When dealing with physical artifacts in the physical world, you have to make hard choices - where to put it, how to use limited space to interpret, etc.
someone has to make those choices: chooser, gatekeeper, interpreter
downstream flow of knowledge (from PUS)
Pendulum swing to wisdom of crowds
Pushed to not include our own metadata as tags - devaluing our own expertise while chasing crowd
We have models of crowd engagement: wikipedia loves art, flickr commons, tagging left and right; however, where&#x2019;s the role of the interpreter or curator in this?
Digitization means more than imaging
NEH grant example
Neither of these is new under the sun; we had indices, and we had published literature. The difference is in scale and volume.
While we&#x2019;re working on the hard problems of digitization, interoperability and collaboration, I want to propose a simple hack that can make our special collections much more visible through both search and conversation.
I figured out a good algorithm or I figured out the best way to roast a chicken or I figured out the best way to avoid speed traps
For close to a year and a half, we&#x2019;ve had a somewhat stealth effort up at nypl.org/blog
Blog as very specific mechanism to get small bits of knowledge into the digital landscape and discoverable.
Youtube ~ 50% viewed on Youtube, ~40 on D*S, ~10% elsewhere
Always some demand for physical; however, digital access is increasingly good enough, and easy digital access will crowd out difficult physical access.
Unless we resurrect the limitations of the physical world in the digital collections we&#x2019;re creating...
Note: Not that artifacts/collections aren&#x2019;t important; they are, but just not identified with institution in the digital space.
The more important resource for the long-term value of a library, museum, archive, etc. is staff expertise.
Staff Expertise in the Networked, Digital Environment
Staff Expertise in the Networked,
Director, Digital Strategy & Scholarship
The New York Public Library