TRACES ON THE ARCHIVE— a Hybrid Lecture Player

Christina Kral —  July 22, 2015 — Leave a comment
The Dewline Newsletter II/3 ("The End of Steel and/or Steal: Corporate Criminality Vs. Collective Responsibility" (Nov-Dec 1969)) which included the famous card deck

The Dewline Newsletter II/3 (“The End of Steel and/or Steal: Corporate Criminality Vs. Collective Responsibility” (Nov-Dec 1969)) which included the famous card deck

A Hybrid Publishing Consortium research report
by Simon Worthington and Christina Kral


A research case study focused on traces on the archive, revealing the hidden journey of a user through an archive, based on the Marshall McLuhan collection at the McLuhan Salon, Canadian Embassy, Berlin. The case study by the Hybrid Publishing Consortium (HPC), investigates the future of publishing and user engagement with museums, archives and libraries. HPC is dedicated to Open Source software development and enabling cross-media interoperability.

In the following case study we examine the lengthy video documentation of an insightful lecture by the historian and curator Graham Larkin, held at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin during 2011, and unpack its sections and layers to transform them into a hybrid lecture that allows new access to the lecture in revealing and exciting ways. The lecture is a perfect fit for our case study as it uniquely covers Marshall McLuhan’s extensive, experimental and avant-garde media practice that usually goes unnoticed next to McLuhan’s theoretical oeuvre. It is also a perfect example for tracing a scholar’s personal journey through an archive – in this case, Graham Larkin’s journey through the Marshall McLuhan fonds in Library & Archives Canada, Ottawa.

Please read the full article on the HPC newly launched Research Viewer, an experimental research and publication tool developed by the hybrid publishing consortium.

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