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Preserving for People: Observing Humanities Scholars’ Research Practices in a Hybrid Archive Environment

Leigh, A., Makri, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-5817-4893, Taylor, A., Mulinder, A., Hamdi, S. and Ranade, S. (2021). Preserving for People: Observing Humanities Scholars’ Research Practices in a Hybrid Archive Environment. Paper presented at the iPRES 2021 the 17th International Conference on Digital Preservation, 19-22 Oct 2021, Beijing, China.

Abstract

In order to assess the potential suitability of digital preservation efforts for future research, it is necessary to understand how users interact with information in the present. Yet there is very little information on how humanities researchers – a key user group for archives – interact with archives beyond discovery. In the following, we show the importance of recognising end-users as part of wider information workflows that comprise not only discovery but the reuse of information and an unfolding interpretation of materials to construct new knowledge. We make our case through the presentation of findings from a naturalistic empirical observation of 11 humanities researchers engaging in research at a national archive. Our work identifies two research practices important to knowledge construction – reading and collecting –through which scholars create an interpretation of the archival record situated in its wider context.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This paper has been presented at iPRES 2021 the 17th International Conference on Digital Preservation.
Publisher Keywords: archives; Human Information Interaction; knowledge construction; information use
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CD Diplomatics. Archives. Seals > CD921 Archives
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science
Date available in CRO: 11 Nov 2021 09:08
Date deposited: 11 November 2021
Date of acceptance: 22 August 2021
Date of first online publication: 17 October 2021
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/27067
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