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a 3-D virtual world created by its users, also known as residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by millions of residents from around the globe. It offers a platform for communication, business, and education.
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Thursday, December 04, 2008
My fellow bloggers, distinguished readers, newcomers and loyalists, mobile readers and RSS feeders, I welcome you all to the State of the Blogosphere Address.
Ladies and gentlemen, tonight I am here to tell you that the State of the Blogosphere is strong.
But, I hasten to add, it requires our constant vigilance.
When I look upon this great blogosphere of ours, I see dark clouds of change on the horizon. I see the status quo in peril; I see business-as-usual facing tremendous turmoil.
For there are those in the blogosphere right now proposing Archives 2.0, an ideology that runs contrary to our way of life.
We will suppress them.
Furthermore, there are rogue blogs and rogue bloggers in the blogosphere who are determined to shake up our beloved and guarded status quo. There are three blogs in particular written, edited and designed by one individual.
These three blogs—arch.i.vi.us, The DIGITAL Archive, and Archives*Open—constitute an Axis of Archivists that threaten the very soul of the status quo that we so dearly cherish.
Most of you have heard about the mayhem these first two blogs have caused. Take arch.i.vi.us, for example, a cheap imitation of delicious.com, its mission and stated goals are to aggregate information and to inform archivists about digitization and digital preservation. This is a tragedy of unprecedented scale.
We will suppress them.
Furthermore, take a look at The DIGITAL Archive, a front organization that takes readers to the front lines of archives and technology and beyond, and boasts provocatively of making things last longer since 2005. Such obscenity has never been heard of before.
We will suppress them.
The worst offender of them all, however, is Archives*Open, a new cabal so sinister it actively solicites contributions from readers—archivists who want to promote their exciting archival projects—and attempts to form community and collaboration – buzzwords for large-scale, global ideological subversion.
Archives*Open must not launch; must not gain support, for even the tiniest of support will embolden our enemies and further the march towards change.
My fellow bloggers: We will suppress th--.
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Wednesday, December 03, 2008
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After some thought (and editing), I believe I nailed down a more simplified description:
The DIGITAL Archive focuses on the Web and its impact on information professionals in libraries and archives..and anyone anywhere fascinated by the Web...I eliminated the long list of web-related technologies, such as new media and social web technologies, and special topics, such as digitization and digital preservation, in favor of something more brief, succinct. However, I removed these words only for the sake of brevity.
For me, the Web (Web 2.0) covers all these areas - from digitization to social networking - and all the areas yet to be developed.
I still want to focus on the impact of these technologies on information professionals in libraries and archives, so that remains intact.
However, when I write, whether on the topic of technology or personal matters such as opinions on the archival profession, I have a type of reader in mind: It is someone who is not necessarily a librarian or archivist but simply someone who is enthusiastic about the Web, fascinated by technology, and whose vocabulary does not include the words "It can't be done" or "That's impossible" in regards to thinking or doing things differently.
Finally, I often fool around with The DIGITAL Archive's tag line. This week it is:
It's my digital archive, in TechnicolorWell, it is my digital archive, in color. When I blog, I do not write on behalf of any institution or archival association. I avoid archival public policy issues because, quite frankly, I do not know enough on the subject. As writers in other fields suggest, write what you know about, and that's what I try to do, with color.
Too often, people imagine the archives as nothing but boxes, darkness, dampness, dust, more boxes, and black & white photographs. While there is some truth to this, the buried truth, which needs to be unearthed (Archives 2.0 hint hint), is that there is so much color, so many colorful characters and events, so much rich content!
I guess I am a content agnostic. I do not have a preference. I will work with all kinds of content as long as there is a benefit to the audience. But being a history grad and a lover of stories, I guess I have a bias for archival content.
(Geez...so much for my sabbatical.)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Because two years ago, when there were only a few voices out in the digital wilderness talking about archives, technology and future trends, none of this kind of vigorous discussion would have taken place.
I think we should all--yes, all of us--tap ourselves on the shoulder.
That said, while I remain enthusiastic about Web 2.0's impact on archives and hopeful that something truly positive and transformational can occur, I realize, personally, that I have been 'out of the game' (okay, out of work, really, but 'out of the game' sounds more, well, more sportive) and I must get back into the game, hunker down, and move forward, if not only for sanity's sake but also for adding meaningful words and thoughts to the discourse with a calm and discerning mind.
