Exploring the Participatory Archives: Why, What, Who, Where, and Why <br />Kate Theimer<br />Society of American Archivist...
Why are we talking about participatory archives?<br />
Because participatory is sexy now <br />
Because we’re increasingly surrounded by themeven if we don’t call them that <br />
So, what does it mean? <br />
Definition of “participatory culture”<br />Blah, blah, blah . . .<br />Create, not consume <br />
Definition of participatory museum<br />“I define a participatory cultural institution as a place where visitors can creat...
One definition of participatory archives	<br /> “an archive implementing decentralised curation, radical user orientation ...
Proposed: a new definition <br />		Participatory archives<br />An organization, site or collection in which people other t...
What and why are people contributing?<br />“knowledge or resources” <br />“resulting in increased understanding about arch...
Engagement is important <br />
Ways of creating engagement<br /><ul><li>Story
Winning something
Conversation
Sharing and rating
Humor
Inspiring wonder or creativity </li></li></ul><li>Participation requires a higher bar <br />Participation = contribution o...
Why that last phrase? <br />. . .  usually in an online environment<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcwetboy/358566108/<...
So what’s new? <br /><ul><li>Online environment allows for distributed, remote, occasional participation
Harnessing “cognitive surplus” from an almost unlimited pool of people </li></li></ul><li>Who is creating participatory ar...
Who is creating participatory archives? Who is participating? <br />Contributing knowledge<br />
Who is creating participatory archives? Who is participating? <br />Contributing <br />knowledge <br />
Who is creating participatory archives? Who is participating? <br />Contributing resources <br />
Who is creating participatory archives? Who is participating? <br /> Contributing resources <br />
Who is creating participatory archives? Who is participating? <br />Contributing resources <br />
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Exploring the Participatory Archives

  1. 1. Exploring the Participatory Archives: Why, What, Who, Where, and Why <br />Kate Theimer<br />Society of American Archivists <br />August 25, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Why are we talking about participatory archives?<br />
  3. 3. Because participatory is sexy now <br />
  4. 4. Because we’re increasingly surrounded by themeven if we don’t call them that <br />
  5. 5. So, what does it mean? <br />
  6. 6. Definition of “participatory culture”<br />Blah, blah, blah . . .<br />Create, not consume <br />
  7. 7. Definition of participatory museum<br />“I define a participatory cultural institution as a place where visitors can create, share, and connect with each other around content.” <br />Nina Simon, The Participatory Museum, ii <br />
  8. 8. One definition of participatory archives <br /> “an archive implementing decentralised curation, radical user orientation and contextualisation of both records and the entire archival process.” <br />IstoHuvila, Archival Science, 2008 <br />
  9. 9. Proposed: a new definition <br /> Participatory archives<br />An organization, site or collection in which people other than the archives professionals contribute knowledge or resources resulting in increased understanding about archival materials, usually in an online environment . <br />
  10. 10. What and why are people contributing?<br />“knowledge or resources” <br />“resulting in increased understanding about archival materials” <br /> NOT opinions, feelings or artistic creations<br /> NOT to have fun, derive personal satisfaction or increase awareness of archives <br />Participation is different from engagement <br />
  11. 11. Engagement is important <br />
  12. 12. Ways of creating engagement<br /><ul><li>Story
  13. 13. Winning something
  14. 14. Conversation
  15. 15. Sharing and rating
  16. 16. Humor
  17. 17. Inspiring wonder or creativity </li></li></ul><li>Participation requires a higher bar <br />Participation = contribution of knowledge or resources<br />
  18. 18. Why that last phrase? <br />. . . usually in an online environment<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcwetboy/358566108/<br />
  19. 19. So what’s new? <br /><ul><li>Online environment allows for distributed, remote, occasional participation
  20. 20. Harnessing “cognitive surplus” from an almost unlimited pool of people </li></li></ul><li>Who is creating participatory archives? Who is participating? <br />Contributing knowledge <br />
  21. 21. Who is creating participatory archives? Who is participating? <br />Contributing knowledge<br />
  22. 22. Who is creating participatory archives? Who is participating? <br />Contributing <br />knowledge <br />
  23. 23. Who is creating participatory archives? Who is participating? <br />Contributing resources <br />
  24. 24. Who is creating participatory archives? Who is participating? <br /> Contributing resources <br />
  25. 25. Who is creating participatory archives? Who is participating? <br />Contributing resources <br />
  26. 26. Who is creating participatory archives? Who is participating? <br />Contributing resources <br />
  27. 27. Where is this happening?<br /><ul><li>Platform independent
  28. 28. In person and not </li></li></ul><li>And back to why<br /> Why is it important to have this definition? <br /> Why is it important to have this discussion? <br />
  29. 29. For Following up<br />kate.theimer@gmail.com<br />www.archivenext.com<br />

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