I am facilitating this workshop at CCA, Glasgow on Tuesday 6 December 2016.
Meta-Data Diaries: Collective Annotation
CCA, Glasgow, Tue 6 December 2016
2pm, free but ticketed
We live among an abundance of digital information. Much of the material stored in the UK’s feminist and women’s archives, however, cannot be discovered due to limited digital description and cataloging.
Within the workshop we will respond to these important challenges by creating detailed metadata entries for artefacts sourced from the Glasgow Women’s Library and the Feminist Archive.
Describing and tagging items, including newsletters, pamphlets, ephemera, magazines and images, will be a catalyst for sharing our archival knowledge.
Generating metadata will be explored as a practical and collective activity that may help the circulation of feminist knowledge in the digital long-term.
Within the workshop we will ask further questions such as:
How can metadata records be written in ways that enable discovery and also adequately describe the artefact the record stands in for? How can ‘different’ kinds of knowledge generated by feminist social movements become inscribed within metadata? How does metadata enable the transmission of archive material, what are its current uses and future possibilities? What categories do we use to describe artefacts in feminist archives? Who is responsible for creating and annotating material stored within them? What digital literacies need to be acquired and widely socialised to ensure that the feminist archive survives and thrives in a digital information environment?
This will be a hands-on workshop and no previous experience is necessary.
Archivists, non-archivists, researchers and people who want to know more about feminist archives are all welcome to take part.