On 7th September 2022, Danilo Giglitto presented part of the research carried out within the PICCH project at the 2022 Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) conference. The conference was held at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.
The talk, titled "Silenced voices from the archives: Colonialism in British anthropological films", engaged with the Silenced Voices theme of the conference by proposing a critical postcolonial framework to identify the colonial traces in these films and the reuse that has been made of them: the anthropologists’ subjectivity, external perception, state of exception, authenticity and filmcraft, use and reuse and reproduction of colonial bias.
On the 1st of June, a poster presentation by Danilo Giglitto, Rinella Cere, and Daniela Petrelli was shown at the 2022 Eye International Conference . The talk illustrated the steps undertaken to reach a critical reading of a sample of the anthropological films hosted at the Pitt Rivers Museum’s digital archive, their past univocal interpretation, as well as proposed a theoretical framework for uncovering the colonialist bias in anthropological audio-visual material.
The talk can be watched at this link: https://youtu.be/RVeFW7H9SzI
On the 27th of April, the Olso team, composed by Ying-Hsang Liu and Pia Borlund, presented at the ASIS&T 24-Hour Global Conference. The talk, titled "Supporting Diverse User Groups of Archives for Open Dialogue in Digital Humanities", focused on preliminary results of the pop-up questionnaires about the users of the digital archives object of study of the PICCH project, who they are, their information needs, and underlying their tasks for searching findings stemming from an user research.
The PICCH researcharch team is pleased to share the open access book, entitled Information and Knowldge Organisation in Digital Humanities: Global Perspectives and co-edited by Prof. Kora Golub and Dr Ying-Hsang Liu, has recently been published by Routledge. From the perspective of Information Science, Liu is a Senior Researcher researching people's information search in the cultural heritage collections on the OsloMet research team (together with Profs. Pia Borlund and Nils Pharo). This book attempts to bridge the gaps between the studies of information and knowledge organisation in Information Science and the broader areas of digital humanities.
This book covers the application of the organisation of information and knowledge tothe topics of interest in Digital Humanities, with a particular emphasis on the cnnections between research and practice. The chapters have applied the techniques of machine learning, knowledge graphs, text analysis, text annotations and network analysis. Other topics covered include: semantic technologies, conceptual schemas and data augmentation, digital scholarly editing, metadata creation, and user interfaces for browsing in cultural heritage collections. Since the purpose of the PICCH project is to facilitate a dialogue between the archives and a variety of users, including archivists, researchers, filmmakers, and grassroots organisations, this work complements the project by highlighting the importance of information and knowledge representation and its application to practices in cultural heritage collections.
As part of the PICCH project that aims to identify key instances of digitised colonial audio-visual heritage across the three archives involved in the UK, Netherlands and France, the Oslo team is initiating user studies of the three archives in question: The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the French Institut national de l’audiovisuel and Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, UK.
The team’s actual planning of the user studies takes place via Zoom like many other activities in these corona times. The user studies focus on who the users are, their information needs, the underlying reasons and purposes for consulting the archives, and whether the users struggle to find relevant material in the archives. The studies are challenged by a limited time frame and three different national locations which have influenced the ways by which the studies are undertaken. The main ways of data collecting will be a short online questionnaire to be followed up with in-depth interwiews with the users. We expect to meet among others archivists, activists, researchers, media professionals, students and teachers – we will see. In due time we will share findings on the blog.
All the best from the Oslo team, Nils Pharo, Ying-Hsang Liu, and Pia Borlund.