The aim of this paper is to reflect on the factors that impede a clear communication and a more fruitful collaboration between humanities scholars and ICT developers. One of the observations is that ICT-researchers who design tools for humanities researchers, are less inclined to take into account that each stage of the scholarly research process requires ICT-support in a different manner or through different tools. Likewise scholars in the humanities often have prejudices concerning ICT-tools, based on lack of knowledge and fears of technology-driven agendas. If the potential for methodological innovation of the humanities is to be realized, the gap between the mindset of ICT-researchers and that of archivists and scholars in the humanities needs to be bridged. Our assumption is that a better insight into the variety of uses of digital collections and a user-inspired classification of ICT-tools, can help to achieve a greater conceptual clarity among both users and developers. This paper presents such an overview in the form of a typology for the audio-visual realm: examples of what role digital audio-visual archives can play at various research stages, and an inventory of the challenges for the parties involved.

audiovisual content, digital humanities, user requirements
This work was funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme; grant id fp7/269980 - AXES - Access to Audiovisual Archives (AXES)
Erasmus School of Economics

de Jong, F.M.G, Ordelman, R.J.F, & Scagliola, S.I. (2011). Audio-visual Collections and the User Needs of Scholars in the Humanities: a Case for Co-Development. Retrieved from