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The project has produced the following research outcomes:

Special issue 1 “Born-Digital,” AI & Society

We invited contributions to a Special Issue on “Born Digital” – Shedding Light into the Darkness of Digital Culture published by AI & Society: Journal of Culture, Knowledge and Communication (Springer).
We received submissions from Digital Humanists, Computer Scientists, Cultural Heritage Institutions, Archivists, Libraries & others who have a stake in born-digital cultural heritage.

Contents for Special Issue of AI & Society

Introduction: “Born digital” shedding light into the darkness of digital cultureLarry Stapleton, Lise Jaillant, Katie Aske and Natasha Kitcher (Open Access)

Open Forum

Creating a Linked Data thesaurus for Irish traditional musicTreasa Harkin

Dark archives or a dark age for reasoning over archives?Mark Bell and Jenny Bunn (Open Access)

Managing and Accessing Web Archives: Irish Practitioners’ PerspectivesMaria Ryan, Della Keating and Joanna Finegan (Open Access)


Will archivists use AI to enhance or to dumb down our societal memory?Titia van der Werf and Bram van der Werf (Open Access)

Born free: a tale of two riversTauriq Jenkins, Richard Ennals and June Bam-Hutchison (Open Access)


Unlocking digital archives: cross-disciplinary perspectives on AI and born-digital dataLise Jaillant and Annalina Caputo (Open Access)

Using AI and ML to Optimize Information Discovery in Under-utilized, Holocaust-related RecordsKirsten Carter, Abby Gondek, Ted Randby and Richard Marciano (Open Access)

Finding light in dark archives: using AI to connect context and content in emailStephanie Decker, David A. Kirsch, Santhilata Venkata and Adam Nix (Open Access)

Jumping into the artistic deep end: building the catalogue raisonnéTodd Dobbs, Aileen Benedict and Zbigniew Ras (Open Access)

Digital cultural heritage standards: from silo to semantic webBrenda O’Neill and Larry Stapleton (Open Access)

Born digital or fossilised digitally? How born digital data systems continue the legacy of social violence towards LGBTQI + communities: a case study of experiences in the Republic of IrelandNoeleen Donnelly, Larry Stapleton and Jennifer O’Mahoney (Open Access)

Using linked data to create provenance-rich metadata interlinks: the design and evaluation of the NAISC-L interlinking framework for libraries, archives and museumsLucy McKenna, Christophe Debruyne and Declan O’Sullivan (Open Access)

The role of born digital data in confronting a difficult and contested past through digital storytelling: the Waterford Memories ProjectJennifer O’Mahoney

Openness and privacy in born-digital archives: reflecting the role of AI developmentAngeliki Tzouganatou (Open Access)

Special issue 2 “Challenges and Prospects of Born-digital and Digitized Archives in the Digital Humanities,” Archival Science

We invited contributions to a special issue to be published in Archival Science. This special issue explores the current challenges and prospects of digital and born-digital archives for Digital Humanities, focusing particularly on the topic of access. It brings together experts from archival science and the humanities, with experts and practitioners from cultural heritage institutions.

Contents of Special Issue of Archival Science

Introduction: Challenges and Prospects of Born-Digital and Digitized Archives in the Digital HumanitiesLise Jaillant, Katie Aske, Eirini Goudarouli, and Natasha Kitcher (Open Access)

How can we make born-digital and digitised archives more accessible? Identifying obstacles and solutionsLise Jaillant (Open Access)

Digital Critical Archives, Copyright, and Feminist PraxisClaire Battershill, Helena Clarkson, Matthew N. Hannah, Illya Nokhrin, Elizabeth Willson Gordon, and Nicola Wilson (Open Access)    

Archives, Linked Data and the Digital Humanities: Increasing access to digitised and born-digital archives via the Semantic WebAshleigh Hawkins (Open Access)

Understanding the application of Handwritten Text Recognition technology in heritage contexts: a systematic review of Transkribus in published research Joe Nockels, Paul Gooding, Sarah Ames, and Melissa Terras (Open Access)                                           

A survey on email visualisation research to address the conflict between privacy and accessZoe Bartliff, Yunhyong Kim, and Frank Hopfgartner (Open Access)

Keeping it under lock and keywords: Exploring new ways to open up the Web Archives with Notebooks Leontien Talboom and Mark Bell (Open Access)

Annalina Caputo’s Blog Post to celebrate the launch of AURA

The first short article, written by Annalina Caputo, Assistant Professor in the School of Computing, Dublin City University was published on the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) blog. A not-for-profit membership organization, the DPC was founded in 2002, and now gathers more than 100 agencies from 13 countries. The blog post presented the AURA network and its project outputs. It also encouraged readers to join our AURA list-serv to receive updates on our initiative and latest news.

Rachel MacGregor’s Blog Post on AURA Workshop 1

Rachel MacGregor, Digital Preservation Officer at Warwick University wrote a blog post on her experience attending the first AURA workshop. She noted: “I really enjoyed how the different aspects of ‘access’ were explored by those working in very different disciplines but all with a common goal of ethical access for the greater good and not to the detriment of the individual. It is very heartening to be at events where these challenges can be explored so that both researchers who want access and information managers who want to protect privacy can understand the challenges on each side.” Selected videos and slides used by speakers during the workshop can be found HERE.

(1) Stella Wisdom’s Blog Post on AURA Workshop 2

Stella Wisdom of the British Library wrote about the AURA network and plans for the second workshop on the Library’s Digital Scholarship Blog.

(2) Stella Wisdom’s Blog Post on AURA Workshop 2

In this second blog post, Stella Wisdom offered a summary and analysis of the key themes explored during AURA Workshop 2. Selected videos and slides used by speakers during the workshop can be found HERE.

Eirini Goudarouli’s Blog Post on AURA Workshop 2

AURA Workshop 2 was organised by The National Archives UK (TNA) and the British Library. Eirini Goudarouli provided a summary and analysis of the first day of the Workshop at TNA. She included overviews of the discussions in the break-out rooms, using Mentimeter, a tool for interactive presentations and discussions.

(1) Natasha Kitcher’s Blog Post to celebrate AURA’s achievements

Nine months after AURA started, Natasha Kitcher (Research Assistant) gave an overview of the key achievements of the network on the Digital Preservation Coalition blog.

(2) Natasha Kitcher’s Blog Post to talk about her work on AURA

In this blog post (June 2021), Natasha Kitcher (Research Assistant) writes about her work on the AURA project – what she has learned and what she is currently working on.