The Center for Information as Evidence (CIE) is based in the UCLA Department of Information Studies (UCLA's iSchool) and was founded in 2005. Since then it has served as a locus and partner for numerous research and development projects supported by funders such as the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. It has also sponsored or co-sponsored pioneering research symposia such as The Antonym of Forgetting: Global Perspectives on Human Rights Archives (2014), Affect and the Archive (2015), Displacement, Diaspora and Documentation (2018) and [Dis]memory, [Mis]representation, & [Re]figuring the Archival Lens: Kenneth Karmiole Symposium on Visual Archives (2018).
If you are interested in affiliating with CIE, or in collaborating on a research project, symposium or other activity, please email Anne Gilliland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Begun in 2009 with funding from the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI) today is a collaborative global effort among academic institutions to support the growth of a new generation of academics in archival and recordkeeping education and research who are versed in contemporary issues and knowledgeable of the work being conducted by colleagues. The initiative promotes state-of-the-art in scholarship in Archival Studies, broadly conceived, and encourages curricular and pedagogical innovation in archival education locally and worldwide.
AERI is engaged in a number research and infrastructure building initiatives as well as annual week-long summer Archival Education and Research Institutes (AERIs) that are hosted by partner institutions. These working Institutes are designed to strengthen education and research and support academic cohort-building and mentoring. The Institutes are open to all academic faculty and doctoral students working in Archival Studies as well as to others engaged in archival education and scholarship, both nationally and internationally. We provide scholarship support to certain categories of attendees, particularly students and junior academics, to the extent that funds are available.
A second component of this effort is the encouragement of a larger and more diverse cohort of doctoral students in Archival Studies through the Emerging Archival Scholars Program (EASP) begun in 2011 with funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. EASP seeks to promote state-of-the-art in scholarship in Archival Studies, broadly conceived, as well as to encourage curricular and pedagogical innovation in archival education locally and worldwide.
AERI Director: Anne J. Gilliland, Department of Information Studies, UCLA
Emerging Archival Scholars Program (EASP):
Anne J. Gilliland, UCLA, PI
Tonia Sutherland, Assistant Professor, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, co-PI
Kelvin L. White, Associate Professor, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Oklahoma, co-PI
The Refugee Rights in Records (R3) Initiative encompasses multiple research and education projects led by researchers at UCLA and elsewhere investigating contemporary and historical concerns faced by those who have been forcibly displaced and diasporic populations with regards to records and recordkeeping, and documentation and memory more broadly.
Anne J. Gilliland, PI, Professor, UCLA Department of Information Studies
James Lowry, Co-PI, Lecturer, Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies (LUCAS)
Begun in 2008, this project aims to:
Using primarily ethnographic methods it probes personal, professional and literary attitudes towards, and experiences with recordkeeping. It applies the insights thus gained to enhance how recordkeeping systems, processes, metadata, interfaces and end user services might better protect individuals who continue to be vulnerable because of how records or metadata have been created, kept, destroyed, manipulated or shared; to facilitate how individuals locally and in diaspora need to locate and use [particular] records in support of their daily lives and well-being; to help individuals to identify other sources of evidence and build cases when records have been destroyed or damaged, or are not trustworthy; and to acknowledge and mitigate damaging affective aspects of records and recordkeeping.
Anne J. Gilliland, PI, Department of Information Studies, UCLA