Exploring Strange New Worlds: Archives TNG

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Presentation on the impact of using Web 2.0 technologies in a small municipal archives, given at the Association of Canadian Archivists' conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 2010.


<ul><li> 1. Exploring Strange New Worlds:Archives TNG Amanda Hill Deseronto Archives&amp; Hillbraith Ltd.</li></ul> <p> 2. Double cream impossible to source in Ontario $1.20 3. Except at Thanksgiving and then its expensive! $4.99 4. Family heirloom solution to the problem of no cream 5. Cultural heritage institution with information about this object. Would like to find out more 6. 7. Subscription-only service 8. Perhaps I can find the item at the institutions own website? 9. 10. Perhaps not 11. Have to use academic credentials to get access 12. 13. Restrictive licensing means I cant share the image. The description of the object is inaccurate (and no response was received to a suggested correction). 14. User experience </p> <ul><li>Frustration </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Difficulty of getting to the item in first place </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Not being able to share the item with a wider audience </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Being ignored when attempting to improve information attached to the item </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 15. User requirements </p> <ul><li>Easy access to materials, direct from search engines </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Raises profile of collections </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Ability to share items with others </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Free promotion of repository </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Good public relations </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Ability to help improve descriptions </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Better metadata! </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 16. Image by Stuart Davis of Trek Art (fromhttp://www.xs4all.nl/~dassel/wall/1701-d-wallpaper.jpg) Isnt that going to be expensive and complicated to do? 17. </p> <ul><li>Total annual budget: $11,000</li></ul> <ul><li>Staff: 1 part-time archivist (0.2 FTE) </li></ul> <ul><li>Open 6 hours a week </li></ul> <ul><li>Limited IT infrastructure &amp; support </li></ul> <ul><li>Collection rich in images </li></ul> <p>Deseronto ArchivesTricorder image fromhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mountsutro/4434140820/ 18. Deseronto 19. Seeking new civilizations </p> <ul><li>Sep 2007:Gmail &amp; Google Calendar account for Archives </li></ul> <ul><li>Oct 2007: Blog set up </li></ul> <ul><li>Jan 2008: Flickr account opened </li></ul> <ul><li>Jul 2008: Moved to Pro Flickr account </li></ul> <ul><li>Jan 2009: Began tweeting </li></ul> <p>$47.99 20. Basic usage statistics </p> <ul><li>1,062 images on Flickr </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>41 images with comments </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>156 images favorited </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Over 50,000 views </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>60 blog posts, 4 pages </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>53 comments </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>223 tweets</li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>107 followers </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 21. Impact (more interesting!) </p> <ul><li>Comments and notes from users </li></ul> <ul><li>Collaboration with users</li></ul> <ul><li>New accessions </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>virtual, digital and tangible </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>New creative works </li></ul> <ul><li>Funding for new projects</li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>and a trip to Halifax </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 22. 23. 24. 25. Unexpected meeting in London with donor of images 26. Creativity </p> <ul><li>15 year-old using the images as a source of inspiration for a virtual railway project </li></ul> <ul><li>Virtual guided tour of Deseronto using Flickr geo-location of images </li></ul> <p> 27. 28. 29. Walking tour 30. Financial impact </p> <ul><li>$4,000 in 2009 for digitisation from Town of Deseronto </li></ul> <ul><li>$20,000 recently received for About Deseronto, a new community-created site</li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>75% from Ontario Ministry of Culture </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>25% from Town of Deseronto </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 31. Disadvantages? </p> <ul><li>Too Much Information: personal details added to a blog post (quickly taken down) </li></ul> <p> 32. 33. Things to consider </p> <ul><li>Security/portability of images and metadata from cloud services </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Have backup copies </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Possibility of vandalism/inappropriate content </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Vigilance important (incidence negligible so far) </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 34. In Conclusion </p> <ul><li>Overall, benefits of sharing have far outweighed any disadvantages </li></ul> <ul><li>Its possible to have a big impact without having a big budget </li></ul> <p> 35. http:// portland.craigslist.org /forums/?act=Q&amp;ID=134617845 36. </p> <ul><li>www.flickr.com/deserontoarchives </li></ul> <ul><li>deserontoarchives.wordpress.com</li></ul> <ul><li>twitter.com/DeserontoArch </li></ul>