9th ICHORA (2020): Conference News in Review

First organized in 2003, the ICHORA (International Conference on the History of Records and Archives) returned in late October 26-30, 2020, with its 9th biennial incarnation, hosted by the University of Michigan School of Information. ICHORA 2020 was spectacularly well-attended (over 270 people registered!) and remained thoroughly engaging throughout its five half-days of programming. As... Continue Reading →

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ICHORA 2020, DAY 1: Michael Riordan, “Copying and Surrogacy in English Archives”

Note: This presentation was part of a three-person panel entitled "Re-Imagining Materiality: Three Histories of Archival Technologies." The panelist is also a member of Archival Discourses, an international research network for the International Intellectual History of Archival Studies. Michael Riordan (Oxford University) provides a fascinating review of the history of copying of archival documents in a presentation entitled “Pre-digital... Continue Reading →

ICHORA 2020, DAY 1: James Lowry, “Registration across Technologies”

Note: This presentation was part of a three-person panel entitled "Re-Imagining Materiality: Three Histories of Archival Technologies." The panelist is also a member of Archival Discourses, an international research network for the International Intellectual History of Archival Studies. In a presentation on “Registration across Technologies: The Inscription of Value in Paper and Digital Records Systems,” James Lowry (City University... Continue Reading →

ICHORA 2020, DAY 1: Jenny Bunn, “How Archivists Invented the Semantic Web”

Note: This presentation was part of a three-person panel entitled "Re-Imagining Materiality: Three Histories of Archival Technologies." The panelist is also a member of Archival Discourses, an international research network for the International Intellectual History of Archival Studies. Jenny Bunn (National Archives, United Kingdom) introduces the topic of “Differentiation in Description or How Archivists Invented the Semantic Web” by... Continue Reading →

ICHORA 2020, DAY 2: Hannah Turner, “Cataloging Culture…in an Ethnographic Museum”

Note: This presentation was part of a three-person panel entitled "Histories of Ordering, Classifying, and Connecting." Hannah Turner (University of British Columbia) starts a presentation on “Cataloguing Culture: Histories of Documentation in an Ethnographic Museum,” based on Turner's recently-published book, Cataloguing Culture: Legacies of Colonialism in Museum Documentation (UBC Press, August 2020), by arguing that... Continue Reading →

ICHORA 2020, DAY 2: Ciaran Trace, “Archives, Classification, and the Digital World”

Note: This presentation was part of a three-person panel entitled "Histories of Ordering, Classifying, and Connecting." Ciaran Trace (University of Texas-Austin) in a paper on “Archives, Classification, and the Digital World,” based on a forthcoming article in the American Archivist, examines the development of classification and arrangement in the United States from the 1960s to... Continue Reading →

ICHORA 2020, DAY 2: Patrick Egan, “Enriching Metadata for Irish Traditional Music”

Note: This presentation was part of a three-person panel entitled "Histories of Ordering, Classifying, and Connecting." Patrick Egan (Pádraig Mac Aodhgáin), PhD, focuses on “Enriching Metadata for Irish Traditional Music at the American Folklife Center.” How does the digital revolution impact traditional Irish music, which is now very popular, shared and accessed worldwide? Egan suggests... Continue Reading →

ICHORA 2020, DAY 2: Nick Pavlik, “Evolution of Archivists’ Roles”

Note: This presentation was part of a three-person panel entitled "Deciding What to Keep: Archivists as Co-creators of Historical Meanings." Nick Pavlik’s (Bowling Green State University) presentation on “The Evolution of Archivists’ Roles from Keepers to Selectors to Collaborators” traces the conceptualization of the archivist’s role in an ever-changing set of societal and technological contexts.... Continue Reading →

ICHORA 2020, DAY 2: Jane Zhang, “Analog to Digital: The Special Olympics’ World Games”

Note: This presentation was part of a three-person panel entitled "Deciding What to Keep: Archivists as Co-creators of Historical Meanings." In a presentation entitled “Transition from Analog to Digital – A Case Study of Special Olympics’ World Games Documentation,” Jane Zhang (Catholic University of America) turns the archiving project of the Special Olympics Headquarters, located... Continue Reading →

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