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November 2010: Link roundup post

Just some of the interesting items we have found online.

Are we telling our stories?

This link was sent in by Jenny Fawbert.  It’s a recording of an event held as part of the Melbourne Conversations series. Four speakers address the question “Museums and Collections: Are they telling stories of a diverse society?”. It’s split into two parts and is well worth a look!

Follow @sfmoma on twitter & facebook

All about Archives & Archivists and how they use Facebook & Twitter

This recommendation comes from Rhonda Campbell. Adam Crymble has made available his paper “An Analysis of Twitter and Facebook Use by the Archival Community” that was first published in Archivaria .

This paper discusses how the archival community is using social networking services such as Twitter and Facebook as outreach tools. The study analyzes the usage patterns of 195 individual and institutional users over a thirty- two-day period during the summer of 2009……….The study shows that archival organizations overwhelmingly use the services to promote content they have created themselves, whereas archivists promote information they find useful. In all cases, more frequent posting did not correlate to a larger audience.

Some links from CAN Outreach Blog

For a wide range of links on everything from Geocommons to funding for TV Documentaries check out the latest posting from the CAN Outreach blog!

  • Catch up with all the information here.

The Mask

Anonymous Publication (yes or no?)

With the advent of the internet, publishing under an anonymous or assumed identity is easier than ever before. Does it have a place in professional discourse? Emily Ford makes the case against undisclosed publication.

The problem with anonymous and pseudonymous publishing (let’s combine these terms and call them undisclosed publications) is that with this form it is easy for pieces to be unproductive and inappropriate.

ABC Open Archives Pilot Report

The team at Pool have made available the report on their pilot study under which they released material from the ABC Archives onto the web under Creative Commons Licenses.

Some of the the key points were:

  • Strong public interest in ABC archives
  • Sourcing and clearing archive material is very resource intensive
  • Protocols and standards will greatly assist in this
  • Wider Open Access models give clear precedence for this activity
  • Creative Commons Licenses are recommended for maximum innovation
  • For a summary of the pilot project and its findings as well as a link to the full report click here.

Ancestor Map

Humanities 2.0

A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in “isms” — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread.
The next big idea in language, history and the arts? Data.

  • Read the full article by Patricia Cohen on the pros, cons and possibilities of Digital Humanities at the New York Times

Australian Women’s Weekly online

The National Library of Australia has digitised 50 years of the Australian Women’s Weekly (1933-1982)!

  • To view the news report from ABC News click here
  • To view the Australian Women’s Weekly online click here