New funding for Email Archives Research Project

EMCODIST – The Next Phase

Following the publication of our Dotcom-Archive website [link to Monday’s post] we’re delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded follow-on funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation [https://mellon.org] via the Email Archives: Building Capacity and Community (EA:BCC) programme at the University of Illinois [https://emailarchivesgrant.library.illinois.edu].

 “Discovery environments for using email archives: Evaluating user needs with prototype version of EMailCOntextualisationDIScovery Tool” (or just “EMailCOntextualisationDIScovery”) is a new project that will build on Contextualizing Email Archives and the ECOMDIST discovery prototype we developed.

The award (approximately $57,000) will fund tool development, testing and user experience analysis in 2022 and 2023.

Why email?

Emails are materially different from correspondence of the pre-digital age, but their significance as traces of the past is substantial, especially for organizations, where email is not only used as a form of correspondence but also as an informal mode of record keeping. We believe that the preservation of a meaningful, relatively complete email archive is one plausible pathway to supporting scholarly research on organizations. 

Our work focuses on how researchers will engage with such resources, having previously developed an AI-based discovery tool (ECOMDIST), which we used to explore a dotcom-era email archive [https://dotcomarchive.bristol.ac.uk/]. Our new project will bring this technology to researchers in management and organization history, one of the key scholarly use cases for large-scale email corpora, and see how it can best be developed to support a context-sensitive discovery process.

Going to AoM?

One of our first activities on the project will be a Professional Development Workshop (PDW) at this year’s Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Seattle [https://aom.org/events/annual-meeting]. Sponsored by the Management History (MH) division, Introducing the “digitally curious” to email archives for organizational history will:

  1. introduce “digitally curious” management scholars to the use of email collections as contexts for research;
  2. orient scholars to new tools for interacting with sample email collections, including EMCODIST; and 
  3. provide a forum for scholars to share and learn from each other about emerging best practices in the use of email as a context for research. 

The PDW will take place on Friday, August 5, from 2:00-4:00p PDT in a hybrid format with in-person and virtual participation supported. To allow participants to access the email tools and collections, pre-registration is required. If you would like to register or to learn more about the workshop and the project, please email Shubhangkar Girish Jain (shubhangkar.girishjain@marylandsmith.umd.edu).​

Archival surveying conference in memory of Michael Moss

Re-appraisal of surveying: a vital archival tool for contemporary collecting

27-28 April 2022. 

Online conference in memory of Professor Michael S Moss.

The event, which is being jointly organised by the Business Archives Council, Business Archives Council of Scotland and The National Archives, with the support of the British Records Association, will consist of short papers and sessions spread over two half-days, on 27 and 28 April 2022.

Surveying remains a universally useful tool for all archivists and we are seeking speakers on archival surveying of all kinds, not just in relation to business archives, both from the UK and globally. We hope that this conference will provide a space to share best practice, and expect the event to be followed by practical half-day face-to-face workshops on surveying techniques across the UK.

This conference will consider the UK’s extraordinary track record of successful archival surveying and look at the many ways in which surveys can not only contribute to the collecting function of an archive but also ensure that the heritage of an organisation, region or nation is appropriately reflected in its archival collections.

For more information and further updates visit: busarchscot.org.uk/events/surveying-conference/

Unlocking our Digital Past – 2nd workshop

For those with an interest in digital history and digital archives, reflections and presentations from the second workshop of the “Unlocking our Digital Past” are available here: https://unlockingourdigitalpast.com/blog-2/

Also AEOLIAN (AI for Cultural Organisations), an international network, runs events – to find out more you can join their mailing list to receive the latest news: https://www.aeolian-network.net/join-aeolian-2/

Gerald Aylmer Seminar: New Ways to Work (17 September)

The Gerald Aylmer Seminar is an annual one-day symposium organised by The National Archives, The Royal Historical Society and The Institute of Historical Research in memory of Gerald Aylmer (1926-2000), who was president of The Royal Historical Society and Chairman of the Institute of Historical Research. Its purpose is to bring together archivists and historians to discuss topics of mutual interest. 

This year’s event, ‘New Ways to Work – future directions for archival and historical practice’, will take place 17 September and consider how we are working now, having been forced to make difficult decisions, to adapt and innovate in what we do and how we engage with each other, but also how do we best move forward in a relationship that may not return to ‘normal’. A provisional programme is available – https://symphony-live-new2.s3.amazonaws.com/bB47zjaqdry5Gbppd7K9wsfXdULbKh5UtCphS5Ge4GBDdOVgZeLhLX6ItDnWcixB/Aylmer%20Provisional_Programme_2021.pdf

It is free to attend and will be held online, but booking if required. To register, please click here – https://www.history.ac.uk/events/gerald-aylmer-seminar-2021

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.

GDPR & Historical Archives

You have one more week for submitting your proposal!

