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Glasgow’s Prof. Hughes to discuss new approaches to digitization at iConference 2020

19 Feb 2020 00:05 | iSchools News (Administrator)

This is the third and final installment in our series on iConference 2020 keynote speakers, this time focusing on Professor Lorna M. Hughes. Hughes will speak at our opening plenary on Tuesday, March 24. More can be found on our keynote speaker webpage.

Hughes is Professor in Digital Humanities at the University of Glasgow, where she is based in the Information Studies Subject area. Her research addresses the creation of digital cultural heritage, and the use and re-use of digital collections for research, teaching, and public engagement. She has a specific interest in the conceptualisation, development, implementation and categorisation of digital methods in the humanities, and the collaborations between the humanities and scientific disciplines that drive this agenda.

Hughes has worked in digital humanities, and on the development of hybrid digital collections based on material culture held by memory institutions, at a number of organisations in the USA and UK. 

She has had leading roles – as Primary Investigator, or co-Investigator – on over 20 funded research projects, including the EPSRC-AHRC Scottish National Heritage Partnership. From 2011-2014, while based at the National Library of Wales, she led the development of ‘The Welsh Experience of the First World War’ (cymru1914.org), a digital archive of resources related to the First World War in Wales, including 200,000 pages of archives. The project was based at the National Library of Wales, and funded by a Jisc Mass Digitisation grant. It was a collaboration between all special collections and archives in HEIs in Wales, the BBC Wales Archive, and four local archives, and it also included community generated content. 

Hughes’ presentation is titled, Co-creating digital cultural heritage: unlocking historic archives and records through new approaches to digitization. This is how she describes it: "Mass digitisation of historic collections in archives, museums, libraries and universities has created a considerable volume of data for research across the disciplines, and opened up new lines of enquiry. Increasingly, community generated digital content can amplify and augment the ‘official’ digital collections, and open up previously hidden histories and encourage greater public engagement with the past. These collections have been developed through processes of co-creation, and they demonstrate how digitisation can enable our archives to expand beyond the physical boundaries of the repository, dissolving the physical boundaries which previously marked official from non-official, and creator from user. This approach highlights a fundamental shift in the material nature and location of the archive that is facilitated by the digital environment. This presentation will discuss examples of co-creation, and the digital affordances that enable it."

iConference 2020 takes place March 23-26 in Borås, Sweden. More information about all of this year’s keynote speakers can be found on the conference website. Click here for registration details.

iConference 2020 is a presentation of the iSchools and is hosted by the University of Borås: Swedish School of Library and Information Science, and Oslo Metropolitan University: Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science. Sponsors include the City of Borås, Monash University, and Springer.

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