The Future of the Past Research Community | Maryland's iSchool - College of Information Studies - Masters Degree - University Of Maryland

Faculty of Information

Faculty of Information

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Graduate Program

The Future of the Past Research Community

Description

Research that seeks to understand how archives, libraries and museums can impact how we see the future, how we preserve our learning, and how we organize what we know.

Members

June Ahn, Bruce Ambacher, Diane Barlow, Trudi Bellardo Hahn, John Bertot, Jean Dryden, Derek Hansen, Kari Kraus, Doug Oard, Ann Weeks

Ongoing Research

 

  • Understanding copyright practices of U.S. archival repositories in digital environments.
  • Preserving video games, virtual worlds, and variable media art.
  • Defining the heritage and history of library and information science.
  • Creating international standards for digital repositories to ensure preservation.
  • Developing technology for finding/making sense of large collections of e-mail.
  • Developing new service models and social roles for libraries, museums and archives.

 

Examples

Jean Dryden

Aim: To investigate the extent to which copyright impedes access to the holding of cultural heritage institutions.

Research into the copyright practices of U.S. archival repositories in the digital environment--sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Research on how and what information professionals learn about copyright law and the quality of their knowledge.

Kari Kraus

Aim: To study how to preserve video games, virtual worlds and variable media art that have implications for digital preservation.

Preserving Virtual Worlds--sponsored by the Library of Congress. Project partners include the University of Illinois, Stanford, RIT and Linden Lab.

Preserving Virtual Worlds II: Methods for Evaluating and Preserving--sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant.