DCDC22 presentations on digital archival research practices

#DCDC22 VIDEO | Innovative practice in search and discovery

Chaired by @paolamarchionni of @JISC

The video recording comprises three talks at DCDC that address how to search and discover born digital & reborn digital archives, and the role of AI in this process:

  1. Jacquelyn Sundberg & Carolyn Pecoskie of @McGillLib , who introduced work on Handwritten Text Recognition for the files of a Canadian trading company.
  2. Jenny Bunn of @UkNatArchives presents a critical take on the role of AI for research.
  3. Stephanie Decker @Deckersteph, Adam Nix @adamjnix, @Santhilata Kuppili Venkata, and David Kirsch @darchivist talked about how to research email archives.

Business History now accepts Video Abstracts!

At Business History, we would like to promote your research to a wider audience. A good way of doing that is video abstracts. Thanks to the pandemic, many of us are now much more versed with video recording software and video conferencing software that facilitates recordings. Therefore, there is no reason to limit this skill set to teaching only. The video abstracts will be published on the journal’s webpage.

What we need from you:

  • The video – 3 mins or so
  • A transcript
  • A multimedia contributor agreement (we will send this when we receive the video and abstract)

Detailed information is available here.

Send the video abstract or any queries about it to the journal’s Social Media Editor, Dr. Paula de la Cruz-Fernández (businesshistorysm[at]gmail.com).

Digital Archives and Heritage annual conference videos now online!

Image of the DCDC21 logo

Did you miss part of, or all of, DCDC21? 

Not to worry. The video recordings from the conference are available online to view at your leisure. 

Discoveries Collections, Discovering Communities (DCDC) is a cross-sectoral conference, hosted by The National Archives, RLUK and Jisc, that brings together the GLAMA sectors (galleries, libraries, archives, museums and academia) to shine a light on our shared experiences, innovations, interests and concerns. The DCDC21 Conference explored how crisis can act as a catalyst for change within libraries, archives, museums, and cultural organisations. 

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Unlocking our Digital Past

As part of our research project on “Contextualising Email Archives”, we were invited to attend and present at a fantastic event from the “Unlocking our Digital Past” project in July. For a recording of the presentation discussing key issues in the current debate on digital heritage, have a look at their website: https://unlockingourdigitalpast.com/blog-2/ .

Brands and Architecture

I am endlessly fascinating by organizations and the buildings they create for themselves, and the meanings they ascribe to them. So I was delighted to see that there is Hagley History Hangout episode on a similar subject – see the message from the Hagley team below.

New episode is available in the Hagley History Hangout

Ben Spohn interviews Grace Ong Yan about her recent book, Building Brands: Corporations and Modern Architecture. In her book, Ong Yan explores the development of corporate Modernism through architectural branding. She does this by examining the design and construction of four corporate headquarters: the PSFS Building by George Howe and William Lescaze, the Johnson Wax Administration Building by Frank Lloyd Wright, Lever House by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and the Röhm & Haas Building by Pietro Belluschi. Ong Yan  draws on company archives to detail the relationships between company leaders and architects to communicate their company’s identity and messaging to the general public through the medium of architecture. 

Grace Ong Yan, Ph.D. is an author, architectural historian, educator, and designer. She is currently Assistant Professor in Interior Design & Interior Architecture at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Ong Yan Co-edited Architect: In the Words of the Pritzker Prize Laureates.  She is also an architect and interior designer as Ong Yan Studios. 

The audio-only version of this program is available on our podcast.

 Interview available at  https://www.hagley.org/research/history-hangout-grace-ong-yan.

Recorded on Zoom and available anywhere once they are released, our History Hangouts include interviews with authors of books and other researchers who have use of our collections, and members of Hagley staff with their special knowledge of what we have in our stacks. We began the History Hangouts earlier this summer and now are releasing programs every two weeks on alternate Mondays. Our series is part of the Hagley from Home initiative by the Hagley Museum and Library. The schedule for upcoming episodes, as well as those already released, is available at  https://www.hagley.org/hagley-history-hangout

DALE: Strictly on the Download now on YouTube

It was a great pleasure to be invited to talk about our AHRC project and user perspectives on digital archives with the Digital Archives Learning Exchange (DALE), hosted by The National Archives (TNA). The event focused on how to integrate digital archives into existing archival practice and featured talks by Rosie Vizor (The Garden Museum), David Underdown (TNA) and me (Stephanie Decker, University of Bristol). The recording can found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHD9mAkzx3M

Canadian Business History Association’s new YouTube channel

Past CBHA/ACHA Talks
Now Available for Viewing
on CBHA/ACHA YouTube Channel

Unmaking the Made Beaver: Money and Monopoly in the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Fur Trade.
The Historical Anniversaries of the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Province of Manitoba
The History of Coffee, Cannabis, and Alcohol: From Stigmatized to Normalized
The Price of Gold – Lessons From Previous Price Cycles

View the presentations HERE.

Weatherburn on “Taylorism, Generations & Historical Reflexivity”

I’m very pleased to share a talk by Michael Weatherburn (Imperial) that he gave last year at the University of Bristol School of Management on “Taylorism, Generations and Historical Reflexivity in Management Scholarship”.

Finding Light in Dark Archives (with AI) – recorded online presentation

We have another update on our AHRC-funded research project on Email Archives, as we presented our work with an excellent group of UK and Irish scholars and professionals focusing on AI & Archives.

For more information on AURA and their events follow this link.

Update from the Contextualising Email Archives Research Project

As part of our AHRC-funded collaborative research project on “Historicising the dot.com boom and contextualising email archives”, we have recorded an introduction to our project and its aims. In case you are interested, you can find the presentation here.