Between finding employment and blogging, I have to honestly side with finding employment, especially in these econo-lyptic days.
I will take a break from blogging, but will continue micro-blogging over at Twitter.
I am also working on a new blog. A few of you, by accident perhaps, may have already come across it. My intentions are not to keep it a secret for much longer; but once it is securely settled, I will provide more details.
In the meantime, I am posting a Top 5 list of popular posts and a Top 5 list of not so popular posts from The DIGITAL Archive's archives based on Google's metrics.
Top 5 posts:
- What Library 2.0 Can Teach Archives 2.0
- The Friday Abstract: Those New Archivist Ads
- The Friday Abstract: Love is a Time Machine
- Archivist Jobs That Sizzle (i.e. do not suck)
- From Canada to London: How Twitter Opens (Conference) Doors
Top 5 not so popular posts (but still good reads, I think):
- The Web and History
- Weaving the Archivist Web
- uStream.tv and the rise of the new "ME" dia
- Dawn of Location-Based Information
- Web Trends 2008
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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Friday, November 07, 2008
Archivist Guy: And I’m an Archivist. What a minute, Librarian, what’s with all those suitcases and vendor logo covered tote bags? Are you going on a trip?
LD: Yeah, I’m headed to the airport. I’m attending a few conferences.
AG: What? Conferences? W-what kind of conferences?
LD: Oh, I’ll be checking out the Internet conference, the Web Users conference, the Podcasters conference, then I’ll be attending a conference online in Second Life—that should be awesome—and later on in the evening, we’ll be jamming with Guitar Hero at the County Public Library.
AG: Jamming at the
LD: You know, Archivist, you should really come.
AG: Oh, no, I can’t. Awfully busy. You know, backlog, that sort of thing.
LD: That’s all right, next time. Hey, Archivist, you heading somewhere right now, maybe you could give me a hand with these…
AG: Sorry, Librarian, but I have a very big--VERY BIG--meeting with the Administration.
LD: Oh, meeting – what’s it about?
AG: The usual: Asking for funding to preserve and digitize historically significant private papers.
LD: Ouch. Good luck. Well, I'm off.
AG: [Whispers] I hope you encounter plenty of turbulence.
LD: Come again?
AG: Oh, I said, I hope you have a momentous journey.
[Fade to black]
Thursday, November 06, 2008
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What is the world’s most popular micro-blogging service and why is it important to you?
According to website ranking company Compete.com, Twitter had more than 3 million unique visitors in September 2008, making the free social networking and micro-blogging service the most popular service in its class. With so many people visiting the website, one naturally wonders, what’s all the fuss about?
What is Twitter
“To be or not to be,” wrote William Shakespeare in his tragedy Hamlet. Now if the Bard had penned his classic in our Internet-age, he would have surely adapted his famous soliloquy with a Twitter twist: “To Twitter or not to Twitter.” And indeed for millions of people, from teens to professionals to celebrities, to companies big and small, that is the question.
Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables users to post to the Web short (140 characters or less) status updates, affectionately known as "Tweets" in Twitter parlance, and to read and reply to status updates posted by friends. Developed by San Francisco-based Obvious Corp. and launched in 2006, Twitter asks users to post answers to one simple question: “What are you doing?”
Compete.com Graph: Twitter dominates the micro-blogging space, which includes Plurk.com and Identi.ca.
After you open a free Twitter account and create a profile, which includes a screen name, a picture or avatar of your choice, and a short biography, you can start posting tweets, setting in motion what Montreal Gazette reporter and online marketing expert Mitch Joel calls “permission-based stalking.” Status updates, or tweets, can range from the mundane (“Drinking a latte in Starbucks”) to the thought-provoking (“Are tax cuts the only solution to the economic crisis?”)
Social Networking Tool
Community and conversations are the engines behind Web 2.0, and Twitter ably demonstrates these qualities. The stream of tweets appearing on screen gives you a glimpse at what other Twitter users are talking about. If what they are talking about interests you, you can befriend them (follow); likewise, if others find what you tweet about of interest, they will follow you (followers). A small virtual community inside the Twitter universe is born and conversations may begin, with users replying to each other’s tweets.
