Ed Summers
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Content that has been converted to digital format.


Content that is created digital.

Reborn- Digital

Digitized or born-digital content in a web archive.

When the present web is later the past.
Niels Brügger

Silences enter the process of historical production at four crucial moments: the moment of fact creation (the making of sources): the moment of fact assembly (the making of archives); the moment of fact retrieval (the making of narratives); and the moment of retrospective significance (the making of history in the final instance).

Silencing the past: Power and the production of history.
Michel-Rolph Trouillot


The process of determining the value of records, in order to justify their inclusion into the archive.

Gee's 7 Building Tasks

  • Significance
  • Activities
  • Identity
  • Relationships
  • Politics
  • Connections
  • Sign systems and knowledge

How to do discourse analysis: A toolkit.
James Paul Gee

Processing a collection at the State Archives of Florida

Information management: A proposal.
Tim Berners-Lee

It is possible to refrain from understanding objects as the central focus of different people's perspectives. It is possible to understand them instead as things manipulated in practices. If we do this—if instead of bracketing the practices in which objects are handled we foreground them—this has far reaching effects. Reality multiplies.

The Body Multiple.
Annemarie Mol

Thank you!

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