Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Ships, trains and plans...

Ships, trains and engines are going to be part of my life for the next two years in my new job and I've been considering how I can bring a little web 2.0 to my workplace so it has been nice to see the National Maritime Museum's blog and more recently their involvement in flickr commons for some inspiration.

Web Tech Guy and Angry Staff Person

I discovered this brilliant animation today:

Talking version here

Archives 2.0 in the UK

Archives Hub have posted a report on the conference held last week here. I wholeheartedly support Jane's outlook and approach to Archives 2.0 and I think the work that the Archives Hub has been done with

"an admirable sense of adventure, a sense of the missed opportunities that too much naval-gazing can bring about and also a general appreciation that if something takes relatively little time to do or to set up then it might be worth taking the plunge and seeing how it goes."

Friday, 20 March 2009

Archives 2.0 UK

Was alerted to these tweets by ArchivesNext. They were live tweets from the conference Archives 2.0: Shifting Dialogues between Users and Archivists down in Manchester this week.

I think we'll be able to get a better idea of the conference from the
ArchivesHub blog in the next week or so. However, its interesting to see twitter being used in this way and there are some useful links and thoughts about Archives 2.0 from the conference captured by twitter.

Monday, 2 March 2009

Book covers

The book cover archive and its accompanying blog are really more of a personal interest thing but hey it has archive in the title so I thought I'd put it on here as a tenuous link and a little bit of Monday whimsy.

I thought it was interesting that the site allows users to search by typeface as well as by the expected designer, author, title and publisher fields. Typography is a key part of book cover design and an element that users would want to be able to search on and this functionality gives the site added value.

The site also has the ability to comment and submit information to the site editors about each book cover.

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