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Web 2.0 and Archives
Web 2.0 and Archives
Web 2.0 and Archives
Web 2.0 and Archives
Web 2.0 and Archives
Web 2.0 and Archives
Web 2.0 and Archives
Web 2.0 and Archives
Web 2.0 and Archives
Web 2.0 and Archives
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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.

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

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  • 1. Introduction to Web 2.0 for Archives
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Questions Get in touch k.king@archives.gla.ac.uk 01505 328488 More examples available http://www.webwatchingforarchivists.blogspot.com

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