A presentation and open house event run by Bridget Moynihan, English Literature PhD Candidate (Edinburgh) based on research undertaken in collaboration with Jonathan Armoza, English Literature PhD Candidate (NYU), and Dr. Anouk Lang, English Literature (Edinburgh) will take place on 11th April. The presentation from 13:00-13:30 will provide context for our research through design process for the scrapbooks of Edwin Morgan, and, by extension, for ephemeral archives more broadly. The drop-in open house will be open from 13:30-15:30 so that you can play with the prototypes and, if you are willing, provide some feedback on what you think.

***Attendance at the presentation is not required in order to attend the open house, so please feel free to come along to whatever suits your schedule best.

When:  Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Presentation at 13:00-13:30

Open House at 13:30-15:30

Where: CRC Research Suite, 6thFloor, Main Library

Why: In today’s digital world, access to information can be easy to take for granted. However, as proven by the rich stores of information in libraries, archives, museums, and galleries the world over, there exists much more information than we can access online. Not only the sheer volume of analog information, but also the questions and constraints raised by materiality, preservation, and copyright intersect to make access a difficult issue. To make more of our analog information accessible and discoverable online, we must think creatively to develop interfaces and databases that respond to these issues.

The scrapbooks of Scottish Poet Makar Edwin Morgan (1920-2010), which contain over 3600 pages, 52,000 items, and span over 40 years, represent precisely such a rich analog archive of information that is currently not accessible online. The presentation and open house will showcase the prototypical interfaces that our research team has been experimenting with to develop dynamic points of entry into the information held within these scrapbooks and to enable their digital discovery.

Who: This event is open to all, and may be of interest to librarians, archivists, Informatics researchers, and English Literature researchers, among others.

How to book: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/exploring-ephemeral-archives-through-interfaces-tickets-44881969178 

Please feel free to contact Bridget Moynihan with any questions or for more information.

B.Moynihan@ed.ac.uk