Public history in the digital age

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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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Public history in the digital age

  1. 1. Public history in the digital age Claudine Chionh University of Melbourne linux.conf.au, January 2009
  2. 2. This talk Founders and Survivors: Transportation to Van Diemen’s Land ◮ Goulburn Valley local history ◮
  3. 3. ‘Professional’ and ‘amateur’ historians
  4. 4. Founders and Survivors http://www.foundersandsurvivors.org/
  5. 5. Archival sources
  6. 6. Extending the archive
  7. 7. Goulburn Valley local history
  8. 8. WikiNorthia Collaborative history of Melbourne’s northern suburbs http://www.wikinorthia.net.au/
  9. 9. Why MediaWiki? Success of Wikipedia ◮ API ◮ Extensibility ◮
  10. 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. 11. Gedcom 0 @I1@ INDI 1 NAME Bob /Cox/ 1 SEX M 1 FAMS @F1@ Convert to SQL or XML?
  12. 12. Ownership Who owns collections? ◮ Who owns historical interpretations? ◮ Who reads the fine print anyway? ◮
  13. 13. Contact claudine@chionh.org Photo credits Goulburn River ◮ http://www.flickr.com/photos/outbj/241042582/

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