Archives 2.0 : the next generation websites for archival holdings

Goulet, Marylène ; Schneider, René (Dir.)

Mémoire de bachelor : Haute école de gestion de Genève, 2010 ; TDB 2120.

The emerging technologies, also known as web 2.0, have changed the online world as we know it. In the recent years, public and academic libraries have made the shift from paper to digital and have affirmed their presence on the web with those 2.0 tools as means of communication, engaging their public and crowdsourcing their collections. However public and historical archives have been somewhat... Plus

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    The emerging technologies, also known as web 2.0, have changed the online world as we know it. In the recent years, public and academic libraries have made the shift from paper to digital and have affirmed their presence on the web with those 2.0 tools as means of communication, engaging their public and crowdsourcing their collections. However public and historical archives have been somewhat deficient in this area and remain hidden from sight online. More and more web users and researchers are asking those archives to be made available in an easy and interactive way online. Although it is clear that no mass digitization of archival holdings is possible immediately, this thesis proposes to reflect on how archives can best serve their users needs by employing current web 2.0 technologies. This report will offer an analysis of the web 2.0 phenomenon in archives and will try to identify key principles to this shift in the profession. This analysis will serve as means to identify a strategy to develop a specific type of website for the Dumfries and Galloway Archive Centre in Scotland. By evaluating the current access to digital resources in Dumfries and Galloway, the proposition will revolve around the use of a collaborative software, also know as wiki, to set up an online local history resource for the region. Several wiki types of tool will be examined as well as good practices will be provided for setting and managing wikis. Those guidelines will assist the Dumfries and Galloway libraries management into launching a proposal to the local council to provide their patrons and users with a wiki website aimed at restoring access, encouraging cultural as well as scholarly use of archival materials in their holdings.