day 1

Monday, 26 August

Pierluigi Feliciati together with Stefano Piagliapoco (directyor of the FGCAD post-degree Master of the University of Macerata) opened the summer school presenting the University of Macerata as a complex learning environment. Mr. Piagliapoco made a strong point for the need of the University to reinvent itself through the digital humanities new inroads.

ADA 2013 opening

Milena Dobreva and Gabriela Ivacs brought focus on the first summer school held last year in Budapest. One important idea to be taken into the context of the next days is that a process of practice exchange between the cultural institution has started and we are able to see the results.

Gabriela Ivacs gave the attendants a vision of the school. Every year there will be a different location and the school will have a different director. One of the aims is to establish a community capable of exchange different practices their daily work made them key actors in changing the whole field.
One of the objectives of the school is highlighting the role of the archives in the data curation life cycle. Starting from this context the aim is for the school to give insight upon the policies that are meant to shape up the future.

A view of the future, Milena Dobreva and Gabriella Ivacs presentation

Thomas Aigner (ICARUS – brought the field of archives in focus and one of the most important ideas he offered us is that of extending the aria of contributions into the general public realm. There is the place for unexpected information, a place for continuous endowments. Indeed, this is a need that archivists need to open up to. They cannot cover all ground in a ever changing mixed world. Another powerful ideea is the dimple fact that through digitization, the information is freed.
In the digital age the customers of an archive become partners. Indeed, this is a very powerful idea. Establishing the so called “alternative partnerships ” – “make use of the power of the crowd!”

Enrico Natale ( ) – Digital History, Change of practice or epistemical revolution. What digital history might mean?enrico natale presentation

“Digital history,as opposed to analog history, describes a sense of discontinuity in the practice of history in relation with the media”.
One of the interest ideas put is how historical evolution of mankind was conditioned by how the knowledge was abstracted in the form of the book.

Pierluigi Feliciati primed the attendants for thinking their group efforts in terms of setting policies. Some questions are to be taken into account:

  • challenges: do we need to acquire new skills? Do we need a new curricula?
  • We need to look at continent-level projects.
  • What does it mean to listen to the neighbour sectors opinions?

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