Thursday, 25 June 2009

Archives on YouTube

More about archives on YouTube, ArchivesNext has brought to my attention the fact that the United States National Archives have a new, very nice looking YouTube page here

The UK National Archives have been on YouTube since last year and their page can be found here. I particularly like this public information film from 1945.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

SOA Conference goes Web 2.0!

The Society of Archivists conference this year will have an official blog and twitter feed.

The conference is being held in Bristol this year Society from Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th September. The title of the conference is Fast Forward: access and preservation in a digital world.

I'm not going to this years conference but it will be great to stay in touch with what's happening via the blog and twitter. Its nice to see web 2.0 technologies being used for professional society events, especially after James' post about web 2.0 and the RMS here.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Web 2.0 the millionth word


To think it could've been noob, slumdog or carbon neutral.
Calculated by the Global Language Monitor, faqs about the process are here.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Endangered archives blog

The British Library has a new blog about endangered archives here. It is the blog for the endangered archives programme who "aim to contribute to the preservation of archival material that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration world-wide”.

The blog is going to be used to discuss the work of the EAP and share some interesting examples of records that the programme has copied and how they catalogue such varied collections.

The British Library has quite a few blogs, for a full list see here.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

International archives at Glasgow Uni

To mark international archives day, Glasgow University Archives have put together an online map to show certain international highlights from their collection.

Check it out here, its a great way to show the impact of Glasgow University and Scottish businesses on the world.

International Archives Day

So, its international archives day today. This is its second year and it is held on the 9th of June as that was the day in 1948 that the International Council on Archives was founded at UNESCO in Paris.

The day is mainly about raising awareness of archives and records within your country. The ICA believes that "as programmes for raising public awareness of archives are organized simultaneously in an increasing number of countries, a greater sense of international solidarity will be fostered among the participants."

Here's to international solidarity!

Poster from Japan to publicise international archives day there.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Web 2.0 and Societies

James Lappin has written an interesting post about the impact of Web 2.0 for the Records Management Society here.  All of what he says could apply to the Society of Archivists as well particularly ahead of potential changes to the structure of the archive sector.  Will a new structure and body mean more Web 2.0 content and ventures?

James considers the impact of Web 2.0 on the membership of these societies, their events and conferences and he has some great suggestions.  So go read it here.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Puffin archive

Article in the Guardian today (here) about the Puffin archive.

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