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Exploring Strange New Worlds:  Archives TNG Amanda Hill Deseronto Archives  & Hillbraith Ltd.
Double cream impossible to source in Ontario $1.20
Except at Thanksgiving – and then it’s expensive! $4.99
Family heirloom solution to the problem of no cream
Cultural heritage institution with information about this object. Would like to find out more…
 
Subscription-only service
Perhaps I can find the item at the institution’s own website?
 
Perhaps not…
Have to use academic credentials to get access
 
Restrictive licensing means I can’t share the image. The description of the object is inaccurate (and no response was rece...
User experience <ul><li>Frustration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulty of getting to the item in first place </li></ul></ul>...
User requirements <ul><li>Easy access to materials, direct from search engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Raises profile of col...
Image by Stuart Davis of Trek Art (from  http://www.xs4all.nl/~dassel/wall/1701-d-wallpaper.jpg  ) Isn’t that going to be ...
<ul><li>Total annual budget: $11,000  </li></ul><ul><li>Staff: 1 part-time archivist (0.2 FTE) </li></ul><ul><li>Open 6 ho...
Deseronto
Seeking new civilizations <ul><li>Sep 2007:Gmail & Google Calendar account for Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Oct 2007: Blog s...
Basic usage statistics <ul><li>1,062 images on Flickr </li></ul><ul><ul><li>41 images with comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Impact (more interesting!) <ul><li>Comments and notes from users </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with users  </li></ul><ul...
 
 
 
Unexpected meeting in London with donor of images
Creativity <ul><li>15 year-old using the images as a source of inspiration for a virtual railway project </li></ul><ul><li...
 
 
Walking tour
Financial impact <ul><li>$4,000 in 2009 for digitisation from Town of Deseronto </li></ul><ul><li>$20,000 recently receive...
Disadvantages? <ul><li>Too Much Information: personal details added to a blog post (quickly taken down) </li></ul>
 
Things to consider <ul><li>Security/portability of images and metadata from ‘cloud’ services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have ba...
In Conclusion <ul><li>Overall, benefits of sharing have far outweighed any disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>It’s possible t...
http:// portland.craigslist.org /forums/?act=Q&ID=134617845
<ul><li>www.flickr.com/deserontoarchives </li></ul><ul><li>deserontoarchives.wordpress.com  </li></ul><ul><li>twitter.com/...
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Exploring Strange New Worlds: Archives TNG

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Presentation on the impact of using Web 2.0 technologies in a small municipal archives, given at the Association of Canadian Archivists' conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 2010.

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Exploring Strange New Worlds: Archives TNG

  1. 1. Exploring Strange New Worlds: Archives TNG Amanda Hill Deseronto Archives & Hillbraith Ltd.
  2. 2. Double cream impossible to source in Ontario $1.20
  3. 3. Except at Thanksgiving – and then it’s expensive! $4.99
  4. 4. Family heirloom solution to the problem of no cream
  5. 5. Cultural heritage institution with information about this object. Would like to find out more…
  6. 7. Subscription-only service
  7. 8. Perhaps I can find the item at the institution’s own website?
  8. 10. Perhaps not…
  9. 11. Have to use academic credentials to get access
  10. 13. Restrictive licensing means I can’t share the image. The description of the object is inaccurate (and no response was received to a suggested correction).
  11. 14. User experience <ul><li>Frustration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulty of getting to the item in first place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not being able to share the item with a wider audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Being ignored when attempting to improve information attached to the item </li></ul></ul>
  12. 15. User requirements <ul><li>Easy access to materials, direct from search engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Raises profile of collections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ability to share items with others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free promotion of repository </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good public relations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ability to help improve descriptions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better metadata! </li></ul></ul>
  13. 16. Image by Stuart Davis of Trek Art (from http://www.xs4all.nl/~dassel/wall/1701-d-wallpaper.jpg ) Isn’t that going to be expensive and complicated to do?
  14. 17. <ul><li>Total annual budget: $11,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Staff: 1 part-time archivist (0.2 FTE) </li></ul><ul><li>Open 6 hours a week </li></ul><ul><li>Limited IT infrastructure & support </li></ul><ul><li>Collection rich in images </li></ul>Deseronto Archives Tricorder image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/mountsutro/4434140820/
  15. 18. Deseronto
  16. 19. Seeking new civilizations <ul><li>Sep 2007:Gmail & Google Calendar account for Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Oct 2007: Blog set up </li></ul><ul><li>Jan 2008: Flickr account opened </li></ul><ul><li>Jul 2008: Moved to ‘Pro’ Flickr account </li></ul><ul><li>Jan 2009: Began tweeting </li></ul>$47.99
  17. 20. Basic usage statistics <ul><li>1,062 images on Flickr </li></ul><ul><ul><li>41 images with comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>156 images ‘favorited’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 50,000 views </li></ul></ul><ul><li>60 blog posts, 4 pages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>53 comments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>223 tweets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>107 followers </li></ul></ul>
  18. 21. Impact (more interesting!) <ul><li>Comments and notes from users </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with users </li></ul><ul><li>New accessions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>virtual, digital and tangible </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New creative works </li></ul><ul><li>Funding for new projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>and a trip to Halifax… </li></ul></ul>
  19. 25. Unexpected meeting in London with donor of images
  20. 26. Creativity <ul><li>15 year-old using the images as a source of inspiration for a virtual railway project </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual guided tour of Deseronto using Flickr geo-location of images </li></ul>
  21. 29. Walking tour
  22. 30. Financial impact <ul><li>$4,000 in 2009 for digitisation from Town of Deseronto </li></ul><ul><li>$20,000 recently received for ‘About Deseronto’, a new community-created site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>75% from Ontario Ministry of Culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25% from Town of Deseronto </li></ul></ul>
  23. 31. Disadvantages? <ul><li>Too Much Information: personal details added to a blog post (quickly taken down) </li></ul>
  24. 33. Things to consider <ul><li>Security/portability of images and metadata from ‘cloud’ services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have backup copies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Possibility of vandalism/inappropriate content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vigilance important (incidence negligible so far) </li></ul></ul>
  25. 34. In Conclusion <ul><li>Overall, benefits of sharing have far outweighed any disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>It’s possible to have a big impact without having a big budget </li></ul>
  26. 35. http:// portland.craigslist.org /forums/?act=Q&ID=134617845
  27. 36. <ul><li>www.flickr.com/deserontoarchives </li></ul><ul><li>deserontoarchives.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>twitter.com/DeserontoArch </li></ul>

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