Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
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
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
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
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
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.
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.