorable and worth preserving—is complicated by the disparate meanings and functions of the archived objects. Preserving the memories of the donors while also providing the larger social and cultural context requires a broad and ethical understanding of memory that is both challenged and strengthened by user-generated content.

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About Patricia Carlton

I am a graduate student in UCF's Texts and Technology Ph.D. program and am also the librarian at Mount Dora High School in Mount Dora, Florida. My current research focuses on the ethics and aesthetics of representing traumatic events in the disaster archive. Inspired by personal stories and the collaborative efforts of the public and institutional experts, I am investigating both resilience to and exacerbation of "trauma culture" through the development and preservation of "disaster archives."

2 Responses to Creating, Managing, and Preserving Digital Archives

  1. Patricia, your session sounds great. I am really interested in talking about research and pedagogical approaches to archives, particularly approaching trauma through postcolonial, feminist, and trauma perspectives.

  2. The politics of memory in a digital age. I love it! This might interest folks involved in the Panama Canal Museum Collection project too!

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