a bunch of stuff I said about archives

It’s a sign of how much I’ve been neglecting this blog that even though I did an email interview last month about archives, and even though I posted links to it from my social media accounts, I’m only now mentioning it here. I don’t know if anyone reads this blog at all who doesn’t follow me on twitter, but if you do, then presumably you’d be interested in reading the interview.

My interviewer was Roisin O’Brien, who is a Masters student in Digital Arts and Humanities at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland. The topic was “What is the role of an archive in the digital age?” Much of the discussion is about digitization, although I think a lot of what I said applies to born-digital material as well. As an added bonus, I decided to go against prevailing trends and decline to offer up a definition of “digital humanities.” I figure it gets defined so often, I don’t need to add my own. (My interview answer is less glib.)

Anyway, I’m probably still new enough to archives that you should apply the appropriate discount rate to what I say, but I was glad to have the opportunity to do some real writing again. I’ve been struggling to get back into the routine of blogging regularly.