Amsterdam University Press

Book Conservation & Digitization: The Challenge of Dialogue & Collaboration

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 - 17:00

Featuring contributors from the recently-published volume Book Conservation and Digitization: The Challenges of Dialogue and Collaboration, this seminar, organised by the Edinburgh Centre For Data, Culture & Society, will focus on on the challenges and benefits of digitisation projects.

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The transmediation of books and documents through digitization requires the synergetic partnership of many professional figures, that have what may sometimes appear as contrasting goals at heart. On one side, there are those who look after the physical objects and strive to preserve them for future generations, and on the other those involved in the digitization of the objects, the information that they contain, and the management of the digital data.

Surveying a variety of projects and approaches to the challenging conservation-digitization balance and fostering a dialogue amongst practitioners, Book Conservation and Digitization aims to demonstrate that a dialogue between apparently contrasting fields is not only possible, but in fact desirable and fruitful. Only through the synergetic collaboration of all people involved in the digitization process, conservators included, can cultural digital objects be generated, encouraging and enabling new research and widening the horizons of scholarship.

This event will feature Dr. Alberto Campagnolo, along with Prof. Melissa Terras and fellow contributors to this new publication, discussing the issues involved digitisation projects, and how projects can respond to meet these challenges.

This talk will be hosted online via Zoom. To register for free, visit:


  • Prof Melissa Terras
  • Dr Athanasios Velios
  • Mike Toth
  • Catt Thompson-Baum
  • Stefania Signorello

Dr. Alberto Campagnolo (PhD, Ligatus, University of the Arts London 2015) is a trained book conservator and digital humanist. Formerly a CLIR postdoctoral fellow in Data Curation at The Library of Congress (Washington DC), he is now adjunct professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Udine, Italy.

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