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Public history in the digital age - Claudine Chionh

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AUTHOR: CLAUDINE CHIONH …

AUTHOR: CLAUDINE CHIONH

Public history is a field that seeks to return the study and interpretation of history to the wider community. While 'professional' historians with academic training may be involved, public history is largely focused on and driven by 'amateurs' – genealogists, local history societies and others who collect and collate sources and interpret and present them for a general audience. The increased use of the internet in recent years has created new opportunities for opening up sources and archives to the world, and for collaboration and public presentation of historical research. In this presentation I will describe two projects that aim to collect and publish historical sources on the web and to work with local and family historians to maintain these as dynamic historical resources.

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  • 1. Public history in the digital age Claudine Chionh University of Melbourne linux.conf.au, January 2009
  • 2. This talk Founders and Survivors: Transportation to Van Diemen’s Land ◮ Goulburn Valley local history ◮
  • 3. ‘Professional’ and ‘amateur’ historians
  • 4. Founders and Survivors http://www.foundersandsurvivors.org/
  • 5. Archival sources
  • 6. Extending the archive
  • 7. Goulburn Valley local history
  • 8. WikiNorthia Collaborative history of Melbourne’s northern suburbs http://www.wikinorthia.net.au/
  • 9. Why MediaWiki? Success of Wikipedia ◮ API ◮ Extensibility ◮
  • 10. Culture No matter how simple something looks, someone will find it ◮ difficult Fear of new technology ◮ Lack of awareness of privacy and copyright issues ◮ Role of public libraries ◮
  • 11. Gedcom 0 @I1@ INDI 1 NAME Bob /Cox/ 1 SEX M 1 FAMS @F1@ Convert to SQL or XML?
  • 12. Ownership Who owns collections? ◮ Who owns historical interpretations? ◮ Who reads the fine print anyway? ◮
  • 13. Contact claudine@chionh.org Photo credits Goulburn River ◮ http://www.flickr.com/photos/outbj/241042582/