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Recordings from 'The Power of a Photograph: Collecting and Digital Preservation in Times of Social Change' now available!

We are pleased to share the news that recorded presentations are now available for our recent event, ‘The Power of a Photograph: Collecting and Digital Preservation in Times of Social Change'. This online event was co-organised by the Digital Repository of Ireland and the National Archives, Ireland and was held via Zoom on 16 June 2020. We were thrilled to be joined by over 80 audience members for the event and hope that, by sharing the recordings, we can help even more of you to enjoy and learn from the presentations at your own convenience.


‘The power of a photograph, preserving Ireland’s contemporary heritage’ by Della Keating and Joanna Finegan, National Library of Ireland.

In this presentation, Della Keating and Joanna Finegan ask: ‘what will we know about the present in 100 years’ time if an important aspect of Irish culture is not preserved now?’. They highlight the power of a photograph and briefly discuss some of the challenges and issues around their long-term preservation, particularly in the digital world. They also discuss the work of the National Library of Ireland in preserving Ireland’s contemporary heritage in digital form, highlighting the Yes Equality Visual Digital Archive of photographs commissioned for the marriage equality campaign as well as the NLI Selective Web Archive which is a rich resource for visual content.

Recorded presentation, via Vimeo.

Slideshow, via Slideshare.

‘Cambridge University Library’s COVID-19 Collection’ by Caylin Smith, Digital Preservation Manager at Cambridge University Library. 

In this presentation, Caylin Smith argues that ‘the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. As with any historic moment, it is crucial to capture a record of the events as they unfold'. Cambridge University Library has created a new collection to ensure there is a record of how the Collegiate University and the wider Cambridge community are experiencing life during the pandemic. The talk asks: ‘How are people coping with changes to their daily lives and what are the ways this period has impacted work, social activity, and leisure? How are people illustrating this period through photographs, artworks, online, and in other formats?’ This talk highlights the importance of collecting materials about the COVID-19 pandemic both at Cambridge and in a wider context. It also describes the acquisition, curation, and appraisal process for how this collection was and continues to be developed during a time that has greatly impacted our day-to-day life and work.

Recorded presentation, via Vimeo.