Born-Digital Evidence and Historical Scholarship (4/19)

This series features international subject expert talks from the libraries and archives sector, a digital investigation collective and from the cybersecurity sector to consider born-digital evidence from a Historical Scholarship and Humanities perspective. Our digital present poses challenges to long-term preservation and curation of born-digital archives, but also to their cautious selection, critical appraisal and methodological analysis and interpretation as historical evidence. Establishing, proving and maintaining the chain of digital evidence, evaluating the evidential status of born-digital sources and interpreting the traces of historical digital events will be the daily practice of historians studying our present time. The talk series Born-digital Evidence and Historical Scholarship is a starter for the conversation about how we establish this practice and build the skillsets, standards and procedures for Historical Scholarship and the Humanities in coordination with libraries and archives.


Euan Cochrane - Date: April 19, 10-11:30 CST

Title: All digital evidence is software – what now?

Euan Cochrane is Digital Preservation Manager for Yale University Libraries. He has a particular interest in software preservation and the use of emulation to maintain access to born digital information. Before joining Yale, Euan helped to establish the data archive for official statistics at Statistics New Zealand, in addition to working in the Digital Continuity team at Archives New Zealand and consulting for Deloitte in Australia on Information Management.

David A. Bliss

Title: Post-custodial archival initiatives at LLILAS Benson

David Bliss is the Systems and Digital Archivist at UT Libraries, where he is responsible for a variety of digital preservation infrastructure and processes for libraries collections. Prior to April 2021, he was the Digital Processing Archivist at the Benson Latin American Collection at UT Austin, focused primarily on implementing and supporting post-custodial digitization projects based at partner repositories in Latin America. David is a 2017 graduate of the UT School of Information.

(Sponsored by the UT iSchool colloquium series and Germanic Studies Digital Humanities Lab)

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