CAFe Speaker Series: 10 Ways AI Will Change Archives

Event Start Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - 4:00 pm

Event End Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - 5:00 pm

Location: Virtual / Zoom EST


AI is here, but how it will change archives and the work of archivists is still unclear. In this talk, we will discuss:

  1. The many ways AI will make your texts more accessible
  2. How AI will be used for describing and recommending items
  3. How that accessibility and detailed description will demand better and more nuanced search
  4. New ways to interact with archival collections, from conversational search bots to easier analysis of historical data sets

The speakers are the creators of FromThePage, a crowdsourcing and collaboration platform for transcription and metadata enhancement. As enthusiastic technologists, they have been exploring and experimenting with AI for years, but even more over the last year.


Sara Brumfield is a partner at FromThePage, where she builds software and helps state and national archives, research groups, public libraries, and universities run crowdsourcing projects. Prior to FromThePage, Sara spent 17 years as a software engineer with IBM. She led development and support teams focused on system and network management products, serving as a focal point for large enterprise customers. She holds eight technical patents. She has a BA in Computer Science and the Study of Women and Gender from Rice University.

Ben Brumfield founded the cultural heritage crowdsourcing platform FromThePage in 2005 and has been covering developments within crowdsourced manuscript transcription since 2007. Over the past decade, FromThePage has been used by libraries, archives, and museums to transcribe material ranging from Arabic scientific manuscripts to Aztec codices. Prior to FromThePage, he spent eleven years leading software development teams building fundraising and constituent engagement solutions for non-profit clients at Convio, Inc. He has presented on the intersection of technology, crowd-sourcing, and digital editions at the American Historical Association, Society of Southwestern Archivists, Digital Humanities, the American Library Association and SXSW. He has a BA in Computer Science and Linguistics from Rice University.

Speaker(s): Ben Brumfield and Sara Brumfield


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