Hub for AI Research in Archives

Artificial Intelligence in archival appraisal & selection

The Hub for Artificial Intelligence Research in Archives (HAIRA) in collaboration with the International Council on Archives (ICA) will be hosting a 3-day webinar on artificial intelligence in archival appraisal and selection: March 28-30, 2022.  

The event will draw researchers and practitioners in artificial intelligence (AI), archives, and record management to discuss potentials and challenges of using AI for archival appraisal and selection.  

Aside from the presentations, the 3-day webinar will conclude with a working session aimed at developing guidelines that will inform future work on artificial intelligence in archival appraisal and selection.  

This webinar is the first collaboration between HAIRA and ICA 

Registration will be open on March 21st, 2022 until March 25th (noon, CET).  Register Here

For more information Follow us on Twitter @HAIRANews for daily updates.  

This webinar will be delivered in English. Interpretation services in other languages won’t be provided.  


Monday, March 28, 2022- 10:00 am-1:00 pm ET

10:00 am – 10:30 am: The Use of Artificial intelligence in Archives: Potential & Challenges

Speaker:  Anthea Seles, Former Executive Director, International Council on Archives (ICA)/ Artefactual Systems

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Archival Appraisal/Selection & Artificial intelligence

Speakers: Mark Bell, Paul Young, & Santhilata Venkata, The National Archives, UK

 11:00 am – 1:00 pmPanel DiscussionCan AI be used for archival selection and appraisal?

Panelists: Giovanni Colavizza, University of Amsterdam, Anthea Seles & Jenny Bunn

Moderator:  John Roberts, Chief Privacy Officer, Ontario Public Service

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 – 10:00 – 11 am ET

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Historical Biases: Issue for Artificial intelligence for Archival Appraisal/Selection

Speakers: ͣ Lise Jaillant, & ͩ Daniel Foliard ͣ Associate Professor, Loughborough University, UK;   ͩ Université de Paris

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Addressing Selection/Appraisal Biases with Artificial Intelligence

Speaker: Souvick Ghosh, Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator (BSISDA), School of Information of San Jose State University

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 – 10:00 am-1:00 pm ET

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Working Session

Guidelines for the use of AI in archival Appraisal/Selection

Participants: Souvick Ghosh, Julien Schuh, Anthea Seles, Jenny Bunn, Mark Bell, Paul Young, & Santhilata Venkata

Moderator:  Rebecca Y. BayeckFounder Hub for Artificial Intelligence Research in Archives

11:00 am – 11:30 am: Break

11:30 am – 12:45 pm: Working Session Cont’

Guidelines for the use of AI in Appraisal/Selection

 12:45 -1pm. Closing Remarks: Rebecca Y. Bayeck

The webinar on Artificial Intelligence in archival on November 15, 2021. 

Dr. Rebecca Y. Bayeck has been invited to speak at the International Archives Week around  AI and challenging current archival practices. With Dr. Azure Stewart, Dr. Anthea Seles, organized by the International Council on Archives.

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Webinar Description

Artificial intelligence marks a turning point for the records and archives profession, and how we identify, select, preserve and make accessible data and records. The volumes of information and the nature of the digital record mean that we can no longer physically look at, manage, care for or physically handle materials, and digital records require different approaches to help us understand them, AI is one of the mechanisms. Artificial intelligence has the capability to facilitate our work, but it can also entrench the perspectives and biases of our practice. In this webinar, we will introduce a new multidisciplinary and diverse project entitled the Hub for Artificial Intelligence Research as well as challenge the profession to consider its practices and biases moving forward.

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