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.

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  • 1. Exploring Strange New Worlds:Archives TNG Amanda Hill Deseronto Archives& Hillbraith Ltd.

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

  • Frustration
    • Difficulty of getting to the item in first place
    • Not being able to share the item with a wider audience
    • Being ignored when attempting to improve information attached to the item

15. User requirements

  • Easy access to materials, direct from search engines
    • Raises profile of collections
  • Ability to share items with others
    • Free promotion of repository
    • Good public relations
  • Ability to help improve descriptions
    • Better metadata!

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.

  • Total annual budget: $11,000
  • Staff: 1 part-time archivist (0.2 FTE)
  • Open 6 hours a week
  • Limited IT infrastructure & support
  • Collection rich in images

Deseronto ArchivesTricorder image fromhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mountsutro/4434140820/ 18. Deseronto 19. Seeking new civilizations

  • Sep 2007:Gmail & Google Calendar account for Archives
  • Oct 2007: Blog set up
  • Jan 2008: Flickr account opened
  • Jul 2008: Moved to Pro Flickr account
  • Jan 2009: Began tweeting

$47.99 20. Basic usage statistics

  • 1,062 images on Flickr
    • 41 images with comments
    • 156 images favorited
    • Over 50,000 views
  • 60 blog posts, 4 pages
    • 53 comments
  • 223 tweets
    • 107 followers

21. Impact (more interesting!)

  • Comments and notes from users
  • Collaboration with users
  • New accessions
    • virtual, digital and tangible
  • New creative works
  • Funding for new projects
    • and a trip to Halifax

22. 23. 24. 25. Unexpected meeting in London with donor of images 26. Creativity

  • 15 year-old using the images as a source of inspiration for a virtual railway project
  • Virtual guided tour of Deseronto using Flickr geo-location of images

27. 28. 29. Walking tour 30. Financial impact

  • $4,000 in 2009 for digitisation from Town of Deseronto
  • $20,000 recently received for About Deseronto, a new community-created site
    • 75% from Ontario Ministry of Culture
    • 25% from Town of Deseronto

31. Disadvantages?

  • Too Much Information: personal details added to a blog post (quickly taken down)

32. 33. Things to consider

  • Security/portability of images and metadata from cloud services
    • Have backup copies
  • Possibility of vandalism/inappropriate content
    • Vigilance important (incidence negligible so far)

34. In Conclusion

  • Overall, benefits of sharing have far outweighed any disadvantages
  • Its possible to have a big impact without having a big budget

35. http:// portland.craigslist.org /forums/?act=Q&ID=134617845 36.

  • www.flickr.com/deserontoarchives
  • deserontoarchives.wordpress.com
  • twitter.com/DeserontoArch