Friday, 28 June 2013

Debate on 29 July 2013: Digitisation will be the death of history


Update: the debate has since passed however I've shared my contribution in another blog post... So what does digitisation mean for history?

Info from Curtin University...

Announcing the free “Digitisation will be the death of history” debate, hosted by the Department of Information Studies of Curtin University and the History Council of Western Australia on Monday 29 July 2013 at Curtin University.


Everyone interested in the topic is welcome to attend.


Where: Curtin University, Building 210. Foyer then the Norm Duffy Lecture Theatre.

Time: Wine and cheese at 6pm then debate and panel discussion 6:30 to 8pm


All attendees should register through Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com.au/event/7267153251


Will digitisation be the death of history? Does digitisation mean that archival treasures can be seen by more people and put to more uses? How much money and time should continue to be devoted to physical preservation of original documents? The National Archives of Australia has recently mandated that they will soon only be accepting material in digital format. What are the implications of this kind of policy for historians? Will digitisation degrade or enhance access to past stories by future generations?

For the motion: Meg Travers (State Records Office, Western Australia) and Lise Summers (Curtin University Department of Information Studies and President of History Council of Western Australia).

Against the motion: David Fricker (Director-General, National Archives of Australia) and Andrew S. Bowman (Carnamah Historical Society).


Adjudicator: Bobbie Oliver (Curtin University Department of Social Sciences and International Studies).


For further information, please contact Kathryn Greenhill: k.greenhill@curtin.edu.au

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