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My MA thesis – Barbarians versus Gatekeepers?

So, I’ve finally gotten around to posting my thesis “Barbarians versus gatekeepers? Tagging as a way of defining the emergent Living Archive paradigm”. The focus of  my thesis lies on archives that have audiovisual collections, since it was written at the final requirement needed to complete the Master Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image at the University of Amsterdam. However, I do think that the findings presented in the thesis also touch on the theory and practice of many other cultural heritage institutions. I’ve posted the summary below, and here you can find the link to a PDF version of the whole thesis. Many others know much more about the subjects covered, and have written more eloquently about tagging, and about the shifts in archive theory due to the rise of the Web 2.0 / online social media environment, but hey, I’m still pretty proud of it :).

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The interwebs

A few rules of thumb:

1. Videos from 1990-2000 about the internet will always be hilarious.

2. Videos from 1980-1990 about the possibility of having (something resembling) an internet will always have a certain cute factor.

3. Videos before 1980 about the possibility of having (something resembling) an internet will always be amazing.

To demonstrate these rules, I have started to make a YouTube playlist. It’s still a random list, but I will keep adding new videos and ordering according to the rules above. Examples of the rules:

1. Moms on the net

2. 1981 Electronic newspaper

3. Douglas Engelbart’s Mother of All Demos from 1968, talking about ARPA and networked information sharing.

Of course, computers and internet were foreseen at least as early as the 19th century. For instance, Charles Cutter wrote an article in 1883 in the Library Journal called ‘The Buffalo Public Library in 1983’ and said: “The desks had … a little key-board at each, connected by a wire. The reader had only to find the mark of his book in the catalog, touch a few lettered or numbered keys, and [the book] appeared after an astonishingly short interval.” (Source: this great video called The Web That Wasn’t, a Google Tech Talk by Alex Wright)

Or just look at this 1879 cartoon from Punch talking about Edison’s telephonoscope which depicts a family talking to their family far, far ways on a giant videophone device.

Anything missing? I know there is, just leave your suggestions in the comments or on my Twitter.


I heart this cat

mean sammy the cat

Originally uploaded by hawk person

All right, I used to have a cat blog, which I quit because after three years I said all about cats there was to say. However, when a cat pops up in my inbox from friends who know my love for cats who look like they want to destroy the world, I just melt.

This cat is just made of opposites. A heart around his neck, and a look that says: “I’ll kill you in your sleep”. Great shot by the lovely hawk person, whose Flickr stream is worth perusing if you love birds and / or great photography.


I love this

Welcome to the first instalment of ‘I love this’, which means I am too lazy to write a decent post, but still feel the need to share little things I love.

So, I totally love this tile I got as a present yesterday.

Men are like air to me, but I can’t live without air.


…is following you on Twitter

I am always intrigued by the people who follow me on Twitter. Why do they do it? Are they spam accounts, lonely housewives, people who just follow you because they want you to follow them, because of course status is EVERYTHING! More is More!

Making this observation does of course not mean I am not excited when someone cool follows me before I have followed them. And sometimes, when I get the e-mail message with the notification that someone is following it me, it sounds so silly. For instance, today I got the notification “Augmented Reality is now following you on Twitter!” Sounds very surreal indeed. But of course, I followed right back. Cool people, cool stuff.


MA Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image

I spent the last 1,5 years studying in the wonderful Master programme Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image at the University of Amsterdam. Almost done, just some final small touches to do on my thesis on the effects of crowdsourcing on archive theory. Tonight, I advised some prospective students about the programme, what it entails and what opportunities it gives you. It’s safe to say I had an amazing time and met the most wonderful people and cannot imagine work in ‘the field’ without a sound theoretical background. When I finish my thesis, I’ll post it here, now I just felt like gushing about how great the programme has been.

Also, since this blog has very fast turned into a very weird mix of thoughts on archiving and new media on the one hand and my daily goings-on on the other (not mutually exclusive of course), here’s a song I’ve been playing over and over again the last few days: Modern Drift by the Danish band Efterklang. I have had the great fortune to see them live twice, and it’s a shame and a beautiful thing at the same time that they are not more famous. A lot of love for these guys.


The value of authenticity

I recently wrote a post called Information Ageism. In it, I discussed the importance of providing context for archival materials. This activity might just be a key aspect for archives, since it further enhances their status as knowledge institutions and it enriches their collections. Also, since archival professionals are so familiar with their collections, they have the authority and expertise to provide context that is relevant. Now, authority is a huge subject and also very debatable in the light of many interesting crowdsourcing projects (which I will talk about more in the future). Regardless, archives do still have important in-house expertise that is of great value. This cannot be ignored or put aside. Related to this is the topic of authenticity. Archives work hard to make sure that their holdings are authentic, and that they are organised and presented in authentic ways.

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