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date: 01 December 2022

COVID-19 and Digital Archives in Latin America1locked

COVID-19 and Digital Archives in Latin America1locked

  • Ian Kisil MarinoIan Kisil MarinoUNICAMP
  •  and Thiago Lima NicodemoThiago Lima NicodemoUNICAMP

Summary

Historians devoted to telling the story of the COVID-19 pandemic should question the archival conditions involved. In this article, we approach the archival landscape in Latin America in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, which particularly unfolded in the digital environment. First, we suggest a review of archival digitization in Latin America, providing context for the conditions observed during the pandemic. Second, we discuss the emergence of digital memory initiatives that focused on COVID-19, showing typological relations that may arise from transnational analyses. Accordingly, we dive into some Brazilian archival initiatives with major ethnographic rigor since, in addition to closely representing the reality of the region, they provide us with a more accurate immersion into the agents, platforms, and challenges of this pandemic digital undertaking. Lastly, we point out the complex situation of public archives amidst the mass of documents resulting from the pandemic. This way, we pose questions about the increasingly important interface between history, archives, and a policy for transparency of data.

Subjects

  • History of Brazil
  • History of Latin America and the Oceanic World
  • Digital Innovations, Sources, and Interdisciplinary Approaches
  • International History
  • Science, Technology, and Health

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