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Connected Academics invites ASU faculty, students, and staff to join us on Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. for "Critical Digital Archives" with Hannah Alpert-Abrams. The rapid digitization of archives allows the public to engage with historical material and increases access for researchers exploring a variety of pressing questions. It also presents challenges for archivists preserving history. In this interactive presentation, Alpert-Abrams uses her work with the digital archive of the Guatemalan National Police as an example to discuss the practical and ethical considerations of bringing archival data into online spaces.
Hannah Alpert-Abrams, PhD, is a Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellow in data curation for Latin American studies at the University of Texas at Austin (2017 to 2019). Her work bridges the fields of digital humanities, information science and scholarly editing. Visit Alpert-Abrams' postdoc group here.
Digital humanities in an interdisciplinary area of research at the nexus of computing technologies and the humanities. It includes new methods, materials and research questions, including the application of computational tools to traditional research topics. Digital humanities is a growing concern in humanities research and attracts interest from audiences across and outside of academia. It also presents opportunities for humanities scholars to find recognition and grant funding.