Research in the digital humanities at the Department of ALM focuses on digital cultural heritage with a special emphasis on user engagement and participation, digital preservation, digitisation and digitalisation. The research concerns itself principally with the digitisation of cultural heritage materials and how digital and digitised heritage are produced in the interplay between people, technologies, digital and non-digital material and diverse forms of use, organisation, documentation and preservation. From a thematic perspective, the researchers working at the Department of ALM work with materials ranging from scientific illustrations and research data to photographs, catalogues, metadata, museum objects and videogames.
ALM-focused digital-humanities research at the department inquires into how digitisation within said institutions functions as a knowledge producing enterprise, how different stakeholders engage with digital and digitised cultural heritage and, for example, what epistemological implications digitalisation carries for humanities and social science research.
Research at the Department of ALM also takes an interest in methods and method development including the issue of how digital methods affect the accessibility and usability of archive, library, and museum collections. Research at the department also explores the interplay between digital cultural heritage and its makers, users and the possibilities, and the problems and challenges that participation of diverse stakeholder groups and, for instance, crowdsourcing of cultural heritage, metadata and other cultural heritage information present for ALM institutions and their users.
Another strand of digital-humanities research present at the department focuses on collective memory-making in online and offline environments and its underpinning social practices and technological premises. This research does takes interest in the ethical and epistemological and ontological problems of merging community heritage with institutional collections in the archive, library, and museum sector.
The Department of ALM offers the two-year international Master Programme in Digital Humanities and The Digital Humanities Blog, and also hosts DH Uppsala, a university-wide digital humanities research network.
Following researchers at the department work on topics related to the theme:
- Olle Sköld
- Tobias Berglund
- Amalia Juneström
- Ulrika Kjellman
- Ina-Maria Jansson
- Christer Eld
- Inga-Lill Aronsson
- Kerstin Rydbeck
- Isto Huvila