Abstract of presentation to be given by Michael Moss and Tim Gollins

The Future Digital Archive and Sensitivity Review

Professor Michael Moss and Dr.Tim Gollins,  Session 1

We will look at the four elements in the archival process, appraisal, sensitivity review, curation and access. We will argue that analogue practice will not transfer seamlessly to the digital world, for several reasons – information is now produced on an industrial scale, it is rarely stored in any semblance of order, demand from users is changing radically and there are emerging computational tools that make the analysis of bulk data simple. Michael will provide an introduction and highlight why the challenge of digital sensitivity review is the most immediate of the threats to openness in the transition from analogue to digital. Tim will describe the overall challenges in digital sensitivity review and highlight initiatives and approaches that may begin offer a long term solution to one of the biggest obstacles to release of contemporary data into the public domain.

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