Archivist collect, appraise and ensure the safekeeping and preservation of the contents of archives, artefacts and records of historical, cultural, administrative and artistic interest, and implement systems
for the safekeeping of records and historically valuable documents (ILO, 2018).



Librarians, Archivists and Curators

Librarians, archivists and curators develop and maintain the collections of archives, libraries, museums, art galleries and similar establishments (ILO, 2018).

  • Archivists and Curators
  • Librarians and Related Information Professionals
  • Archivist
  • Art gallery curator
  • Museum curator
  • Records manager

Background Information

Cultural institutions, such as museums, are increasingly using artificial intelligence to support the effective management of cultural artefacts, display and interpret contents / manuscripts. The use of this technology, based on machine learning, allows for the fast and effective search and storage of documents by specific elements such as entities, places and dates. It also allows the relation of documents by interpreting their content and relate them to specific user inquiries. Moreover, these systems support the smart recovery of documents of any format to support decision processes as they unfold and information needs are felt.


The Google Cultural Institute created the software, X Degrees of Separation, which integrates a database of artwork images and artefacts of museums around the world; its main feature is the selection and comparison of images, eventually identifying the transformations occurring from one image to the next one, in this way performing a semantic interpretation of images.

Transkribus is a machine learning software that interprets handwritten documents and transcribes them to a digital form. The software manages and interlinks the digitalized documents. It can also associate images with text, expanding the interpretation of the text. 

Artificial intelligence is also used in deciphering of the Voynich manuscript (illustrated codex handwritten in an unknown writing system). Researchers from University of Alberta used computerized reasoning to interpret segments of the original manuscript, utilizing a method called algorithmic decipherment to uncover the basic, scrambled dialect. This manuscript, regularly called the world’s most mysterious book, comprises of about 240 pages of mysterious content written in a multifaceted, obscure dialect, joined by abnormal charts and delineations. While the document remains mostly indecipherable, some advances were made by the use of the system.

Digitization of precious archives have been a staple of government and non government programs for years and that plethora of resources are accessing the web through platforms like the Degital Public Library of America, thus requiring less physical interactions with library customers.

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