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.
Table of Contents
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. The legal issues of digital archives - Olexander Pastukhov 5. Scientific information policies in the European context - Carla Basili 6. Access to digital archives: studying users' expectations and behaviours - Pierluigi Feliciati 7. Open standards and open content - Gabriella Ivacs 8. Current best data management and audit practices - Panayiota Polydoratou, Elli Papadopoulou, Sotirios Sismanis and Donald Tabone 9. Access restrictions and prioritization for access - Gillian Oliver 10. Citizen science and crowdsourcing in archives - Milena Dobreva