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February 8, 2023

Durability of Digital Storages for Archival Purposes (research project)

Filed under: — Andrei Rodin @ 7:59 pm

Funded by Maison de Sciences de l’Homme de Lorraine

Project description: What is the future of existing digital archives? Are there sufficient reasons to believe that in a century one still will be able to retrieve useful information from today’s digital archives? Even in such a case, how can it be ensured that the archived data have not been modified (voluntary or non-voluntary) during this span of time? It is not quite obvious that today’s information technologies provide easy answers to these and similar questions about the possible future of digital archives. Moreover, any answer to these questions would not simply rely on technological aspects but also social aspects related to the rapidly changing social practices of using digital technologies in the education, research and everyday life. The proposed project aims at bringing together researchers in various disciplines including Computer Science, Social Sciences, and Historical Epistemology for discussing and given some preliminary answers to such questions.

Here is an extended description. And here the MSH Lorraine mentions its generous support of this project.

Research Team:

Enka Blanchard, LAMIH – UMR CNRS 8201

Hala Khassiba, Henri Poincaré Archives

Baptiste Mélès, Henri Poincaré Archives

Mélusine Rocher, Henri Poincaré Archives

Andrei Rodin, Henri Poincaré Archives (PI)

Olivier Rouchon, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, la Direction des Donnés Ouvertes de la Recherche (CNRS-DDOR)

Laurent Rollet, Henri Poincaré Archives

Pierre Willaime, Henri Poincaré Archives (PI)

Planned public activities for 2023: Three 1-day workshops and the concluding 2-day workshop during the year. The preliminary schedule is as follows:

Workshop 1: Presentation of the Project and 4-5 talks on the general theme of the Project (3d week of April 2023)

Workshop 2: Historical and Sociological Issues of Digital Archiving (1st or 2nd week of June 2023);

Workshop 3: Technical Issues of Long-Term Digital Storage: Software (NFT, Block-Chain and other) and Hardware Aspects (September 2023);

Concluding Workshop 4: November 2023

More details including announcements, schedules and programs of the workshops will be published soon on this webpage. If you wish to stay posted by email about this project, please, subscribe to our information list.

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