Adam Matthew connects and works with a wide range of researchers, scholars, archivists and community experts on our products, to ensure that each one is informed by expert opinions. We recognise the publishing industryâ€™s responsibility to increase both the diversity of voices involved in the publishing process and those represented in our products, and our own responsibility within this. As part of our mission to better engage and connect with communities in the representation of their histories and experiences, we are working to make our internal processes more transparent and increase the diversity of the voices who advise us.
Working with archival partners
We pride ourselves on our excellent relationships with our partners, many of whom we work with long-term, across multiple projects. From the early project discussions with archives and libraries to software development which brings historical narratives to life , our passionate and dedicated team has a creative outlook and collaborative approach to working with the global education and heritage communities.
We fund digitisation for all the content we seek to include and work with, as well as working with specialists in rare and fragile material to ensure that the physical material is preserved for future use. Adam Matthew works with our archival partners to provide expert advice on enhanced metadata and bespoke indexing. All partner archives receive royalties as remuneration for their contribution, which many use to reinvest in expanding their collections, preservation and digitisation efforts within the archive.
Our bespoke digital archive solution, Quartex, was specifically designed to help showcase, share, and celebrate the digital collections of libraries, archives, and other heritage institutions. Through use of this innovative platform, we are able to work with archives and in engaging their own communities and celebrating cultural heritage collections. Partners such as Des Plaines Public Library are able to use the Quartex platform to engage with and encourage their users and community partners. The platform supports custom metadata schemas and controlled vocabulary management, as well as Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) and autogenerated AV transcription to make archival collections discoverable.
Working with the scholarly community
From our inception, Adam Matthew has been committed to working with experts around the globe to advise and guide us in creating primary source collections. We form Editorial Boards for each collection, comprised of experts from the academic community, archives and heritage communities, who guide us and advocate for the communities represented by the material.
As part of our commitment to increasing the diversity of voices we present, Adam Matthew is dedicated to expanding our editorial boards to ensure that we increase representation and amplify voices of marginalised communities. This will help us ensure that diverse interests and perspectives are represented throughout the creation of our products.
To ensure that Adam Matthew is continually learning from the academic community in which we participate we have formed a number of Advisory Boards to feedback and support the creation of inclusive products. These Advisory Boards work with us to interrogate academic discourse, current scholarship and the dissemination of knowledge. A key aspect of these Advisory Boards is to work with us on ensuring that our products are accessible, sustainable and inclusive. We intend to use the guidance from our Advisory Boards to create toolkits which will guide all our teams in working inclusively in all processes. These toolkits in turn will allow us to create guides for finding marginalised and silenced narratives and voices in our primary source content for our users.
We attend, participate in and support a wide range of conferences, to ensure that we are part of the global academic conversation. In turn we hope that we will be able to use these platforms to share everything we have learned so far, as well as the progress we make in the future and the methodologies that we are use across our products, to ensure that inclusivity at Adam Matthew remains a two-way conversation.
Working with communities across the globe
In order to ensure that we are addressing the needs of a diverse global education and heritage community, Adam Matthew will be consciously building a diverse network of community consultants to partner with us on new projects going forward. Working with the diverse communities that we are looking to represent, these consultants will inform our collections with greater understanding and knowledge about the issues and topics that impact on those communities.
Adam Matthew is also partnering with digital scholarship initiative COVE on the One More Voice project to recover non-European contributions from nineteenth-century British imperial and colonial archives. One More Voice is attempting to offer a critical and systematic evaluation of these rich and diverse materials by using interpretive approaches and digital preservation techniques to expand existing scholarship.
As part of our commitment to enabling and enhancing research opportunities, we work with our archival partners and customers to offer free access to a range of organisations. Our goal is to share the digitised versions of primary source content with not only communities who have created these sources, but also whose narratives are included in or silenced by the sources. Together with our archival partners, we work to determine the best methods for communicating and enabling this access to key communities.
Some examples of our partnerships so far are:
American Indian Newspapers is a collection of print journalism from Indigenous peoples of the US and Canada. It was vital that the communities and tribes who created and featured in these newspapers could view them. We worked with Tribal Colleges, Universities and Museums across the US to set up free access so that researchers could view 200 years of North American Indigenous journalism online.
East India Company tells the story of one of historyâ€™s most powerful trading companies and once de facto ruler of India. It is history from the perspective of the British Empire, and not the millions of people affected by the decisions, strategies and corruption of what began as a simple trading company. The National Archives of India now has free access to all modules, so researchers and scholars in India can view the documents that had a fundamental impact on their country and history.
Ethnomusicology features global field recordings from a variety of researchers. We worked with a number of ethnomusicologists to identify communities and people who contributed to the collection. Free access was then set up in libraries, museums and even peopleâ€™s homes. This has provided an opportunity for those with connections to the recordings to search and browse the material and find their own personal stories within them. For example, individuals have found recordings of their parents and grandparents which they have been able to listen to and connect with. The collections are not only important for academic research but also personal interest.
We have also worked with our customers to enable access to a wider range of researchers and students. Adam Matthew has worked in collaboration with the Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration and Innovation, and the University of Pennsylvania to provide access to a range of digital primary sources for all K-12 schools in the School District of Philadelphia at no cost to the K-12 schools. This collaboration encourages teachers and students across a range of subjects areas to integrate primary sources into learning and building critical thinking skills from an early age.