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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.
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 envisioned.
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.