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Participatory Digitisation: PSQG Forum 2010



Participatory Digitisation: The 21st Century Archive as Conversation

Participatory Digitisation: The 21st Century Archive as Conversation

Alexandra Eveleigh's presentation at the ARA Public Services Quality Group Forum, 3 November 2010



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  • ‘ The Digitisation Agenda’ Public Services Quality Group Forum 3 November 2010 Alexandra Eveleigh AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Holder UCL Department of Information Studies / The National Archives [email_address] Participatory Digitisation: The 21 st Century Archive as Conversation
  • If digitisation is the answer, what is the question?
  • Delivery “ The idea of the twenty-first century historian sitting in his or her study in Australia calling up files from Kew is perhaps fanciful…” Edward Higgs, Assistant Keeper of Public Records P.R.O. 150 th Anniversary Conference, 1988
    • Significant mass of digitised archives ‘content’ (images)
    • Digital ‘shop windows’ – digital publication & exhibition
    • Questionable sustainability
    • Heavy reliance on short-term grant funding and/or commercial sector
    • ‘ Add-on’ product
    • Poorly integrated into core archival systems / archival context
    • User experience at a remove
  • Status Quo 2.0?
    • Archive Service
    • User
  • Digitisation in the Balance http://www.flickr.com/photos/captkodak/272746539/
  • Enclosure Image courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service
    • One-way access road from supplier to passive recipient
    • Digitised archives silos
    • Stockpiles of high-resolution images
    • Highest bidder wins?
    • Appropriation of IPR over metadata derived from documents in the public domain
    • Proprietary & subject-based presentation platforms
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/2636903303/
  • Collaboration http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffhester/165316370/ Archives Organisation Contributors Information Seekers Co-creators
  • http://www.oldweather.org © Zooniverse 2010
  • National Archives of Australia Series Browser. Thanks to Mitchell Whitelaw http://visiblearchive.blogspot.com/ Creative Culture
    • Internet as a tool for sharing
    • Users as active participants – contributors & co-creators
    • Quality of user experience - personalisation
    • Move away from industrial 'mass' digitisation
    • On-demand access, sharing & re-mixing
    • Users as archives champions – sustainability in-built
    • Policy directions – Archives for the 21 st Century, Big Society etc.
  • Examples of Collaborative Digitisation http://militieregisters.nl/ Digitizing Simplified: http://stadsarchief.amsterdam.nl/stadsarchief/over_ons/projecten/index.nl.html http://www.scanningleague.org/ http://www.flickr.com/groups/nationalarchives
  • http://www.parallelarchive.org/
  • Digitisation Networks http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominocat/7375722 / “ Archives need a dialogue with users over priorities for digitisation to develop a strategic approach that maximises the value of public and voluntary involvement in such work.” Archives for the 21 st Century 3.14