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Let me tell you about my grandpa: <ul><li>jessica sedgwick </li></ul>archivist for women in medicine harvard medical schoo...
Archivists are very busy! … and other limits on archival description
Meanwhile… <ul><li>Archivists are experimenting with “2.0” approaches </li></ul>
Concerns about user-engagement: <ul><li>What is the value? </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of implementation and maintenance </li><...
Study design <ul><li>Content analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Collected publicly-contributed user comments from online archival ...
Online collections examined <ul><li>Keweenaw Digital Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Brown Paper </li></ul><ul><li>Polar...
Data set <ul><li>Total comments collected: 568 </li></ul><ul><li>Breakdown for each site: </li></ul>
Codebook
Results overall
#1 Subject identification Image from Beyond Brown Paper, courtesy Plymouth State University
#2 Providing further information Image courtesy Michigan Tech Archives
#3 Linking to further resources Image courtesy Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
#4 Establishing personal connection Image from Beyond Brown Paper, courtesy Plymouth State University
#6 Correction Image courtesy Michigan Tech Archives
Results compared across sites
Implications <ul><li>Users are willing to contribute, how willing are archivists to let them? </li></ul><ul><li>Considerat...
Encouraging your user community Image and screenshot from Joyner Library Digital Collections, Eastern Carolina University
Authority control Image courtesy Michigan Tech Archives
Searching across comments Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
Incorporating user-contributed content Image from Beyond Brown Paper, courtesy Plymouth State University
Incorporating user-contributed content Image courtesy Michigan Tech Archives
Final thoughts and questions <ul><li>How is user engagement affected by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>format of materials (textua...
Thank you! <ul><li>Complete study available online: </li></ul><ul><li>http://etd.ils.unc.edu/dspace/handle/1901/561 </li><...
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Let me tell you about my grandpa: a content analysis of user annotations to online archival collections

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Examining the characteristics of user engagement with online archival collections via 2.0 tools (specifically, through commenting functions). Also compares results/variances across digital collections that are designed and presented to users differently.

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Let me tell you about my grandpa: a content analysis of user annotations to online archival collections

  1. 1. Let me tell you about my grandpa: <ul><li>jessica sedgwick </li></ul>archivist for women in medicine harvard medical school 13 august 2009 A content analysis of user annotations to online archival collections Image from Beyond Brown Paper, courtesy Plymouth State University
  2. 2. Archivists are very busy! … and other limits on archival description
  3. 3. Meanwhile… <ul><li>Archivists are experimenting with “2.0” approaches </li></ul>
  4. 4. Concerns about user-engagement: <ul><li>What is the value? </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of implementation and maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Loosening our grip on authority control </li></ul>Image from Library of Congress, “1930s-40s in Color” set on Flickr
  5. 5. Study design <ul><li>Content analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Collected publicly-contributed user comments from online archival collections </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzed comments against a set of categories </li></ul><ul><li>Counted each comment toward as many categories as it represented </li></ul>
  6. 6. Online collections examined <ul><li>Keweenaw Digital Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Brown Paper </li></ul><ul><li>Polar Bear Expedition </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Collections </li></ul>
  7. 7. Data set <ul><li>Total comments collected: 568 </li></ul><ul><li>Breakdown for each site: </li></ul>
  8. 8. Codebook
  9. 9. Results overall
  10. 10. #1 Subject identification Image from Beyond Brown Paper, courtesy Plymouth State University
  11. 11. #2 Providing further information Image courtesy Michigan Tech Archives
  12. 12. #3 Linking to further resources Image courtesy Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
  13. 13. #4 Establishing personal connection Image from Beyond Brown Paper, courtesy Plymouth State University
  14. 14. #6 Correction Image courtesy Michigan Tech Archives
  15. 15. Results compared across sites
  16. 16. Implications <ul><li>Users are willing to contribute, how willing are archivists to let them? </li></ul><ul><li>Considerations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encouraging and managing comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintaining clear spaces of authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making user comments searchable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporating user comments into archival description </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Encouraging your user community Image and screenshot from Joyner Library Digital Collections, Eastern Carolina University
  18. 18. Authority control Image courtesy Michigan Tech Archives
  19. 19. Searching across comments Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
  20. 20. Incorporating user-contributed content Image from Beyond Brown Paper, courtesy Plymouth State University
  21. 21. Incorporating user-contributed content Image courtesy Michigan Tech Archives
  22. 22. Final thoughts and questions <ul><li>How is user engagement affected by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>format of materials (textual vs. photographic) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>amount of metadata provided </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Implications for finding aids? </li></ul><ul><li>How to verify accuracy (and why bother?) </li></ul><ul><li>How to encourage and shape user engagement? </li></ul>
  23. 23. Thank you! <ul><li>Complete study available online: </li></ul><ul><li>http://etd.ils.unc.edu/dspace/handle/1901/561 </li></ul>Image from Beyond Brown Paper, courtesy Plymouth State University email: jmsedg@gmail.com twitter: jm_sedgwick Special thanks to The Donald Peterson Student Award Committee

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