Friday, 28 August 2009

Online class on Web 2.0 and Archives

Kate Theimer of the excellent archivesnext blog is holding an online class on Tuesday 13th October (6-7:30pm GMT) entitled "Introduction to Web 2.0 in Archives...or What You Need to Know in a Nutshell".

As well as her blog, Kate has also written a book on the subject so definitely knows what she is talking about and it looks like it will provide a good introduction and overview of the subject. More details are available on her blog here and on the Society of American Archivists' website here about the content and how to register.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Archives on ning

There is an Archives2.0 ning community now. This is a social networking community that allows you to do many of the usual things like:

  • Participate in the forum discussion
  • Add photos and videos
  • Blog
  • Start groups and events

However, most importantly there are lots of examples of innovative archives service delivery, hints, tips and new tools suggested by other members. There is also a Records Management 2.0 ning group which has been going for a while.

The Archives 2.0 network was set up using Ning. This is a service that allows you to create social networks for specific purposes. Having joined today and taken a quick look around the site it looks like it could have potential outside of professional networking. For example it could be used by an archive service to create a network or community area for users of archive services or researchers specialising in a particular topic.

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