January 23, 2022

New Article: “Machine Learning, Archives and Special Collections: A High Level View”

From a New Article by Dr. Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Published on the International Council of Archives Blog:

This brief  article is an attempt to provide some reasonably sober and concrete sense of what actual and relevant changes might occur within the next decade or so, without  going into technical details, and what these changes might  imply for the practices  of archives and special collections, or cultural memory organizations more broadly.


One of the great, largely unexplored challenges for cultural memory organizations is the extent to which it is advantageous to “customize” or specifically train machine learning on individual collections – an individual’s handwriting, as opposed to Victorian copperplate script broadly; or the set of family members that might likely appear in a collection of photographs. Creating these training sets will be expensive, and the cost and workflow trade-offs will be critical.

Read the Complete Article (1282 words)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.