Digital Archiving Resources

Public Participation and Memory

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Public Participation and Memory

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Public interest in accessing and archiving digital audio and visual collections is finding support and expression in digital archives, digital libraries,digital museums and digital cultural heritage institutions. Large digital archives and institutions commonly provide instruction and community support for digitizing audio and visual content. In addition to these practical issues, this collection addresses the digital migration and representation of audiovisual and photographic artifacts.

Items in the Public Participation and Memory Collection

Conversion of Primary Sources
Deegan and Tanner explain that primary source materials come in all forms, and to digitally capture these materials, one must carefully consider certain aspects. In the article, they explore numerous materials: documents, visual materials (glass,…

Web Archives for Researchers: Representations, Expectations and Potential Uses
In their online article for D-Lib magazine, authors Stirling, Chevallier, and Illien cover issues important to researchers using the web from problems of legitimacy to the functionality of search engines. The authors discuss the changing perceptions…

Digital Archiving: What is Involved?
In this article Dale Flecker, the Associate Director for Planning and Systems at Harvard University Library advocates greater involvement by the nation’s scholarly community in the process of preservation and archiving of material. Flecker warns…

Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access: Creation of Production Master Files – Raster Images
These standardized guidelines published by the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative are what constitute the collection of best practices when it comes to digitizing images and documents. This is a document that is updated for the…

Raytheon Company - John F. Kennedy Library Digital Archive Project
All libraries struggle with how to make their information available to a wider audience, outside of the local area. A couple years ago, the John F. Kennedy Library embarked on making their records, documents, photos, and videos available on the…

Sound Archiving Close to Home: Why Community Partnerships Matter
Vallier contends archives are not “value-neutral institutions” and due to their inherent power to represent and preserve historic artifacts in support of their institutional sponsors, archiving marginalized populations is particularly…

The Audiovisual Unconscious: Media and Trauma in the Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
Video testimonies of Holocaust survivor stories are, in themselves, an archival medium. The conventions of shooting and distributing video convey an immediacy and an absence of cinematic artifice that reveal rather than obscure the unconscious and…

Dossier: Materiality and the Archive
Kit Hughes and Heather Heckman solicited several film and media archivists to describe critical challenges facing both media scholars and preservationists of analog and digital media. Each essay in this journal addresses the technical necessity for…

The Crowd and the Library: The Agony and the Ecstasy of "Crowdsourcing" our Cultural Heritage
Author and archivist, Trevor Owens, discusses a wide range of issues relating to digital archives and preservation. In this blog, he describes crowdsourcing and offers a rationale for soliciting "citizen archivists" to contribute content to large…

Between Archive and Participation: Public Memory in a Digital Age
Haskins examines the effects of the Internet on the memory work of archives and the informal, vernacular style of the broad public. Examples of the vernacular style of memory work include the spontaneous display of mementos at memorials or sites of…