archives 2.0, the archives hub and aim25
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DESCRIPTIONApproaches to 'Archives 2.0' from the perspective of the Archives Hub and AIM25 services
- 1. Innovative ways, sustainable means The Archives Hub and AIM25 Jane Stevenson and Geoff Browell
2. Hub and AIM25 benefits
- Locate archives across a range of institutions
- Save time and resources
- Search by subject / name / place
- Focus for archive community
- Promotion of standards for robust and sustainable descriptions
- Innovation and experimentation
3. JISC Information Environment
- Providing a range of meaningful, rich and innovative methods of accessing electronic materials
- A collaborative landscape of service providers who work together to seamlessly cater for the needs of the community on a national basis
- Underpinned by real world interoperability, based upon a common standards framework
- JISC Information Environment Development Strategy 
4. British Archives: the vision
- Our vision of the future of British archives is of a flow of archival information which takes account of all the opportunities offered by digital networks and offers opportunity for exploration - historical, personal, social - to the broadest possible range of people wherever they can use it - in the home, the classroom or the office.
British Archives: The Way Forward (NCA, 2000) 5. The Archives 2.0 Manifesto
6. A new Mindset
- An open and flexible approach to access, archives 2.0 should, fundamentally, be about developing a collaborative, transparent and user-focused approach, based on agreed standards, that enables others to engage with us and with the data that we hold on their own terms.
- How to move forward in a sustainable way?
- What underlies an effective Archives 2.0 approach?
8. Underlying principles of the Hub
- Data standards, quality
- Software open source
- System interoperable, distributed
- Development user-focused, innovative
- EAD Encoded Archival Description
- Indexing standards
- Manual data editing
- Validation through Template for data creation and editing
- Training and raising awareness
- Cheshire 3 and Cheshire for Archives
- Open source
- In-house development
11. Interoperable System
- Ability to interoperate exchange data between systems
- Data working for benefit of users
- The Archives Hub and AIM25 - EAD
- CALM and AdLib
12. Distributed System
- Spokes institutions
- customised web interface
- Hosted spokes
Flickr cc licence : Thomas Hawk 13. Open System
- Machine-to-machine interfaces
- Z39.50; OAI-PMH; SRU
- Genesis portal for Womens Studies SRU search of the Hub
To be a part of the JISC-IE, content providers need to support machine- oriented interfaces to their resources. 14. Development
- Steering Committee
- Contributors Forum
- Contributors Community
- Blog, newsletters, email lists
- National Archives Network
15. National Archive Network 16. 17. AIM25
- 10 years-old
- 10,000 descriptions
- 100 partners
- Up to 2m hits per month
- Becoming a hub for London
- LMA latest partner
- 2008-2009 upgrade new descriptions, improved website, interoperability with M25
- Partner-led with central indexing standards
- Forum to lead on standards, fundraising, sector issues
18. AIM25 and Archives 2.0
- Asked ourselves- who uses it?
- Avoid features for sake of it what is the demand? Do users have the time vast majority of users are under 1 minute
- If colleagues dont know what a tag cloud or social networking are, will users?
- Can we afford it or do others do it better already Facebook?
- Most users are probably not Californian teenagers
19. AIM25: What did we do?
- Moderated Web 2.0 democracy or benign dictatorship?
- Avoided social networking
- Hybrid tag clouds
- Information alerts on new collections RSS
- Improving searching with cross searching with M25 (isnt it all just information?)
- More contemporary feel
- Help with fundraising
- Users able to sift information more effectively and cross-search
- Helps cultivate a brand. As catalogue information becomes more easily retrievable and machine-readable, so the extra features and the trusted name become more important
- These extras might include podcast lectures, National Curriculum tie-ins or dramatic re-enactments, extra bibliographic or catalogue content (youre interested in that item, have you seen this?), mapping or the ability to interact with other users
21. Right and wrong reasons
- Right: improves the work of Archives, collecting, preserving and making records accessible for current and future generations
- Wrong: for its own sake; next thing; pressure to be fashionable; cure-all or technical shortcut
22. Archives 2.0: Barriers
- Legal barriers (cant publish everything)
- Cost barriers (hidden costs such as training, IT development, policing UGC)
- Conflicting audiences (all things to all men)
- Over-expectations (limited resources of sector): will users become restive if they are used to Flickr or Facebook and get FORTRAN?
- Cant manage resulting demand
- Knowledge/training gap (many archivists are unfamiliar with standards or terminology)
- Danger of following fashion for its own sake when is a paradigm shift not a paradigm shift?
23. Searching Questions
- How far do we want users to be sharing and engaging do they want to?
- Danger of users thinking everything is up for grabs,Cant I just publish any photograph I come across in your archive?
- Role of the finding aid and its integrity reliability of catalogues. What role is there for expert input?
- Danger of never mind the quality, feel the width
24. Talking points
- Better market research needed
- Greater standardisation of statistics to gauge usage
- Do users want it and can we afford the time, money and energy to handle the consequences?
- Will management understand the implications or do they think it is technological panacea?(Cant you just digitise everything?)
- Archivists need to understand the implications in order to educate institutions of the costs/benefits
- Technologising the relationships which archivists have always cultivated with donors, users and the public. So is it doing more of what we do well already?
25. Talking points
- Do we get the basics right first? (cataloguing backlogs, basic digitisation and improved physical access)
- Standards electronic and ethical
- The role of the archivist from intercessor/ intermediary to facilitator in a personal relationship or journey of discovery through records: an Archive equivalent of the Protestant Reformation?
- Knowledge, expertise and interpretive skills remain at the heart of the profession
26. Archives 2.0 will be
- Result in greater co-operation and networking between all types of archive institution
- A journey not a destination
27. Contact details
- Jane Stevenson:[email_address]
- Geoff Browell:[email_address]
- Visit the National Archives Network social space:
- Check out the Hub blog:
- Check out the Archives Hub twitter