History and recent Development of Archives


1. History and (recent) Development of Archives – The classic archive i.e. related to law/justice – civic, ecclesiastic etc. – held documents – The city archives/libraries/museums – local archaeology and social history — Many groups e.g. LGBT+ did not see themselves represented in these archives — Grassroots activism and creation of community archives outside establishment (see work of Andrew Flint) — Further expansion re: definition of archive and archivist with web 2.0 / mobile devices / increasingly ‘digital’ world i.e. social networks (general and heritage/archive specific platforms e.g. ‘Yarn’ or ‘History Pin’) and development of private digital archives on phones, Instagram, facebook story etc.

2. Public Online Interaction with archive/collection information – Trend has been for institutions to do little more than put existing cateloguing systems ‘online’ — Audience? E-Scolarship; dominance of text based ‘Search and Retrieve’ type interfaces — Depending on nature of archive/collection – rise in visual search interfaces for example map/GIS selection (e.g. Historic Environment — Records) and image (thumbnail) e.g. Dulwich Art Gallery. — Interoperability/Aggregation e.g. Europeana, Ariadne, Pelagios — Wearables/IoT ??? – Beyond Search: Curated Content and Affective/Narrative based engagement — LEAP Project – Archives access via Academic Papers (not very affective design) — Fictional WW1 Village (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war/home-front-stories/) — A Street Near You (https://astreetnearyou.org/#=undefined&lat=10&lon=0&zoom=2) — Film/TV as Interface ??? Are there any examples of non-screen based interactions with archives??? — Are there any examples of data-driven storytelling, data journalism, ??

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