Parution : Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Digital Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums represents a new approach to getting started with digital preservation: that of what cultural heritage professionals need to know as they begin their work. For administrators and practitioners alike, the information in this book is presented readably, focusing on management issues and best practices. Although this book addresses technology, it is not solely focused on technology. After all, technology changes and digital preservation is aimed for the long term. This is not a how-to book giving step-by-step processes for certain materials in a given kind of system. Instead, it addresses a broad group of resources that could be housed in any number of digital preservation systems. Finally, this book is about “things (not technology; not how-to; not theory) I wish I knew before I got started.” (En savoir plus sur le site de l’éditeur.)

CfP Negotiating the Web (2016)

The web works thanks to a complex network of programming languages, protocols, softwares and standards. Internet coordinates behaviours of a wide range of actors in space and time. These actors’ interests can be conflicting, and even if they were convergent they couldn’t be conciliated without making any concessions on these languages, protocols, softwares and standards. There is no communication without interdependence, no interdependence without compromises.

The web — what it is and what it does — is constantly negotiated. Hence, social sciences have to find a way to analytically unfold the controversies linked to this complex setting. Understanding these controversies that shape the web, for better or for worse, leads to understanding the web itself. In doing so, one will find itself presented not with a stabilized and reified technology but with a dynamic and confrontational network combining more or less reconcilable (and more or less reconciled) purposes.

What happens within conciliation / negotiations arenas such as the IETF, the W3C, the ICANN ? What disputes and settlements take place outside the bounds of these institutional frameworks? What role do States play? To which extent can multinational corporations decide what is possible to do on the web, imposing their own vision and advocating in favour of their own interests? How are standards and procedures negotiated? Which compromises are made? What oppositions take place? Which recaptures? Which detours and diversions?

This call is an opportunity to draw together empirical studies, as well as theoretical and methodological proposals, from Media and Technology studies, in order to explain how materiality and functionalities of the web are negotiated, and to share a tool allowing to unfold the on-line mediations.

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