Web 2.0 and Archives


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Presentation given at the Society of Archivist's Scottish Group meeting in Hawick on 25 September 2009.

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Web 2.0 and Archives

  1. 1. Introduction to Web 2.0 for Archives
  2. 2. What is Web 2.0? Its not: • just a buzzword • a revolution • all about technology • just for teenagers It’s a state of mind • Be open • Encourage participation • Provide good user experience
  3. 3. Benefits of participating Web 2.0 approach and tools can give an archive: • Increased awareness of collections • Varied access points • Diversification of users • Improved relationships & links in the sector • Additional information about collections • New dynamic ways to engage The era of control is over: You can either stay in the bunker, or you can jump out there and try to participate, to not participate is criminal. - Ed Dilworth, Wired Magazine Archives have extraordinary content and the ability to touch real people = a duty to engage and share Why participate? Vs
  4. 4. Web 2.0 Technologies Flickr Use to: • Share digital images • Collect images • Collect comments • Link to your official site Example: ArchivesOnFlickr Wikis Use to: • Capture user knowledge • Add value • Give users a forum • Revise catalogues safely! Example: Your Archives
  5. 5. Web 2.0 Technologies Podcasts Use to: • Share recordings with wider audience • Record talks, instructions for using archive and audio transcriptions of documents Example: TNA - Podcast Series Videos Use to: • Share films and digital media • Connect with different user base • Allow reuse of material • Provide information and instructions Example: National Library of Scotland - NLofScotland
  6. 6. Blogs Are websites with frequently updated posts, links to other sites and reader comments Use to: • Communicate • Host online exhibits • Collection of the month or Whimsy (Mustaches of the 19th Century) • Highlight treasures • Transcripts of diaries or letters (George Orwell / Robert Burns) • Subject based (Business Archives Scotland) • Share news about your repository (British Cartoon Archive) • Document the processing of a collection (John Murray Archive)
  7. 7. Twitter (microblogging) Use to: • Similar to blogs but shorter posts • Share news • Tweet letters, diaries, postcards • Answer user queries Examples: • Edwardian postcard project at Lancaster University tweets excerpts from postcards in their collection.. • West Yorkshire Archive Services are using twitter as a news service
  8. 8. Blogs: a tale of 2 blogs Glasgow University Archive Services • Part of larger library services blog • Focus on publicising events, websites, launches and projects • Encourage staff to post about personal experiences or research interests • Stats since May: 4950 views, 86 in total (24 from archives) Ballast Blog • Organisational blog about our collections and working life • Focus on images • Only archivist posting at present • Stats since May: 641 views, 45 posts
  9. 9. How to find your way? Think • What do you want your blog to do? Make time • Commit to regular blog posts • Take time to learn what other organisations are doing Create an organisational identity • This allows multiple members of staff to work on it and is more ”official” Make the internet work for you • Create a start page • Use bookmarks
  10. 10. Let the Internet do the work • Different accounts available (igoogle, netvibes, bloglines) • Allow you to collate news feeds, blogs, twitter comments, bookmarks, flickr, articles • Pushes content to you in one place for comment or action • Saves time • Make it a part of your daily routine Create a “start page”
  11. 11. Questions Get in touch k.king@archives.gla.ac.uk 01505 328488 More examples available http://www.webwatchingforarchivists.blogspot.com