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Radical Shared History Online Portal Work Session

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This session presented at the 2017 Allied Media Conference brought attention to the fact that people continue to connect across the globe at an alarming speed. Now the possibility of using technology to connect the countless stories manifested in community archival materials feels like a click away. This dinner meetup brought together a small group of community archival repositories, archivists, developers, designers, and potential users such as researchers, artists, and educators to discuss and imagine different projects that could result in online digital archives portals.

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Radical Shared History Online Portal Work Session

  1. 1. Imagining A Radical History Digital Online Portal Originally presented at the 2017 Allied Media Conference
  2. 2. Hello! Hola! I am Itza Carbajal I am here because I believe in sharing community stories and the power of connecting across time, space, place, and ideas. You can look me up at: www.itzacarbajal.com
  3. 3. Ground Rules 1. Discussions here should stay here 2. Questions & concerns should be brought up, but kept focused 3. Everyone continues to learn - do not assume anyone’s skill(s) 4. If someone doesn’t know, ASK if you can help 5. Words can exclude, so if you use jargon explain it 6. I am also not the expert - question and challenge me
  4. 4. 1. Introductions and Grounding
  5. 5. What does it mean to share ◎ Could be solution/approach to scarcity ◎ Ethics of care ◎ Equal understanding of what is being given & shared ◎ An act of connecting ◎ Ethical sharing = meant for a specific set of eyes ◎ Physical AND non physical sharing ◎ Could be contrasted with concept of “sharing” economy ◎ Redistribution of resources ◎ From one person/group to another Bulletpoint notes provided by session attendees at the 2017 Allied Media Conference
  6. 6. Why is sharing desirable or not ◎ Place no longer matters in online portal ◎ Digital objects can be vulnerable & have risks ◎ Could result in lack of control (online portal versus in person ◎ Can result in materials not hidden anymore ◎ Brings attention to materials/awareness of items ◎ Reduces proprietary models ◎ Helps more people ◎ Authorship is called into question ◎ If contributing freely, agreements are necessary ◎ IP (intellectual Property) given away = sometimes only thing owned by owner ◎ Monetizing portal/collection can be problematic ◎ Sharing may open up doors to exploitation Bulletpoint notes provided by session attendees at the 2017 Allied Media Conference
  7. 7. What are “traditional” archives? ◎ Physical ◎ Store “something” ◎ Preserve “something” ◎ Create access for use ◎ definitions/understandings can change between user types AND archivists (practitioners) ◎ Has a scope & purpose ◎ There is curation (intention) of putting things together ◎ Can be defined by what is acquired Bulletpoint notes provided by session attendees at the 2017 Allied Media Conference
  8. 8. What are digital archives ◎ Collection of digital objects ◎ Can be shared across various places ◎ Preservation questionable ◎ Collection with intention ◎ Definition can also change according to user type AND archivist (practitioner) What is the Post-Custodial Model ◎ Continued ownership by the community (usually of physical items) ◎ Copies are placed in archives and usually accessed digitally Bulletpoint notes provided by session attendees at the 2017 Allied Media Conference
  9. 9. What are community archives ◎ Include accountability ◎ Rooted in a community ◎ Centered and owned by a community ◎ Crucial partner in creation ◎ Sometimes created because of exclusion in traditional archives ◎ Shared ownership Bulletpoint notes provided by session attendees at the 2017 Allied Media Conference
  10. 10. What is an online portal ◎ Bring together digital objects onto one website ◎ Can include digital copies of books, artworks, photography, journals, newspapers, music, sound recordings, film, maps, diaries and letters, as well as archived websites ◎ Create online access across places ◎ Allows unlimited access with less physical barriers ◎ Descriptive metadata also included with each type of digital object Bulletpoint notes provided by session attendees at the 2017 Allied Media Conference
  11. 11. 2. Scan the environment
