The city archive of Speyer @ Web 2.0Hello, my name is Elisabeth Steiger and I ´m here to represent the city archive of Speyer.The city of Speyer is one of the most important historical cities in Germany. It´s placed in thefederal state of Rheinland-Pfalz in the south-west of Germany near the French border. Itsmost striking feature is the Speyer-cathedral, the biggest preserved Romanesque church ofthe world. As a roman foundation, Speyer is one of the oldest cities of Germany and fromthe year 600 it was the center of the Speyergau. In the middle-age, Speyer was a free cityand one of the most important cities of the holy roman empire of the German nation.It´s not surprising, that in cause of these basics the archive of Speyer is the oldest localarchive in the Pfalz-region. The oldest document, which we keep in our archive, is adocument of the emperor Friedrich 1st Barbarossa from the year 1182. The archive of Speyeris one of the oldest departments in the city. It suffered some casualties in the early modernperiod. Nevertheless it is one of the most important local archives because of its bighistorical meaning. The archive of Speyer has not only a big historical importance. In 2011 we started anintensive Web 2.0-presentation of our archive. With this kind of exposure we are one of thefew archives in Germany, which are concerned with social media. To provide wide interestsin the World Wide Web, we use platforms like Slideshare, Twitter,Flickrand Facebook.By a continuous usage and actualization of these platforms, we reach various audiences. Sowe have an considerable enlargement of our group of interest. This can be proved also bystatistics.On the one hand we create a big public relation, on the other hand we give thepossibility to follow professional purposes by joining discussions of specific topics via blogsor forums. The traffic is outstanding!Within the DFG-Project (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), so called “Virtuelles DeutschesUrkundennetzwerk”, which means “Virtual German document network”, all of ourdocuments have been digitalized.Since one week you can see them on the Monasterium-Homepage.So you have the possibility to check our documents on the Internet. Consequentbenefits are the mercy of the documents and the possibility for users, who can´t visit ourarchive, to work with our documents. The initiator of the project, the director of the Speyer-archive Dr. Joachim Kemper, started it in view of a digitization of all Germancharters.
Because of all these engagements we try to cater for more transparency and to create ourarchive more open. So we can touch a bigger category of interest and we can establishourselves openly.In this coherence, cooperation with other archives our museums for example plays a bigrole. Thereby, cogitations and plans can be implemented more rapid. So these kinds of“Networking”-conferences and a regular substitute of information are basic. Along theselines the convention so called “Offene Archive” which means “Open Archives” will take placein November 2012. It will have a reference to the issue “Web 2.0”, it will be practicallyorientated and it will refer to the German language area.All these innovations in our archive, but also the future plans and intentions turn on onecommon base, which makes sure, that they can be effectuated: One Network that connects.At this point ICARUS plays an important role for the archive of Speyer. Due to the fellowshipon ICARUS and also as a associated member for example by the ENARC-Project we considerourselves in a network, which makes it possible to realize our future plans in Web 2.0-issues.Induced by putting our documents online, by social media and especially by networking withother archives we create together a number of exposable and open archives, where peoplework transparent. Therein we see the future and the continuance of all archives.Concerning to these issues, in Germany is a big need on commitment necessary. So we seeus as a “frontrunner” in Web 2.0-matters and it pays: The response was great from thebeginning and increases more and more.