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Machine Reading the Archive - Reading group session 3: Archives as collections

Reading group for the Machine Reading the Archive programme Open to registered programme participants Please contact for more information
When Mar 14, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Room 5, History Faculty
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The aim of the reading group sessions is to explore texts from a range of disciplines which grapple with the fundamental questions underlying the programme:

  • What is an archive?
  • Who makes archives?
  • How are archives used?
  • Are archives in the digital age different to their predecessors?

Each session is structured around a theme, for which we have proposed a set of key readings, however we will be asking participants to submit their own suggestions for additional readings for each theme in order to build up a programme reading-list.

Session 1: Tuesday 14 March 12-1.30pm
Archives as collections
Convened by: Anne Alexander

Our final reading group session will investigate the changing nature of the archive from the perspective of its contents. We will examine the concept of the document and the record, analyse the status of files and folders, and explore the relationship between the collection and the archive. We will ask whether digital archives remain merely simulators of their paper equivalents, or whether something fundamental has changed when they are partially constituted by decisions enshrined in computer code?

A sandwich lunch will be provided, please book up using the online form to help us cater accurately: book here

Readings will be emailed to registered participants in advance.