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Researching born-digital archives

This half-day collaborative workshop offers a chance to explore some of the implications of born-digital archives with academics, staff from the British Library, and fellow AHRC PhD researchers from the CHASE, South West & Wales, and WRoCAH Doctoral Training Partnerships.

You will gain valuable insights into work-in-progress at the British Library to enhance access to its born-digital literary collections. You will also have the chance to feed into wider discussion around how libraries and archives should aim to collect, curate, preserve and develop born-digital material and data of all kinds.

This is also a unique opportunity to meet and network with established academics and other PhD researchers and who are already working with born-digital collections or are planning to do so in future.

This event will be of interest to anyone whose research draws on digital resources or who is keen to learn more about the theory and practice of archival research in the ‘digital age’. It will be of particular relevance to anyone undertaking contemporary literary, historical or interdisciplinary research as well as to those with interests in creative writing or in the digital humanities more broadly.

How to register
The workshop is free to attend but places are limited so advance registration is required. If you would like to register please follow this link: We request that you register no later than Friday 17th February 2017. You will be contacted to confirm if you have a place.

Call for Papers – Student panel and follow-on ‘user testing’ workshop
As part of the workshop, we are keen to hear from current CHASE / SWW / WRoCAH students whose research draws on (or has the potential to draw on) born-digital archival collections. The programme includes a panel for selected students to deliver short talks about their born-digital archival research, to be chaired by Professor Alison Donnell (Head of School of Literature & Languages, University of Reading).

To propose a 10-minute talk for this panel, please email outlining your research questions, sources and methodologies and your experiences/results so far. Please also indicate how the born-digital elements will extend, enrich, or challenge your research, and how you would (ideally) like to be able to research this content.

Building on these presentations and the ensuing discussion, student panel delegates will be asked to stay overnight in London in order to take part in a ‘user-testing’ session on the following morning (Friday March 17th). This will entail being given access to the Library’s newly developed born-digital Hanif Kureishi and Carmen Callil collections in the Manuscripts Reading Room. You will be asked to provide structured feedback on your experiences in accessing the collection. Please note that for the purposes of the user testing it is not necessary for your research interests to relate specifically to these particular collections – only for you to have a general research interest in born-digital archives. You will also be asked to read and provide structured feedback on some selected articles and discussion papers relating to born-digital archives more broadly. Specific points and questions to consider as part of this will be circulated in advance of the workshop.

Lunch on the 17th and overnight accommodation and travel expenses for those taking part in the user testing part of the workshop will be covered by the British Library.
Introduce yourself in advance – share a video!
To promote networking and share experiences in advance of the workshop, we invite all delegates to provide us with a short video about your interest in born-digital archives. These videos will be