Jeremy Heil and I propose to talk about the role of Archives in DH projects and research. Primary sources are often the focus of much digital humanities work through digitization, transcription or analysis and as such we are interested in (1) sharing what the Archives has done to date and (2) asking how the Archives can do more to foster this research. We plan on talking about a few digital initiatives and projects we have been involved with, such as one of the first “machine-readable” finding aids for the Lorne Pierce collection of Canadiana, to a current and ongoing digitization project using the George Whalley papers. We wish to engage with the participants, utilizing them as a focus group, about their impressions and opinions regarding the roles that institutional repositories can, or should, play in the field of digital humanities.
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