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Eternal Cities?

by on Nov 19, 2009


What are the issues facing communities "being online now"? Sustainability of effort; ...

What are the issues facing communities "being online now"? Sustainability of effort;
continuity of community interest in and investment in online presence; collection
access, use and reuse; attention to past, present and future issues associated with
culture change; old, new and unforeseen audiences; evolving professional practices;
and shifting expectations by all participants. If these issues are all fluid then the crucial factors that need to be allied to "being
online" are exploring, generating, sharing and communicating value as a means of
moving to "living online". How well in a context of such flux does the collecting
sector investigate and articulate the value of being online to its diverse stakeholders,
i.e., the funders, the traditional onsite visitors, the unwitting and geo-spatially out-of- context web surfers, the peers in the collecting sector comprising GLAMs et al, avid e-researchers desperate for digital content to analyse, new media artists wanting to recode, hijack, mash, subvert, squash or fiddle with digital content, kids (of all ages)
wanting to "play with stuff", and the director, etc? If the collecting sector is "being
online" then is there an assumption that the utility value is high, well understood and
managed and can easily progress to a state of "living online" or is there another
perspective of value that needs to be articulated to facilitate this shift from "being
there" to "living there". This presentation takes the history and strategic change in Collections Australia Network as an example of "being online". The 2009 review of its direction, performance and remit ongoing is referenced with a view to investigating what it takes to move from "being online" to "living online".



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