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Archives, Collections & Access: Guidance for Researchers at the University of Edinburgh

Black, Suzanne; Otty, Lisa; Edgson, Geoffrey

For many researchers working with archives and collections the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the use of online research practices. Some have been unable to physically access collections they planned to use. Many have had to adapt their methods, learning new tools and processes, and even rethink research questions and whole research projects. Researchers have always had to work within time, resource and access limitations. However being prompted to rethink methods, practices and processes offers a chance for reflection. Pivoting to working remotely and digitally with archives and data collections will involve continuities and ruptures as changing methods of accessing primary materials come with both challenges and opportunities. This document provides high-level guidance on remote working with archives and collections, and contains case studies focused on the recent experience of researchers working on archival projects. It is written for researchers, primarily those working at the University of Edinburgh, and identifies the methodological, practical, technological, legal, ethical and accessibility considerations that are likely to arise, and provides an overview of some of the tools, resources and support available.

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