The deadline for submissions for the upcoming workshop ‘GDPR & Historical Archives’ expires on 1 December 2019.

This workshop – a joint effort of eabh and the European Central Bank – aims to look at the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on historical archives, in particular, but not exclusively, in the financial sector. 

The full Call for Papers is available at  http://bankinghistory.org/wp-content/uploads/GDPRHistoricalArchives_CfP.pdf

The event will be held on 23 March 2020 at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Opening up the archive of the Basel Mission

Mission 21 Evangelisches Missionswerk Basel

This position requires fluency in German.

Per 01.01.2020 oder nach Vereinbarung suchen wir für ein Jahr (befristete Anstellung) eine/n

Projektmitarbeiter*in – Erschliessung Archiv der Basler Handelsgesellschaften (100%)

Das weltweit bekannte Archiv der Basler Mission und von Mission 21 steht zu Forschungszwecken den Interessierten offen. Forschende aus Fachgebieten wie Geschichte, Ethnologie, Anthropologie, Missions-wissenschaften, Religionswissenschaften, Geografie, Ökonomie oder Linguistik finden bei uns Archivalien (Akten, historische Bilder und Karten) ab dem frühen 19. Jahrhundert. Hinzu kommen neuere Archivalien aus weiteren Ländern in Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika, in denen sich Mission 21 und ihre Trägervereine engagieren, sowie das Archiv der Missions-Handlungs-Gesellschaft.

Die Unterlagen der Basler Handelsgesellschaften, inklusive United Trading Company (UTC) sind Teil des Archivs von Mission 21. Mit einem Umfang von rund 80 Laufmetern dokumentiert dieser Bestand in einmaliger Weise die wirtschaftlichen Beziehungen einer bedeutenden Schweizer Unternehmung mit Asien und Afrika im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert und die Verflechtungen innerhalb der Schweiz. Mit der Erschliessung wird der Bestand für die in- und ausländische Forschung zugänglich gemacht.

Aufgaben
• Erschliessen des Bestandes nach archivischen Standards
• Beschreibung der Unterlagen und Positionierung in den nationalen und internationalen Kontext
• Beantworten von Anfragen aus Forschungskreisen
Voraussetzungen
• Abgeschlossenes Masterstudium im Bereich Geschichte oder Ökonomie
• Kenntnisse in Betriebswirtschaft/Buchhaltung und Geschichte der internationalen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen
• Erfahrung im Erschliessen von Archivbeständen
• Ausdauer Sorgfalt, Genauigkeit, selbstständige Arbeitsweise
• Gute Englisch- und PC-Anwenderkenntnisse (Datenbanken)
• Kenntnisse in Kurrentschrift sind von Vorteil

Kontakt
Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Bewerbung bis per E-Mail an: bewerbung@mission-21.org
Myriam Pellet, Leiterin Personal, Mission 21, Missionsstrasse 21, 4009 Basel, Telefon +41 (0)61 260 22 73
Weitere Informationen erhalten Sie von Patrick Moser, Projektleiter, Telefon +41 (0)61 260 22 57, patrick.moser@mission-21.org
http://www.bmarchives.org
http://www.mission-21.org

The Barings Archives

The Barings Archives has an extensive collection of documents located primarily in the ING building in the City of London.  

The firm that became known as Baring Brothers was established in 1762, and it quickly became one of Great Britain’s most important firms in the financing of domestic and international trade.  As you may know, Barings became insolvent in 1995 as a result of unauthorised trading by one of its employees, Nick Leeson.  ING of the Netherlands acquired the majority of the business, and in 2004, MassMutual Financial Group bought the asset management arm. 

Today the Barings Archives continues as a charitable trust.  I joined its Board of Trustees earlier this year. 

The link below takes you to the Archives’ webpage.  Its archivists are in the process of digitising as much of the collection as possible, but the vast majority of the archive is not yet digitised. 

If you are doing research on international financial institutions and/or international trade, I encourage you to click on the link below and browse the collection:   

www.baringarchive.org.uk

Best regards,

Rowena

Dr. Rowena Olegario
Co-Director, Global History of Capitalism

Oxford Centre for Global History


M +44 (0)754 5419820

rowena.olegario@history.ox.ac.uk 

https://globalcapitalism.history.ox.ac.uk/

GDPR & Historical Archives Workshop

Archival workshop

eabh in cooperation with the European Central Bank

23 March 2020
European Central Bank
Sonnemannstrasse 20
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Call for papers

This workshop aims to look at the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on historical archives, in particular, but not exclusively, in the financial sector. Since May 2018, the GDPR has set common standards of data protection within the European Union and, to a certain extent, beyond. This regulation received critical acclaim by the public and scholars alike, however, not without facing widespread criticism for the severity of the changes it requires. Without a doubt, it has been successful in getting the topic of data protection on the political agenda as well in the public and business sphere. The ever-increasing collection of digital data has required common actions to limit the usage of personal data.

To read the full call, click here