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Humanist Archives: Sept. 8, 2022, 6:55 a.m. Humanist 36.160 - pubs cfp: digitised & born-digital archives

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 160.
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        Date: 2022-09-07 15:26:57+00:00
        From: AEOLIAN Project <>
        Subject: CFP AEOLIAN Special Issue 2: “Applying Innovative Technologies to Digitised and Born-Digital Archives” with ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH)

Dear Network Members,

I would like to remind you of the current Call for Papers for the project’s
second Special Issue: “Applying Innovative Technologies to Digitised and Born-
Digital Archives” with ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH).

Submission Deadline: 30 November 2022

Please see our website: or JOCCH:, for more details.

Scope and Context:
With this Special Issue from the AEOLIAN (Artificial Intelligence for Cultural
Organisations) Network, we want to offer an interdisciplinary forum to explore
the application of innovative technologies, including Artificial Intelligence
(AI), to digital and born-digital archives.

Access to digital archives is essential, but we need to anticipate the moment
when born-digital records will be more accessible. AI and machine learning (ML)
applied to data in libraries and other cultural institutions are at the centre
of current debates. To make sense of this mass of data, new methodologies are
being applied, combining traditional methods in the humanities with data-rich
approaches. These include the application of AI, ML, Natural Language Processing
(NPL), and the automation of traditional archival tasks. Collaborations between
humanities scholars, computer scientists, archivists and other stakeholders are
therefore essential to making digital archives more accessible, but also to
design new methodologies and approaches.

This special issue offers a space to explore innovative technologies applied to
digitised and born-digital archives, focusing on researchers and other users.
Indeed, scholarship has so far privileged record creators and archivists, while
users have been largely neglected. We are interested in studies that explore
these issues through the lens of AI, NLP and computational automation. We are
also interested in qualitative studies of users that resist using such
technologies and turn to more traditional methods such as close reading and
historical analysis. Articles will explore themes such as use, users, impact,
development, testing, evaluation, and co-creation in these archives. We want to
provide a platform where various approaches and practices in using digitised and
born-digital archives and records can come together, leading to innovative

This special issue seeks to bring together a range of disciplines (e.g. digital
humanities, cultural heritage, archival studies, information studies, computer
science), practices and sectors to explore the latest technologies being applied
to digitised and born-digital archives across the globe. We particularly
encourage submissions from professionals in the GLAM sector (Galleries,
Libraries, Archives and Museums).

Topics and Themes:
The issue will appeal to academics and practitioners working in a range of
disciplines, including cultural heritage workers, arts professionals and
scholars interested in issues relating to digital resources and their impact
upon research, curation, education, engagement, and outreach. We invite
submissions of both theoretical and practical approaches, displaying innovative
research and state of the art methodologies, and welcome submissions from early
career researchers.
We seek proposals that address the diverse impacts and applications of AI, ML,
NLP, and computational automation in digitised and born-digital archives. We
also welcome proposals that address the reluctance to engage with computational
methods and the use of more traditional approaches in digital archives.

Topics and issues to be addressed include but are not limited to:
•       Case Studies on innovative technologies applied to digitised and born-
digital archives.
•       Analysis of the status of traditional methods applied to digital
•       Evaluations / Assessments of new technologies and/or digital cultural
•       Addressing user needs and experiences (audiences / skillsets /
•       Models of access to digital collections
•       Collaborative / Interdisciplinary approaches to new technologies /
•       Technology and the curation of digital resources
•       The impact of innovative technologies on working practices with digital
archives / collections
•       Testing new methodologies
•       Updating existing technologies
•       Co-creation / Co-designing new approaches to current issues in digital
•       The application of computational methods to measure digital resource
•       Evaluating the impact of data-rich interventions in archives and
archival objects.

The theme of this Special Issue is informed by AEOLIAN’s activities, workshop
presentations, and discussions held since the launch of the network in February
2021. AEOLIAN is funded by a joint programme between the US National Endowment
for the Humanities (NEH) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in
the UK (more information about the programme can be found here). AEOLIAN is co-
ordinated by UK PI Dr Lise Jaillant (Loughborough University) and US PI Glen
Layne-Worthy (University of Illinois). Our Project Partners include the National
Library of Scotland; the National Library of Wales; the Wellcome Collection; the
History of Parliament Trust; Harvard’s Houghton Library; Yale’s Digital
Preservation team and Music Library; Indiana University Libraries; University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries; Educopia; Frick Collection (NYC).

This special issue arises from the work of the AEOLIAN Network but invites
submissions from all researchers and cultural heritage practitioners working in
the area.

Paper submission:
Research Papers submitted to this special issue for possible publication must be
original and must not be under consideration for publication in any other
journal or conference. Previously published or accepted conference papers must
contain at least 30% new material to be considered for the special issue. Papers
should be between 10 and 20 print pages, or 5,000–10,000 words. Accepted papers
will be published in the ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage. Papers
will be reviewed following the journal’s standard review process. Please follow
the format instructions for the journal ( All
manuscripts must be prepared according to the journal publication guidelines
which can also be found on the website provided above.

All papers are to be submitted at .

Paul Gooding (University of Glasgow, UK)
Lise Jaillant (Loughborough University, UK)
Katherine Aske (Loughborough University, UK).

Submission deadline: 30 November 2022
First Author Notification: February 2023
Revised papers expected: March 2023
Final acceptance notification: May 2023

Please address inquiries to Paul Gooding:<>


Best wishes,

Katie Aske and the AEOLIAN Team

Dr Katherine Aske (she/her)
Research Assistant, AEOLIAN<> and
AURA<> Projects.
Postdoctoral Fellow for EyCon<> (Visual AI and
Early Conflict Photography).
School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Loughborough University

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