1. Digital convergence
Australian War Memorial
Keynote for ALIA,
20 January 2009
Facebook: Mal Booth
(Sorry, but I am going to be provocative.)
3. It is my ongoing belief
that our users will
soon get bored with
They want the stuff.
They expect it to be
And preferably for
5. Why and what we digitise
Increase & broaden Popular collections
access (remote & Fragile & unique
Fragile, valuable &/ at-risk collections
or unique materials
To Support research, priorities
what we have the
future use or re-use right to digitise
Promotion of collections related
collections to collaborative
Preservation of at-
6. Unit War Diaries -
Rolls & lists - 20,857
Other records - 508,846
Records scanned on
demand - 340,946 pp
Photos, art & relics -
Sound - 1,707 titles or
7. Enterprise Content Management:
management, search & web facilities for
digital assets and services
• Extensive digital asset management features
• Excellent electronic document & record
Intuitive web content management features
Facilitate simple and complex workﬂow
Extensive & Federated searching constructs
Compliant with all government recordkeeping
requirements & emerging digital preservation
Integrate easily with existing systems
Simple to administer in terms of security,
auditing & storage management
8. Social media and the Memorial
A major priority for the Memorial for 2008-2011 is to:
Enhance online access through use of emerging web
technologies and improved web content.
Each section had the following statement in its
business plan for 2008-2009:
Appropriate team members identiﬁed and actively
engaged in the development of the Memorial's website
and in opportunities for collaboration and community
engagement, including Web 2.0 activities such as
blogs, wikis, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube...
implemented as appropriate.
9. The Digital Domain
I believe that the digital domain is an
extra dimension that should be fully
integrated to our work. It is our
responsibility to be there.
It should not be seen as the exclusive
domain of strange-looking people who
live only in Second Life and spend too
much time Twittering about rubbish.
10. Our digital footprint
subs & podcasts
11. Librarianship in the
From This To This?
13. A Stream of Digital Consciousness
We need clever imaginative risk-taking
people who don’t know the rules
Copyright: the tail that wags the dog?
Don’t obsess about metadata
Learn by doing (forget doing a course)
Do it yourself or build lasting
Managers: get involved & compromise
Don’t try to replicate analogue processes
Don’t put revenue generation up front
play with Flickr, Flickr Uploadr & iTunes
Is what we do really that hard?
Position yourself to be an innovator
14. Seen recently on Facebook
Someone else: So many research methods to choose
from so little time. Can I just go back to worrying about
which metadata standard I was going to use?
Perian: why don't you research the process of metadata
Someone else: actually that's not far off the mark - but
the question is *how* to do it.
Perian: get a committee. Talk about it for 10+ years.
Publish. Watch a lot of people adopt it initially, then
have it get dumped like a bad date. Listen to the
howling and confusion that follows for the following 10
years. Rinse and repeat.
15. How we are doing it
VALA, Info Online, Brooklyn Museum
By experimenting & playing!
Reading blogs, D-Lib, First Monday, etc.
Some really good people & a cunning plan
(not an MBA in sight)
picking a few “winners” & leading by example
Allowing people to create, engage &
learning continually through participation
By understanding re-use and re-purposing
compromise (the 80:20 rule)
Not leaving ICT (just) to IT-staff
16. start now!
it is sometimes
easier to seek