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AM09
Exploring the digital shift: the Wiley Digital Archives and the opportunities and challenges of digitising historic collections
Convenor:
Sarah Evans (Royal Geographical Society (with IBG))
Chair:
Professor Felix Driver
Stream:
Archives and Museums
Sessions:
Friday 18 September, 13:00-14:30

Short abstract:

This session will use the recent digitisation of both the RGS-IBG and RAI collections, as part of the Wiley Digital Archives, as a starting point to reflect on wider issues relating to using digitised historic collections and archives.

Long abstract:

Many organisations are involved in, or planning to be involved in, significant programmes of digitisation of their collections and archives. This session will use the recent digitisation of both the RGS-IBG and RAI collections, as part of the Wiley Digital Archives, as a starting point to reflect on wider issues relating to using digitised historic collections and archives. Contributions will range critically and laterally, beyond the RGS-IBG and RAI Collections and beyond the Wiley Digital Archives. The session will focus on the opportunities and limitations of the broader digital shift and its wider implications for the sector, concentrating on how we make use of digitised material. Contributions will explore research, teaching and learning, and other uses, and will consider how these issues affect both geography and anthropology. Drawing on the emerging literature around critical perspectives on digital archives (Bressey, forthcoming; Green, 2018; Watkins, 2018), potential themes for discussion include access, materiality, representation, ephemerality, and more. The session will include 6-8 short reflections from invited contributors (5 minutes each), followed by a roundtable discussion and opportunity for Q&A from the floor. More panellists will be added shortly.