But be forewarned: A torrent of uncontrollable tweets is likely if you follow too many people, and an interface shortcoming makes friends' replies to your tweets difficult to track since they are not threaded as they are in forums. Best advice: Like all social networks, you should make time to maintain Twitter to keep it effective.
If blogging is the big, pensive, older brother of online publishing, then micro-blogging is the small, nimble, younger brother, who, in spite of its lesser stature, still emerges as a fast and mobile publishing platform.
This nimble form of publishing is clearly Twitter’s innovative strength, something which, when harnessed properly, can be an effective tool to communicate and disseminate bursts of information.
Twitter is a fun, sometimes addictive conversation-enabling, community-building service as well as a serious platform permitting users to market their services or promote their blogs, wikis, etc. But experimentation, cautious first steps, and the willingness to maintain the service are essential.
Several prolific bloggers, including tech blogger Robert Scoble and child star Wil Wheaton of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame, regularly post tweets about their work and activities. Even CNN news anchor Rick Sanchez uses Twitter live on the air. Breaking news often breaks first on Twitter.
And, yes, if Shakespeare were alive, he’d be posting tweets, too.
This review originally appeared on the Technology Next Now wiki. You can follow the author at twitter.com/dkemper.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Archivist Guy: [Enters scene holding large yellow box; places it on floor] And I’m an Archivist.
LD: What do you have there, Archivist?
AG: It’s a little gift from the Administration.
LD: Cool. What is it?
AG: It’s the "Artificial Sunlight Lamp - 300 watts of Vitamin D,” says right here on the box
LD: I see that. But what’s the reason for all this?
AG: It’s kind of a long story, but essentially Administration had promised us a new room with windows since our current work area has absolutely no windows and therefore no sunlight. Anyway, that plan did not fall through because some other department had quote-unquote priority. Whatever that means.
AG: Yep, so instead of us working under oppressive fluorescent bulbs all day long, and basking in the glow of our lovely LCD monitors, the fine people in Administration bought us this Artificial Sunlight Lamp.
AG: Yesiree! They even threw in sunglasses, a pair for all staff members.
AG: By the way, Librarian, do you know what department got that room?
LD: Oh you mean that large corner office with the floor to ceiling windows that overlooks the park and football field beyond, and at 3:15 sharp in the afternoon a beautiful shaft of golden sunlight pours in? That one?
AG: Yes, that one…
LD: Ahem, don’t have a clue.
[Fade to black]
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I read the position title, responsibilities, qualifications - and there were words and terms that told me an evolution in thinking was occurring. I copied the entire job posting below, highlighting in bold those elements that caught my attention.
According to the contact person, Carlie McCarthy, who replied promptly to my questions, the position was entering the candidate interview stage and was only open to US citizens (being a Canadian citizen, this news was a bummer - does anyone know more about visas that librarians and archivists can get to work in the US?).
In any case, check out the points I highlighted. What do you think? Is this an Archives 2.0-ish position in the making, something other institutions should follow? I love the qualifications, especially the last one. A willingness to learn and implement new technologies and new skills.
Sign me up!
Fordham School of Law
Post date: September 9, 2008
Closing date: Until filled.
Position title: Archivist/Digital Specialist
Position in Leo T. Kissam Memorial Library, Fordham School of Law, Lincoln Center.
Organizes the historical records of the Law School.
Oversees the creation of an institutional repository for collecting, storing, preserving and disseminating the institution's digital assets.
Participates in the digitization of Fordham Law archival material.
Participates in cataloging and other library projects as needed.
Works under the direction of the Head of Cataloging.
MLS or equivalent preferred.
Experience with organization and processing of archival materials.
Experience with digitization of archival materials and with storing, preserving, and providing networked access to digitized and born-digital material.
Knowledge of metadata schemas and the principles of controlled vocabulary.
Ability to develop written policies, procedures, and processes.
Excellent organizational skills, the ability to work with great accuracy and with meticulous attention to detail.
Ability to work cooperatively, effectively, flexibly and independently.
Willingness to learn and implement new technologies and new skills.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Archivist Guy: And I’m an Archivist.
LD: Archivist, I am so glad you’re here. I’m just about to unveil the library’s new welcome sign.
AG: “WELCOME TO THE LIBRARY.” Gee, that sign is very big and colourful. Patrons will see it from miles away.
