The practical and ethical considerations of digitising Haitian literary archives

Findlay, Fiona (2023) The practical and ethical considerations of digitising Haitian literary archives. MPhil(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Archives in Haiti are in danger from a multitude of threats including natural and manmade disasters, environmental crises, and political unrest. This thesis proposes the creation of an online digital archive for Haitian literary artefacts in an attempt to both preserve these documents and improve their accessibility; it is hoped that in doing so, it will encourage the study of Haitian literature and help to address Haiti’s malignment in the Western sphere. The practical and ethical considerations of such a project are discussed, with issues examined through the lenses of postcolonialism and software engineering in order to make practical recommendations for the archive’s development. Requirements specific to Haiti are discussed in the context of the software development process, with techniques suggested to overcome potential obstacles including accessibility and remote testing. The digitisation process is also examined as well as its application to archival literary materials. We will also consider the limitations of digital representations of physical objects, the role that location plays in an artefact’s significance, and the importance of the oral as well as the written in Haitian cultural representation.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CD Diplomatics. Archives. Seals > CD921 Archives
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > French
Supervisor's Name: Douglas, Dr. Rachel and Grove, Professor Laurence
Date of Award: 2023
Depositing User: Theses Team
Unique ID: glathesis:2023-83406
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2023 11:41
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2023 09:08
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.83406

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