Archives and records

Ethical Access to Music Time in Africa

UMSI professor Paul Conway will lead a project to digitize and disseminate Leo Sarkisian Archive materials ethically. The project focuses on the preservation and dissemination of music, scripts and broadcast recordings from the Voice of America radio program Music Time in Africa, including field recordings made beginning in the early 1960s. Co-principal investigators include Kelly M. Askew, U-M professor of anthropology and Afroamerican and African studies, and UMSI clinical associate professor David A. Wallace. Shannon Zachary and Robert McIntyre of U-M Library will also work on the project.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection at Michigan: Preserving, Accessing, and Preparing for Digitization

UMSI Associate Professor Paul Conway is collaborating with Kelly Askew, associate professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies and the founding director of U-M’s African Studies Center, to continue a project that is preserving and preparing for digitization the Leo Sarkisian Collection of African Music.

Identifying barriers to and enablers of successful projects

Online access to data, computational tools, and resources can be invaluable to researchers, whether it’s offered in a format called a science gateway, portal, or hub. Nevertheless, funding for the ongoing development and maintenance of gateways is far from guaranteed. This prompted the question, "What makes one science gateway more successful than another?" 

Community, memory, and ethical access to music from The Ark and the African field

UMSI professor Paul Conway proposed this project to build and test a prototype content-management platform to digitize and preserve sound recordings of live musical performances. UMSI professor David Wallace will be working with Conway on this project, as will Kelly Askew, a professor in the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse (DIPIR)

The DIPIR project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences and led by Dr. Ixchel Faniel and Dr. Elizabeth Yakel. Together with partners at The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, and Open Context, they study data reuse in three academic disciplines to identify how contextual information about the data that supports reuse can best be created and preserved. 

Development of the Science Gateway Institute (SGW-I)

Katherine Lawrence, researcher at the School of Information, is participating in a project funded by the National Science Foundation to plan a Science Gateway Institute. This institute would offer a complete range of services aimed at connecting numerous individual groups developing domain-specific, user-friendly, Web-based portals and tools that enable scientific research.

Engaging communities to foster internships for preservation and digital curation

The University of Michigan School of Information and several partners engaged in a three-year project to support course development facilitating the translation of learning between “real world practice” and the classroom, a series of digital curation/preservation administration internships, and a Digital Curation/Preservation Educators’ conference.

Archival metrics and user evaluation for government archives

This project aligned with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s (NHPRC) strategic goal to promote the dissemination and use of historical records. The project developed tools by which grant-making organizations can access the impact of archives upon users and fostered a culture of assessment among the repositories that are the custodians of our public records.


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