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Wednesday, October 3 • 12:00 - 12:30
Data driven documentation strategy: tracing archival networks

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Documentation strategy is a collaborative appraisal methodology designed to expand archival holdings through identifying gaps in the documentary record. Documentation strategies acknowledge the inability of a single archives to document the complex relationships between records creators and the breath of documentation associated with any one subject or locality. This paper will frame the data-driven Mapping the Independent Media Community (MIMC) project as documentation strategy, exploring the potential to expose the archival networks preserving the distributed collections of the Media Arts Center Movement and Independent Film and Video in the United States and abroad.

MIMC seeks to historicize the Media Arts Center Movement through an analysis of the social networks that emerged between moving image makers and the institutions that supported the production, distribution, exhibition, preservation, and study of their works. The MIMC database aggregates data from primary source materials, but also draws linked data, including authority records and EAD/EAC encoded archival data. Uniting disparate pieces of archival collections and placing them into historical context, the project seeks not to collect, but to understand how archives were collected, identifying gaps in the archival record, and acknowledge both the traditional archival institutions and non-archival organizations that serve as the de facto repositories for these collections. This paper will explore MIMC as a work of digital scholarship and appraisal tool for archivists, suggesting ways in which the affordances of the semantic web can be exploited to undertake documentation strategies and unite time-based media collections held within traditional and non-traditional archival spaces.


Gila Flam

Director, National Sound Archives, Israel
Etnomusicologist.  The Director of the Sound Archives of the National Library of Israel for over 25 years.  Expanded the collection and digitized the historical collection between 2007-2013.  Interested in ethnographic recordings and provision of access internationally. 

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Lindsay Mattock

Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa
Lindsay Mattock is an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science. Her work focuses on the archival practices of non-institutional archival spaces, such as media collectives and community archives. Her ongoing digital project, Mapping the... Read More →

Wednesday October 3, 2018 12:00 - 12:30 GMT
Main Hall / Auditorium Department of Economics, University of Ghana, Legon

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