Creating “Communities of
Interest” with Library, Archive,
and Museum Collections
Martin Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Libraries
...
The Competition
Neil Young Archive
• 2.9 million emails/second
• 50 million tweets/day
• 700 billion Facebook
minutes/mont...
We have our unique qualities
• Quantity
• Authenticity
• Curation/Archiving/Cataloging
Agenda
• Brief case studies from the Smithsonian
• Small group workshop
Martin Kalfatovic
kalfatovicm@si.edu, twitter: UDCMRK
Effie Kapsalis
kapsalise@si.edu, twitter: digitaleffie
Darren Millig...
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  • We’re going to being you perspectives from 3 divisions at the Smithsonian; Center for Education & Museum Studies, Smithsonian Institution Archives, and the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

    Martin Kalfatovic, Assistant Director for Digital Services, SI Libraries
    Effie Kapsalis, Head of Web and New Media, SI Archives
    Darren Milligan, Director of Digital Media Projects, SI Center for Education & Museum Studies
  • No longer is it only about Disney and TV, we competing with the rocks stars and number free, bottom-up archives that are easily found online (Flickr, youtube, etc)
    --Disney, Flickr, youtube, wikipedia, tv streaming, Star archives (neil young, Johnny Carson, Brian Mays’ of Queen collection of stereoscopic photos of an English village )
    museum of rescued letters [via swissmiss].

    http://neilyoungarchives.warnerreprise.com/shop/vol1/
    http://blog.photography.si.edu/2010/08/11/beating-hearts/
  • But we know when people dig a little deeper, the richness is found in spades.

    Maryann Belardo is pictured looking through records in the Archives Center's stack area of the National Museum of American History, 1979, by Unknown photographer, Photographic print, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 34, Folder 18A, Negative Number: 2003-19504.
  • Creating Communities of Interest Around Museum Collections Intro

    1. 1. Creating “Communities of Interest” with Library, Archive, and Museum Collections Martin Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Libraries Effie Kapsalis, Smithsonian Archives Darren Milligan, Smithsonian Center for Education & Museum Studies Museum Computer Network 2010
    2. 2. The Competition Neil Young Archive • 2.9 million emails/second • 50 million tweets/day • 700 billion Facebook minutes/month •13 hours/minute video added to YouTube • 2.5 billion photos/month added to Flickr Heartbeat getting recorded at Christian Boltanski's exhibition, by C-Monster
    3. 3. We have our unique qualities • Quantity • Authenticity • Curation/Archiving/Cataloging
    4. 4. Agenda • Brief case studies from the Smithsonian • Small group workshop
    5. 5. Martin Kalfatovic kalfatovicm@si.edu, twitter: UDCMRK Effie Kapsalis kapsalise@si.edu, twitter: digitaleffie Darren Milligan milliganm@si.edu

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