[EIFLoa] The CEU Summer University announces the course on Policies and Practices in Access to Digital Archives: Towards a New Research and Policy Agenda
iryna.kuchma at eifl.net
Thu Dec 15 16:54:26 EET 2011
[Forwarded from Gabriella Ivacs, Open Society Archives, Central European
University, Budapest, Hungary]
Course date: 2 Jul - 6 Jul, 2012
Application deadline: February 15, 2012
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
In co-operation with the Information Program, Open Society Foundations and
the Open Society Archives (OSA) at Central European University
Milena Dobreva, Computer and Information Sciences Department (CIS),
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
Gabriella Ivacs, Open Society Archives, Central European University,
Carla Basili, National Research Council/Sapienza University, Rome,
Italy/The European network for Information Literacy (EnIL)
Joy Davidson, Digital Curation Centre, University of Glasgow, UK
Charles Farrugia, National Archives, Rabat, Malta
Vera Franz, Information Policy and Intellectual Property Reform
initiatives, Open Society Information Program, New York, USA
Paul Keller, Knowledgeland, Amsterdam The Netherlands
Fabrice Quertain, Walloon Region, Belgium (currently seconded to the
Istvan Rev, Open Society Archives, Central European University, Budapest,
Harry Verwayen, Europeana, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Christiana Mauro, CEU Press, Budapest, Hungary
This course is intended to serve as a bridge between archivists, curators,
researchers, legal experts and policymakers whose work deals with digital
records, cultural heritage collections and/or open data. Launching an
itinerary to reform the political and statutory landscape by uniting the
efforts of key stakeholders is one of the broad purposes of the course.
Short and long-term access to archival records is socially and culturally
significant. New licensing frameworks and austere policies can often make
conditions for the re-use of material unmanageable for archival curators.
But innovative research and policy agendas cannot be considered without a
recognition and understanding of the range of interests implicated. It is
an aim of the course to address the gap that continues to widen between
archival policies and practice at both the European and international level
by offering practitioners an overview of institutional norms and legal
frameworks that have gradually become dissociated from both archival
practices and broader social concerns. A special emphasis will be placed on
the issues surrounding the use of archives within research and teaching.
Legal uncertainty and restrictive regulations may jeopardize the European
knowledge ecosystem by limiting access to information; a thorough analysis
of this new environment has become increasingly imperative.
The challenges faced in developing and implementing policies with
appropriate levels of control and information management practices,
particularly in the public sector, are matters that must be examined,
debated and determined by an array of stakeholders. Institutional and
national settings differ significantly across the archival domain and so do
the challenges and barriers that have emerged.
Placing the digitalization of archival collections in a wider policy
context, lectures will address the overlap of proprietary rights, research
needs and data management and the frictions arising therefrom; regional and
international legal frameworks will be situated within the archival domain
and participants with diverse disciplinary viewpoints will engage in
critical discussion of the application of these laws. Outreach channels and
the creation of a guideline-generating coalition of experts are also
Prerequisites: Applicants will be selected on the basis of their
qualifications and experience as well as their interest in collaborating
beyond the scope of this course to the development of policy proposals.
Prior to the summer session participants are invited to prepare papers on
topics to be determined following discussions with the course directors.
Central European University's summer school (CEU SUN), established in 1996,
is a program in English for graduate students, junior or post-doctoral
researchers, teachers and professionals. It offers high-level,
research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops
on policy issues for professional development, taught by internationally
renowned scholars and policy experts (including CEU faculty). Application
from all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is available.
Application deadline: February 15, 2012
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