Of global reach yet of situated contexts: an examination of the implicit and explicit selection criteria that shape digital archives of historical newspapers
journal contributionposted on 2020-01-13, 13:27 authored by Tessa Hauswedell, Julianne Nyhan, Melodee BealsMelodee Beals, Melissa Terras, Emily Bell
A large literature addresses the processes, circumstances and motivations that have given rise to archives. These questions are increasingly being asked of digital archives, too. Here, we examine the complex interplay of institutional, intellectual, economic, technical, practical and social factors that have shaped decisions about the inclusion and exclusion of digitised newspapers in and from online archives. We do so by undertaking and analysing a series of semi-structured interviews conducted with public and private providers of major newspaper digitisation programmes. Our findings contribute to emerging understandings of factors that are rarely foregrounded or highlighted yet fundamentally shape the depth and scope of digital cultural heritage archives and thus the questions that can be asked of them, now and in the future. Moreover, we draw attention to providers’ emphasis on meeting the needs of their end-users and how this is shaping the form and function of digital archives. The end user is not often emphasised in the wider literature on archival studies and we thus draw attention to the potential merit of this vector in future studies of digital archives.
Oceanic Exchanges Project: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914
ESRC and AHRC (Grant reference: ES/R004110/1
Transatlantic Partnership for Social Sciences and Humanities 2016 Digging Into Data Challenge’
- Social Sciences
- Politics and International Studies