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Mission, ethics and open media


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Talk given as part of "Problem of Open Media" session at Association of Moving Image Archivists conference, St. Louis, November 7, 2009.

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Mission, ethics and open media

  1. 1. Mission, ethics and open media AMIA Conference Sat, Nov 7, 2009 St Louis Suzanne Fischer Curator of Technology The Henry Ford Dearborn, MI [email_address] @publichistorian
  2. 2. thf <ul><li>Henry Ford Museum </li></ul><ul><li>Greenfield Village </li></ul><ul><li>Benson Ford Research Center </li></ul><ul><li>Ford Rouge Factory Tour </li></ul><ul><li>Henry Ford Academy </li></ul><ul><li>~26 million items </li></ul>Photo by gruntzooki on flickr
  3. 3. National Council for Public History Code of Ethics <ul><li>1. Public historians should serve as advocates for the preservation, care, and accessibility of historical records and resources of all kinds, including intangible cultural resources. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Public historians should carry out historical research and present historical evidence with integrity. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Public historians should strive to be culturally inclusive in the practice of history and in the presentation of history. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Public historians should be fully cognizant of the purpose or purposes for which their work is intended, recognizing that research-based decisions and actions may have long-term consequences. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Public historians should maintain a conscious regard for the interpersonal dynamics inherent in historical practice. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. American Association of Museums Code of Ethics <ul><li>“ Museums in the United States are…organized as public trusts, holding their collections and information as a benefit for those they were established to serve …. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The distinctive character of museum ethics derives from the ownership, care, and use of objects, specimens, and living collections representing the world's natural and cultural common wealth. This stewardship of collections entails the highest public trust and carries with it the presumption of rightful ownership, permanence, care, documentation, accessibility, and responsible disposal .” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. John Cotton Dana <ul><li>“ Surely the function of the public…museum is the making of life more interesting, joyful and wholesome...” </li></ul><ul><li>The Gloom of the Museum , 1917 </li></ul>LOC
  6. 6. Gratia Countryman <ul><li>“Schools and libraries [and museums and archives] are not luxuries in a democracy.” </li></ul>Minnesota Historical Society
  7. 7. <ul><li>Powerhouse photos </li></ul>Link
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  9. 9. Something thf is doing Link
  10. 10. It’s about users/visitors
  11. 11. <ul><li>Slides and notes from this presentation will be available at </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks! </li></ul>