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Digital Archives


Maeusli T.

Course director


This course introduces students in understanding digital archiving from many perspectives – with particular attention to Digital Humanities. Digitization is changing the meaning and practice of archives profoundly. Media archives have moved to the center of production flows and form the basis of nonlinear content offer. The activity of archiving is defined more and more as data management. Selection processes seem to have become superfluous for technical reasons, and the ability to find content is becoming increasingly sophisticated thanks to new technologies. Traditional boundaries between archives, libraries, documentation centers and museums are becoming fluid, affecting collective memories and social histories.


  1. Social, political and economic importance of archives in the past (introduction to the history of archives).
  2. Structural changes through digitization.
  3. The standard OAIS model for understanding archiving processes.
  4. Radio and television archives and other case studies.
  5. Archives as cultural heritage and social memory.
  6. Digital archives as a prime example of change in the digital workplace.
  7. Archives in the context of Digital Humanities.