Creative Arts

News and Events

13 Mar 2017

Prestigious British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award to develop digital archiving knowledge base

Lise Jaillant, Lecturer in the School of the Arts, English and Drama, has been awarded a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (£15,000) for her project “After the Digital Revolution: Bringing together archivists and scholars to preserve born-digital records and produce new knowledge.” The project will run for one year, from 31 March 2017.

The award enables Early Career Academics to develop their own careers by organising mentoring activities, training and events for fellow early careerists. 

Lise gives an outline of her proposal below:

The digital revolution has profoundly affected the ways we encounter archival documents. Yet, archivists and literary scholars rarely "sit at the same table," and this lack of dialogue has an impact on issues of access, particularly in the case of born-digital materials. We will run two workshops to find solutions to this overall problem of access to emails and other born-digital records in literary and publishers’ archives.

Lise's project will be centred around three objectives:

  • Preserving collections through data recovery (including the recovery of emails)
  • Discussing new ways to make collections findable and usable
  • Sharing methods such as data visualisation and text mining to produce new knowledge

The project will bring together both established and emerging scholars and archivists. Reaching beyond an academic audience, the two workshops will not only raise public awareness of the need to preserve neglected and endangered archives, but also facilitate evidence-based policy making to address this issue.