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AURA is funded by a joint programme between the Irish Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in the UK (more information about this programme HERE). Our Project Partners include the British Library; the National Library of Scotland; the National Library of Ireland; and the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

The AURA network is designed to unlock cultural assets that are preserved in digital archives closed to the public or difficult to access. The digital revolution has had a huge impact on archival collections: emails have largely replaced letters, government reports are now written in digital format. Yet, the vast majority of these born-digital records are inaccessible due to privacy, copyright or technical issues. By bringing together Digital Humanists, Computer Scientists and stakeholders (including policy makers), the network aims to design solutions to the problem of inaccessible records in digital archives.

The network focuses on three major themes, that are explored in each of three workshops: “Open Data versus Privacy” (Workshop 1); “AI and Archives: Current Challenges and Prospects of Born-digital archives” (Workshop 2); “AI and Archives: What comes next?” (Workshop 3).