Journal article Open Access

"So how do we balance all of these needs?": how the concept of AI technology impacts digital archival expertise

Cushing, Amber L.; Osti, Giulia

JSON-LD ( Export

  "inLanguage": {
    "alternateName": "eng", 
    "@type": "Language", 
    "name": "English"
  "description": "<p><strong>Purpose</strong><br>\nThis study explores the implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in archival practice by presenting the thoughts and opinions of working archival practitioners. It contributes to the extant literature with a fresh perspective, expanding the discussion on AI adoption by investigating how it influences the perceptions of digital archival expertise.</p>\n\n<p><strong>Design/methodology/approach</strong><br>\nA two-phase data collection consisting of four online focus groups was held to gather the opinions of international archives and digital preservation professionals (n=16), that participated on a volunteer basis. The qualitative analysis of the transcripts was performed using template analysis, a style of thematic analysis.</p>\n\n<p><strong>Findings</strong><br>\nFour main themes were identified: fitting AI into day to day practice; the responsible use of (AI) technology; managing expectations (about AI adoption) and bias associated with the use of AI. The analysis suggests that AI adoption combined with hindsight about digitisation as a disruptive technology might provide archival practitioners with a framework for re-defining, advocating and outlining digital archival expertise.</p>\n\n<p><strong>Research limitations/implications</strong><br>\nThe volunteer basis of this study meant that the sample was not representative or generalisable.</p>\n\n<p><strong>Originality/value</strong><br>\nAlthough the results of this research are not generalisable, they shed light on the challenges prospected by the implementation of AI in the archives and for the digital curation professionals dealing with this change. The evolution of the characterisation of digital archival expertise is a topic reserved for future research.</p>", 
  "license": "", 
  "creator": [
      "affiliation": "University College Dublin", 
      "@id": "", 
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Cushing, Amber L."
      "affiliation": "University College Dublin", 
      "@id": "", 
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Osti, Giulia"
  "headline": "\"So how do we balance all of these needs?\": how the concept of AI technology impacts digital archival expertise", 
  "image": "", 
  "datePublished": "2022-10-20", 
  "url": "", 
  "keywords": [
    "Focus Groups", 
    "Digital Preservation", 
    "Template Analysis", 
    "Artificial Intelligence (AI)"
  "@context": "", 
  "identifier": "", 
  "@id": "", 
  "@type": "ScholarlyArticle", 
  "name": "\"So how do we balance all of these needs?\": how the concept of AI technology impacts digital archival expertise"
Views 24
Downloads 53
Data volume 14.2 MB
Unique views 20
Unique downloads 50


Cite as