LD: Well, that’s the whole point. When people see this sign, they will know that this is their library and they are welcome to drop by.
AG: Fascinating concept.
LD: I’m sure there are archivists who would be interested in such a sign. If you like, I can hook you up with the design—
AG: No, no, no, Librarian. We archivists don’t do marketing. No, no. We’re all about serious research. Serious research in the archives. Besides, if people really need us, they will find us. Eventually.
LD: Speaking of which, where are the archives located?
AG: Oh, that’s easy. Just go downstairs, turn left, then turn right. Walk down the hallway and go through the second door on the right. Not the first door now, the second door. Ask to be buzzed in and head straight down the hallway and turn right. You’ll see our office door there.
LD: You sure you don’t need a few signs with arrows?
LD: I could make a few if you--
AG: No, no, that’s fine. Just watch your head when you round that second corner.
[Fade to black]
Monday, October 27, 2008
I mention Stephens' blog post because in the past few weeks there has been a healthy discussion in the Archives blogosphere about Archives 2.0 - what it could be, what it could do for archives and archivists, what it would mean to researchers and future users - and the Archives profession in the Web 2.0 era.
Kate over at ArchivesNext started the discussion with her interesting blog post "Archives 2.0?" and several other bloggers (including yours truly....wink wink) made thoughtful comments. Be sure to read the blog post and comments - and submit a comment as well.
As someone who has been calling for change in Archives in regards to Web 2.0 adoption (its values and ethics and technology usage) both from this blog and currently from this dismal unemployment chair, I believe these discussions on Archives 2.0 is the correct course of action. But these discussions must be followed up with concrete strategies.
Archives 2.0 will not be Library 2.0. Archives 2.0 will not merely mirror the actions taken by our colleagues in libraries. No, Archives 2.0 must grasp the values and ethics of Web 2.0, understand the Web 2.0 technologies, and then muster up the courage and envision how these elements can solve the problems facing archives and archivists.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Librarian Dude: Hello, I’m a Librarian.
Archivist Guy: [Enters scene pushing a cart with a large mechanical device on it] ....And I’m an Archivist.
LD: Whoa-ho, Archivist, what do you have there?
AG: This, my Librarian friend, is the Super Ultra Air Purifier Ionizer.
LD: That is awesome, Archivist. I'm really impressed.
AG: Why thank you, Librarian. You see, every few days—more times than I care to admit, actually—the facilities department forgets there are archivists working in our windowless rooms and often shut off the air ventilation system.
AG: Yes, it gets pretty bad when you’re surrounded by dusty material. The burning eyes, stuffy nose, headache, nausea, flu-like symptoms – it ain’t a pretty sight, as they say.
LD: Well, why don’t you start up the machine?
AG: Good idea! [Flicks switch. Motor roars like an air plane engine]
LD: [Shouts above noise] Wow! That’s strong, Archivist!
AG: [Shouts above noise] Breathe in the fresh, ionized air, Librarian!
LD: [Shouts above noise] Hey, hey, Archivist, the private papers you were accessioning are blowing down the hallway. Shut off the machine!
AG: I can’t! I can’t! [Runs after papers, exits scene. Heard in the distance.] Stop, come back. Don’t step on those; they’re not garbage!
[Fade to black]
The horror....the horror.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
According to Foresight, a UK Government think tank, there are effective habits and behaviours that people can adopt to remain physically and mentally fit.
Steps to happiness
Developing relationships with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours will enrich your life and bring you support;
Sports, hobbies such as gardening or dancing, or just a daily stroll will make you feel
good and maintain mobility and fitness;
Noting the beauty of everyday moments as well as the unusual and reflecting on them helps you to appreciate what matters to you;
Fixing a bike, learning an instrument, cooking – the challenge and satisfaction brings fun and confidence
Helping friends and strangers links your happiness to a wider community and is very rewarding
Friday, October 17, 2008
Librarian Dude: Hi, I’m a librarian.
Archivist Guy: Hi, I’m an archivist.
LD: Hey, Archivist, why do you look so gloomy?
AG: Well, you know, Librarian. Everyone is talking about you guys. I mean, you librarians are everywhere nowadays. On TV. On posters. And especially on the Web with all your fancy blogs and wikis. Us archivists, meanwhile, we’re busy, well, archiving.
