Category Archives: Technology for archives

The Future of Archives is Participatory: Archives as Platform, or A New Mission for Archives

This is the talk I gave this morning—by phone rather than in person because of the Lufthansa pilots’ strike—at the Offene Archive 2.1 conference in Stuttgart. It’s also similar to the talk I gave in Oslo a few weeks ago … Continue reading

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“They don’t call it technology; they call it life.”

Social media and digital technology is no longer news; it’s part of the way we live our lives, how we communicate, how business is conducted. Kids use technology to learn in school, to get their entertainment, to compete in the … Continue reading

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Honest tips for wannabe archivists out there

This post was inspired by an exchange on Twitter last week which followed up on a tweet regarding something said at #rbms12 (that’s this year’s meeting of ACRL’s Rare Book and Manuscripts Section).  A conference attendee summarized a speaker as … Continue reading

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Applications for QR codes in archival settings?

This week I’ve been participating as a guest in Kim Anderson’s online course, “Archival Outreach: Programs and Services,” offered through the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The class has been using A Different Kind of Web as … Continue reading

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Video available from Emory University: “Salman Rushdie Discusses Creativity and Digital Scholarship with Erika Farr ” (and also his archives)

Last Friday I learned on Twitter that Salman Rushdie was about to speak at Emory about the donation of his personal papers to the university archives. And due to the energetic livetweeting of Roger Whitson (@rogerwhitson) and Brian Croxall (@briancroxall) … Continue reading

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Making “History & the Web” more concrete

Thanks to all for your excellent comments on the previous post about the possibility of a new History and the Web conference. I’m happy to report that conversations are taking place or will soon take place with a couple of … Continue reading

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New tool to investigate: Recollection from NDIIP

A new tool some archives might want to take a look at–Recollection: “a free platform for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow users to experience your digital collections.” The Recollection project is sponsored by … Continue reading

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More from Ignite

The lovely people who sponsored the Ignite Smithsonian event have now made it possible to view most of the individual talks, including of course, mine, which I wrote about in the previous post. It’s impossible for me to pick out … Continue reading

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“Anthologize” tool released by “One Week, One Tool” program

I’m scrambling like mad to finish up several things before leaving for SAA and so don’t have time to do justice to the release of the Anthologize tool. Essentially, it’s a tool that lets you turn a blog into a … Continue reading

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Starting the AT/Archon Integration Project

As was posted yesterday on the AT site: On behalf of the Archivist’s Toolkit and Archon projects, we wish to announce several activities related to the proposed development of a next-generation archival management tool. These activities will be undertaken this … Continue reading

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