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ALT+SHIFT+ARCHIVE: Unpacking the Past, Present and Future of Digital Archives

Join us for an online digital archiving symposium!

Taking the form of an asynchronous discussion culminating with a series of three live online Q&As, the event situates ‘real world’ archiving in the context of academic and creative work.

Based on the digital forensics and data exploration branch of the AHRC-funded project ‘The Legacies of Stephen Dwoskin’, our presenters and discussants include members of the project team (Universities of Reading, Glasgow and Sheffield) along with the National Library of Scotland, Jisc, DPC, DCC, Transport for London Archive, and a range of scholars and artists.


The online discussion platform will open on 20 September.
The live Q&A sessions will be held on 28 Sept, 29 Sept and 30 Sept, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm (UK time).

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We aim to discuss a broad spectrum of questions, challenges and opportunities, for example:
– Snapshot of archiving in the real world – ‘practice’ in the sense of doing digital archive work?
– Creator of the archive as a creative practitioner – what challenges does that bring in the real world at the moment, and what challenges could that bring?
– Research applications for digital archives – how have they been used and what methods might we bring into the future?
– Re-activating the archive: making use of digital archives as a source of creative practice – examples and case studies?
– How we collaborate when we work on digital archives – how we build the teams that do the work that digital archives present us? What makes for an effective collaboration?
– How do we deal with ‘not knowing’, when we are doing interdisciplinary work?

Our discussants will offer critical perspectives based on their experience and knowledge.

Please follow us on Twitter @ArchiveAlt and on Instagram @alt.shift.archive for more details.
Find out more about the Dwoskin project here https://research.reading.ac.uk/stephen-dwoskin/


20 September 2021
30 September 2021
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Dr Rachel Garfield, Professor of Fine Art