The National Archives and Research Libraries UK are inviting submissions for this year’s Discovering Collections Discovering Communities (DCDC) conference, which will take place between 12 – 14 November 2019 in Birmingham.
The theme of DCDC18 is ‘Navigating the digital shift: practices and possibilities’. We will explore the possibilities of the digital shift for collections, audience expectations, and professional practices. We seek to go beyond recounting the huge change that the digital shift has represented, and to examine possibilities for the future.
We invite proposals from heritage and cultural organisations and the academic community, which might include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Rise of the machines: artificial intelligence, interpretation, and creativity
· Digital inclusion: use of digital technology to increase engagement with collections amongst diverse communities and open up collections to new audiences
· Internet of Things: augmenting and evaluating audience engagement
· User insight and respecting data privacy
· Google and the catalogue: equipping the researcher for 21st-century research
· The record: authenticity and trust
· The effect of the digital shift on collecting practices
· Putting digital collections to work to enable digital scholarship and creativity
· Scan it, save it, sell it?: funding, commercial opportunities and entrepreneurship
· The challenge of born digital records: preservation, discoverability, and use
· Navigating the shift in skills, practices, and professional culture in the digital age
· Meaningful engagement: measures and metrics to chart the impact of digital collections
· The challenge of discoverability of digital records
Submissions should be received by Friday 26 April 2019.
For more information about this year’s theme and how to submit a proposal, please see the full call for papers on the DCDC website.
Emma Kay | Academic Communications and Impact Officer
The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU | +44 (0)80518731 (ext. 2013)