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Making our digital nation [a YouTube video]


This YouTube video hosted by Mosman Council on digitization, ‘digital’ volunteers  and all things Web 2.0 is very interesting and worth a look:

…Rose Holley talks about digital volunteers and the amazing things they are achieving. She also speaks about the innovative crowdsourcing projects at the National Library of Australia.

Rose was manager of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program. She now manages the new Trove discovery service from the National Library. She recently published ‘Crowdsourcing: How and Why Should Libraries Do It?’, a paper that analyses successful projects and issues a challenge to libraries: Do we have the courage, and dare we give users something greater than power — freedom?

The video is 1 hour 18 mins long. Here are some ‘jump in’ points of interest:

  • Picture Australia/Flickr (c.27 mins)
  • Flickr – The Commons (c.29 mins)
  • Trove (c.32 mins)
    • the “Search Engine for Australia”
  • Wikipedia (c.45 mins)
  • Mormons – Family Search (c.53 mins)
  • Founders and Survivors – convict records (c.59 mins)
  • ABC Pool and ABC Open (c.1:01 mins)
Category: Digital 2.0
  • beachcomberaustralia says:

    Interesting video, and thanks for posting the ‘jump ins’. My brain was going blurry from impenetrable public service and library-speak jargon!

    It is great that Trove is now “commentable” (a new jargon word?). I just joined, and cross-referenced this newspaper article with this photo . The first of many, I suspect.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:04 am
  • Iain Stuart says:

    I thought it was very inspiring and down to earth. it made me want to go off and edit a newspaper or update a Wikipedia article. I love the bit where she got a cheque for $1,000,000 to fix up the SMH digitisation.

    I posted the link to a number of discussion groups with people I know who use the Digital Newspapers and who are interested in Web 2.0. The great thing is how useful all these initiatives are unlike most of what passes for social media.

    The challenge for State Records is to see what you can do especially to involve the on-line community.


    June 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm
  • Fiona Sullivan says:

    Thanks for sharing the link Iain. It’s definitely a very exciting area!

    July 3, 2010 at 11:45 am