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Teaching and Learning Multimodal Communications

Alyssa Arbuckle, Alison Hedley, Shaun Macpherson, Alyssa McLeod, Jana Millar Usiskin, Daniel Powell, Jentery Sayers, Emily Smith, Michael Stevens, Authors

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The Metadata of a Digital Archive - Lingering Questions

Applicable to the process of digitizing archival archival material are the issues of materiality and of enactment. Making digital the contents of Brown's archival materials removes a sense of their materiality in the archive. In a sense my manipulation of the scanned images contributes to this  effect. I heightened the contrast and cropped the pictures to make them easier to read. If I go on to provide a transcription of the written material, I am also changing the way we encounter these media: facilitating immersion, perhaps? As mentioned above, I wonder about the process of enactment. How can I best draw attention to the process of  digitization as a transformation of the archival experience?

The Metadata of a Digital Archive
Struggling with the Fields

Author: Jana Millar Usiskin
Word Count: 124

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