Let me tell you about my grandpa: a content analysis of user annotations to online archival collections

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Examining the characteristics of user engagement with online archival collections via 2.0 tools (specifically, through commenting functions). Also compares results/variances across digital collections that are designed and presented to users differently.

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<ul><li> 1. Let me tell you about my grandpa: <ul><li>jessica sedgwick </li></ul>archivist for women in medicine harvard medical school 13 august 2009 A content analysis of user annotations to online archival collections Image from Beyond Brown Paper, courtesy Plymouth State University </li> <li> 2. Archivists are very busy! and other limits on archival description </li> <li> 3. Meanwhile <ul><li>Archivists are experimenting with 2.0 approaches </li></ul></li> <li> 4. Concerns about user-engagement: <ul><li>What is the value? </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of implementation and maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Loosening our grip on authority control </li></ul>Image from Library of Congress, 1930s-40s in Color set on Flickr </li> <li> 5. Study design <ul><li>Content analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Collected publicly-contributed user comments from online archival collections </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzed comments against a set of categories </li></ul><ul><li>Counted each comment toward as many categories as it represented </li></ul></li> <li> 6. Online collections examined <ul><li>Keweenaw Digital Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Brown Paper </li></ul><ul><li>Polar Bear Expedition </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Collections </li></ul></li> <li> 7. Data set <ul><li>Total comments collected: 568 </li></ul><ul><li>Breakdown for each site: </li></ul></li> <li> 8. Codebook </li> <li> 9. Results overall </li> <li> 10. #1 Subject identification Image from Beyond Brown Paper, courtesy Plymouth State University </li> <li> 11. #2 Providing further information Image courtesy Michigan Tech Archives </li> <li> 12. #3 Linking to further resources Image courtesy Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan </li> <li> 13. #4 Establishing personal connection Image from Beyond Brown Paper, courtesy Plymouth State University </li> <li> 14. #6 Correction Image courtesy Michigan Tech Archives </li> <li> 15. Results compared across sites </li> <li> 16. Implications <ul><li>Users are willing to contribute, how willing are archivists to let them? </li></ul><ul><li>Considerations: </li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Encouraging and managing comments </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Maintaining clear spaces of authority </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Making user comments searchable </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>Incorporating user comments into archival description </li></ul></li></ul></li> <li> 17. Encouraging your user community Image and screenshot from Joyner Library Digital Collections, Eastern Carolina University </li> <li> 18. Authority control Image courtesy Michigan Tech Archives </li> <li> 19. Searching across comments Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan </li> <li> 20. Incorporating user-contributed content Image from Beyond Brown Paper, courtesy Plymouth State University </li> <li> 21. Incorporating user-contributed content Image courtesy Michigan Tech Archives </li> <li> 22. Final thoughts and questions <ul><li>How is user engagement affected by: </li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>format of materials (textual vs. photographic) </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li><ul><li>amount of metadata provided </li></ul></li></ul><ul><li>Implications for finding aids? </li></ul><ul><li>How to verify accuracy (and why bother?) </li></ul><ul><li>How to encourage and shape user engagement? </li></ul></li> <li> 23. Thank you! <ul><li>Complete study available online: </li></ul><ul><li>http://etd.ils.unc.edu/dspace/handle/1901/561 </li></ul>Image from Beyond Brown Paper, courtesy Plymouth State University email: jmsedg@gmail.com twitter: jm_sedgwick Special thanks to The Donald Peterson Student Award Committee </li> </ul>