Archive Journal, an open access and peer-reviewed online journal, has issued a call for projects and essay proposals for its fourth issue under the theme, “Publishing the Archive.” This issue is guest edited by Anvil Academic, “a scholarly publisher of born-digital and born-again-digital research in the humanities.”
We invite proposals that investigate the possibilities and limits of “publishing the archive.” Projects might include, but are not limited to:
- Development of a specific archive-oriented API along with a narrative account of what the application seeks to achieve.
- Textual and/or multimedia explorations of the challenges and promises of linked data with regard to specific archives, collections, or databases.
- Examinations of the history of archival interoperability (for instance, thinking critically about how the evolution of metadata schemas has led to new archival structures and new ways of linking across archives).
- Analysis, modeling, or development of new modes of presenting archives on the web, including new kinds of searchability, visualizations of data, and capacity for user-driven contributions.
- Analysis, modeling, or development of new tools and platforms for working in archives and collections (e.g., an application that allows scholars to produce research–annotations, essays, or experimentations–in the same space as the cultural artifact).
- Specific discussions not only about what can be published, but about what should be published. That is, in an environment where wholesale digital access is possible, do we need specific parameters for authoritative “editions” of the archive?
- Discussions of how to effectively address copyright restrictions preventing archival material from being published.
- Discussions about what happens to analog archives that do not have a digital presence. Or, related to this: what are the effects of the digital surrogate becoming increasingly de rigueur?
Deadline for proposals is June 3, 2013.