High-profile digital curation conference to come to MediaCityUK

Categories: School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

In the world of big data and the unprecedented expansion of the digital universe, the stewardship of assets through Digital Curation is gaining increasing importance.

On 6-9 September the University of Salford’s Digital Curation Lab at MediaCityUK will open its doors to the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts 2020 conference (DRHA2020).  

Digital Curation has become ubiquitous on a scale ranging from large digital preservation programmes to individual citizen curation projects that often involve collaborations between professionals and enthusiasts.

Curation in the context of Contemporary Art is closely aligned with Digital Curation skills; while a grounding in contemporary art marking is essential, of course, the ability to understand the contemporary media ecology within which the works are created, exhibited, documented, and preserved is equally relevant for contemporary art curators.

Similarly, in Performance there is an interest in curation of emerging formats, or immersive documents including social media and augmented/virtual reality, as well as perspectives relating to the motivations, needs and aspirations of readers or audience members who might engage with such document.

In focusing on this evolving area, DHRA 2020 mirrors the purpose of the Digital Curation Lab at the University of Salford in its theme of Situating Digital Curation: Locating Creative Practice and Research between Digital Humanities and the Arts.’ 

Conference co-convenor Dr Toni Sant said: “The Digital Curation Lab was established at MediaCityUK in 2019 to facilitate research on the collection, preservation, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of digital assets and technologies of memory at the University of Salford.

“Digital Curation aligns with interest in Digital Heritage, Digital Forensics, Digital Preservation, and Digital Archives. We are welcoming proposals for papers, presentations, provocations, workshops, and other interventions on this theme for the 2020 DRHA conference.”

The deadline for abstracts is 1 March 2020 – applications can be made online. Registration for the conference will open in May.

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