LD: Well, actually, there are plenty of great archivist blogs out there—
AG: Please don’t patronize me, Librarian. No pun intended. We both have the same degree, right. We both serve the public. [Librarian nods in agreement] But somehow, somewhere down the line, one of us got the short end of the stick.
LD: Now I don’t think that’s necessarily true—
AG: Oh, please, Librarian. I read the blogs. I see what some of your more eminent colleagues are doing. You have librarians playing video games in public libraries, doing creative, fun activities; while others write cool dissertations on Second Life and the benefits of blogging, and worse still you have an anonymous librarian—God, anonymity, I hate it—writing the most popular library blog in the history Library Journal, that prestigious magazine of yours.
LD: Whoa! Archivist, you need to calm down. Your blood pressure. You should really—
AG: No, no Librarian. You won’t tell me what to do! I already know what I do.
LD: Really important stuff, I bet.
AG: Yes, like PRESERVING THE PAST FOR POSTERITY!!
AG: Phew…I think I better head back to the basement now. Bye, Librarian.
LD: Just watch your first--
[Fade to black]
Wait a minute! I've been had!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Earlier this morning, I was following the tweets emerging from Internet Librarian International 2008, held this year in London, England. In particular, I was following librarian and blogger Michael Stephens and his tweets, while one of his colleagues, Michael Casey, was speaking on a panel.
At one point, Stephens highlighted a panel member's point (not Casey, but someone named Thomas), who said: "Some people are Librarian by attitude...LIS edu is not necessary for all."
I found the statement very intriguing for numerous reasons, which I will not delve into today. But I am certain long-time readers will have an idea. (Is being a librarian or archivist really only an attitude, or is it a combination of theory and training?)
I replied to Stephens' tweet with the following: "What if you are LIS grad but do not possess a librarian attitude? What should one do?"
The point was not necessarily to receive a response or to even debate the statement (I mean, these are pro-bloggers, after all, they are busy people in the middle of a conference, so I wasn't expecting a response).
To my surprise, however, Stephens and Casey both replied to my tweet and panel members started to discuss the question I had asked, revealing once again the power of Web 2.0 in general and Twitter in particular.
How cool is that?
While the statement regarding librarian attitude and education and the question I had asked still require more thought (and perhaps a dedicated blog post), I was pleasantly surprised to see that Twitter leveled the field, whereby someone in Canada could influence the direction of a conference in London.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
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Thursday, October 09, 2008
It appears that all of my Microsoft Windows XP files had become fatally infected and corrupted. The entire operating systems was dead. A complete hard drive re-format and re-installation were required. Luckily, the repair shop, using a bit of techno-wizardry, was able to extract several personal and professional files (around 3 gigs worth), scanning and cleaning them in the process.
I am big amateur Photoshop user. You can see my handiwork across this blog if you are viewing this post at The DIGITAL Archive. The header and sidebar graphics, custom brushes, silhouette shapes, all mine. They took me hours, sometimes days to design. All lost, I feared as I witnessed the virus spread across my hard drive like fire in a pool of gasoline.
But, again, thanks to some fast-thinking on behalf of my reliable (and now $200 richer) repair shop, I have my personal and professional files back. Not all, mind you. I lost fonts. Yes, fonts that I had found over the past two years. All gone. But I will rebuild, this time bigger and better - and backed-up!!
Many of you reading this process and organize archives. We maintain original order, preserve records for posterity. For example, I researched, wrote and talked about e-records management and digital preservation.
But I wonder if we, individually, have taken the time to examine and insure the safety and security of our own personal archive, our digital archive, where we, using our PCs or Macs, create and store a multitude of files in a myriad of file formats in essence creating and storing memories in text, audio and video?
Are we making sure these critical files are safe, secure, backed up, either on external hard drives, CDs/DVDs, or perhaps even in the cloud using online storage services such as Google Docs or Apple's Mobile Me?
Think about it.
about the author
- David Kemper
- I am an information professional, researcher, and writer with over eight years experience in the information services field with experience in information and communication technology.
I have a B.A. in History and a Master's in Library and Information Studies and working on a Web and Multimedia Design certificate.
I believe that empowering people with information can enrich lives and transform the world.