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An archivist's musings on a variety of topics - most relating to the future of the web and how it will affect the connected fields of libraries and archives, as guided by Dominican University's LIS 753 class discussion.
Thanks to Heidi K.’s excellent post on blogs, and some archives-related blogs in particular, I was directed to Archivemati.ca . This is a very interesting blog, maintained by Peter Van Garderen, a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam, who is “studying the enabling technologies and practices that can enhance the access and use of digital archives.” Very cool, Peter. A recent post of his highlighted The Next Generation Finding Aid Project.
Yakel sees current online finding aids to be inadequate, merely reproducing paper finding aids without taking advantage of their electronic environment. The digital realm allows for quick searching, interlinking, participation and collaboration, and interfaces beyond text, techniques a paper finding aid cannot do. While many repositories and archives employ EAD (or encoded archival description) in their online finding aids, no one has yet to take full advantage of all of the properties that EAD has to offer. Thus, we sought to expand the capability of EAD, make the archival and research experience collaborative and participatory, and challenge the traditional finding aid structure. emphasis mine
Following the thread of Louise’s post on Wikipedia…
My thoughts first started churning when I saw this post about how to sell RSS via Tame the Web. Since the original posting, the author of the post, David Rothman, has started his own blog and has provided us with an updated post.
“How would you like it,” I asked our hospital’s head of surgery, “if you had one list of items from news or medical publishing on exactly the information you want. Imagine you could flip through this list and check off items as ‘not interested’, ‘maybe later’, or ‘the library must get me the full text of this article’. And what if, when you wanted the full text, you could click a couple of times to order it from the library?”
His eyes widened. “That’s possible?”
I love my podcasts. I’m a news junkie, and I love being able to listen to something whenever I want, wherever I want. But I’ll save the many wonders of podcasting for another post. The week after our first weekend of class, in which we discussed the history of the internet in about 10 minutes (it seems like it happened that quickly in real time, doesn’t it?) – I found delivered via my podcast subscription the weekly NOW program. And what, do you think, was the topic of their broadcast? That’s right – the Internet! How timely, I thought – as if they created the program just for me. Did they know I had my first blog post to write?
"Is the wild west culture of the Internet about to become a thing of the past? Big business is staking its claim on the information superhighway, lobbying Congress for an exclusive faster lane, which consumers could end up paying for. This week on NOW we look at a major battle brewing in Washington D.C. over the future of the Internet.”