Authority and judgement in the digital archive

Alan Dix, Rachel Cowgill, Christina Bashford, Simon McVeigh, Rupert Ridgewell

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The transformative promise of the digital humanities is not without problems. This paper looks at digital archive curation using a database of 19th-century London concerts as a case study. We examine some of the barriers faced in its development, related to expertise, volume and complexity, the gap between cost and benefit, and the desire for an authoritative and complete dataset that forces a particular linear process of curation. We explore the potential for more radical approaches where curation and use are interleaved, and where digitally maintained provenance allows professional judgement to be applied to incomplete, crowdsourced, or automatically processed data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - DLfM 2014
Subtitle of host publication1st International Workshop on Digital Libraries for Musicology, co-located with the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2014 and International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, TPDL 2014
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450330022
StatePublished - Sep 12 2014
Event1st International Workshop on Digital Libraries for Musicology, DLfM 2014 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 12 2014 → …

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Other1st International Workshop on Digital Libraries for Musicology, DLfM 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period9/12/14 → …


  • Concerts
  • Digital archives
  • Digital humanities
  • Ephemera
  • Linked data
  • Musicology
  • Open data
  • Performance history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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