Woman cleaning her houseWoman running Marion because her first name… doing marathon in each state
Cedar Falls 2014
Anyone got a story?
Flood Remembrance Event
Central City Development of Trail
Where can I find these stories?
Often the answer is:
Only in people’s heads.
Are there options? Yes!
Works to a degree…
But platforms change. Remember …
Others (including Eastern Iowa News) (Try going to
Online content disappears
Web consultant Terry Kuny puts it this way: “There are new
barbarians at the gate. … We are moving into an era where
much of what we know today, much of what is coded and
written electronically, will be lost forever. We are … living
in the midst of Digital Dark Ages.”(Pole)
From: Mary Sharp via
Most content goes unused after 72 hours.
Who has the time to share stories?
Some new skills are needed
Recording a Podcast
Writing a summary of an event
The willingness and interest to share publicly - besides
what we had for lunch. (Power users on social media.)
Where does our history go where it’s accessible?
Behavior (Power users share much. Others not so
Stories Power users
Public space Power users
Owned by the community
People can share stories … no format
requirements. (Audio, video, text all Power users
Questions and other thoughts…
Isn’t that Wikipedia?
Wikipedia doesn’t accept all kinds of stories.
Different, more national level?
Need to define:
What’s in it for me (the end user?)
Connections, history for future generations? Is that enough?
Thoughts? Ideas? Help!