  12. 12. What is already out there? Plateau Peoples’s Web Portal It is a gateway to Plateau peoples' cultural materials held in multiple repositories. Created on CMS called Mukurtu. Includes limitations on what each visitor can see depending on status. Tribal administrators defined the categories through the materials. New Mexico's Digital Collections Central search portal for digital collections about New Mexico. The University of New Mexico University Libraries hosts New Mexico Digital Collections. Chicana por mi Raza The project proposes both the collection of documents related to this Chicana history. Project seeks to address the problem of scattered materials by identifying key figures, conducting oral histories with them, and digitizing their archives on site. Latin American Digital Initiatives Takes a post-custodial approach to archival collaboration, and aims to build capacity within partner institutions in areas such as digitization, preservation, arrangement, description, and access, while maintaining partners’ collections in their original context.
  13. 13. Plateau Peoples’s Web Portal A collaboration between the Spokane Tribe of Indians, the Confederated Tribes Of The Colville Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation and Native American Programs at Washington State University. It is a gateway to Plateau peoples' cultural materials held in multiple repositories including WSU's Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections, the Northwest Museum of Art and Culture, the National Anthropological Archives and the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution. The materials in the Portal have been chosen and curated by tribal representatives. Each item has one or more records associated with it as well as added traditional knowledge and cultural narratives to enhance and enrich understanding to many audiences. http://plateauportal.libraries.wsu.edu/
  14. 14. New Mexico Digital Collections Is the central search portal for digital collections about New Mexico. It provides access to digitized photographs, manuscripts, posters, oral histories, videos, maps, and books from libraries, museums, and cultural centers across the state. The University of New Mexico University Libraries hosts New Mexico Digital Collections. The collections originate from the University of New Mexico and from other New Mexico cultural heritage institutions. These collections contain documents, photographs, maps, posters, art and music. http://econtent.unm.edu/
  15. 15. Latin American Digital Initiatives (LADI) A collaboration between LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas Libraries, and Latin American partner institutions to preserve and provide access to unique archival documentation from Latin America, with an emphasis on collections documenting human rights, race, ethnicity, and social exclusion in the region. Utilizes the Post-Custodial approach to allow the creator to retain custody of the archives, but helps in managing the records so that they can be transferred in good condition when AND IF the timing is right. http://ladi.lib.utexas.edu/Home
  16. 16. Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective Represents a group of historians, educators, researchers, archivists and technologists dedicated to preserving imperiled Chicanx and Latinx histories of the long Civil Rights Era. The project proposes both the collection of documents related to this history— photographs, posters, correspondence, written material (both published and unpublished), ephemera—and the development of a flexible user interface that can allow users, both professional and novice, to access these materials through interactive timeline and mapping utilities. http://chicanapormiraza.org/
  17. 17. 3. creation & work flow
  18. 18. What does a workflow look likeDevelop the scope of the portal (collection) Identify Partners Identify funding or funding model Identify Web Developing Strategy Work on role tasks Designate Project Roles Test the project Incorporat e Feedback Put it to work
  19. 19. 4. Digital tools
  20. 20. Tools for the workflow Communications ◎ Slack ◎ Google Drive ◎ DebateGraph ◎ Trello ◎ Asana Scheduling ◎ Doodlepoll ◎ Asana Documentation ◎ Quicktime ◎ EZVid ◎ TinyCake ◎ Ice Cream Screen Recorder Use of Coding Languages/Skills ◎ Github ◎ The Sourcecaster ◎ Lynda Reading/Resource Gathering ◎ Zotero ◎ Brat Rapid Annotation Tool Publishing Online ◎ Scalar ◎ Ghost ◎ Medium Managing Metadata ◎ Omeka ◎ Adobe Bridge ◎ Archivists’ Toolkit Content Management Systems ◎ Drupal ◎ Omeka ◎ Joomla ◎ Mukurtu
  21. 21. 4. Activities
  22. 22. Review shared portal projects and similar projects
  23. 23. Your Contribution
  24. 24. Round Robin Roles Match Making
  25. 25. Brainstorm Project Workflow
  26. 26. Thanks! Any questions?

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