6 July 2022 | 13:00 - 17:00 UTC+1 Online | Zoom

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Computational access is a term that is mentioned with increasing frequency by those in the digital preservation community. Many practitioners are aware it might be helpful to them (and their users) but do not have a handle on what exactly it entails, how it is best applied and where to start.  It is often linked, however imprecisely, with concepts like text mining, machine learning and artificial intelligence. It also raises professional and ethical concerns pertaining to data protection and sensitivity review.  These well-founded but ill-formed concerns, in combination with the relative dearth of experience and know-how means computational access has been relatively slow to develop. And yet, preventing or constraining access seems to put archives and institutions on the wrong side of often-stated ambitions to unlock archives.

To help address this challenge, the DPC have been working with SSI fellow Leontien Talboom on a getting started guide to computational access for the digital preservation community. Working with experts from across this domain we have been pooling community knowledge, case studies and tips to get started and have brought these together into a guide which intends to lower the barriers to getting started with computational access techniques.

This event marks the launch of this guide and provides an opportunity to learn more about computational access. Presentations will include a basic overview of the concepts and terminology, a selection of case studies from those working in this area and plenty of opportunity for discussion and Q&A. Attendees should come away with some ideas for how they might try and employ these techniques going forward.


13:00 - Welcome
13:15 - An introduction to computational access - Leontien Talboom, University College London
13:45 - Launch of the computational access guide
13:55 - ‘DIY’ Computational Access: the Polytechnic Magazine (1879 to 1960) - Jacob Bickford, The National Archives UK
14:15 - BREAK
14:35 - Collections as data at the National Library of Scotland: access, engagement, outcomes - Sarah Ames, National Library of Scotland
14:55 - Providing Computational Access to Web Archives: The Archives Unleashed Project - Ian Milligan, University of Waterloo
15:15 - How to Read Millions of Books: The HathiTrust Digital Library and Research Center - Ryan Dubnicek and Glen Layne-Worthey, HathiTrust Research Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
15:35 - BREAK
15:55 - Tales from the Trenches: Building Petabyte-scale Computational Research Services - Jefferson Bailey, Internet Archive
16:15 - Discussion and Q&A
16:50 - Next steps
17:00 - Close


Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close at 12:00 GMT on 4th July and early booking is recommended as we expect this event will be popular. Registration is free for DPC Members. There is a limit of 5 places per Full Member and 1 place per Associate Member and these will be available on a 'first come, first served' basis.

DPC members can claim their free place by entering the promotional code DPCMEMBER. Cancellations will be accepted until 12:00 BST on 4th July, a 'no show' fee of £250 may be charged for those who cancel after this time.

Non DPC Members can attend this event for a price of £250.


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