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Archives-wiki, Part II: How It Will Work

A continuation of the Oct. 16th post Archives-wiki, Part I: A Proposal

How it will work:
Over the past few years, Internet programmers have developed a new open source program called “wiki,” which creates an online environment in which users can add content and the larger community can edit and update. This collaborative process will allow the Archives-wiki to harness the local knowledge of tens of thousands of researchers and archivists, allowing them to provide the kind of inside information that researchers need.

Archives-wiki, Part I: A Proposal

One of the more ambitious projects that we hope to unveil this winter is Archives-wiki—a web-based guide to archival collections by and for researchers on historical subjects. Even for someone well-practiced in archival research, going to work in an archives for the first time can be fraught with an array of unique problems and challenges, many of which have to be assessed and determined from afar. This can range from large questions about who to contact and where to stay, to more specific questions, such how many boxes you can access at a time and the institution’s photocopying policies.

Picture of a Digital Generation

We tend to think of computer use and the Internet as all pervasive, but a new report from The National Center for Education Statistics provides some solid data that places those perceptions in context.

They estimate that 91 percent of K-12 students used a computer, and 59 percent of students used the Internet in 2003. That probably understates the number a bit, since it only asked about use in school or home, not at the library.

Beyond the broad numbers on use, the survey shows more specific lines of difference in who uses computers and how.

Feed Facts

What is a RSS or Atom feed?
RSS and Atom are versions (or flavors) of web feeds. Web feeds let subscribers know when a web site or blog they subscribe to has updated its content. Most subscribers use a feed reader (also called an aggregator or news reader, see image below) to collect all of their web feeds in one place. With the use of a feed reader you can see dozens of feeds and whether they’ve been recently updated. There are many places you can put and use your feed reader: on your web browser, on your desktop, through your email, or through mobile devices.

October 13, 2006

Making Bibliographies Fun

Citing your sources just got easier. Zotero, a new (and best of all, free) web research tool developed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University promises to combine “the best parts of older reference manager software (like EndNote)… and the best parts of modern software such as del.icio.us or iTunes”. Zotero works on the web by recognizing and grabbing reference information when you’re viewing a book or article online on a research web site (check out the list of supported sites).