Monday, August 13, 2012

D0DA 2012

The Day of Digital Archives is making a return: October 12, 2012 you can help raise awareness of digital archives and digital preservation issues through this community blog/twitter project. On this day, archivists, digital humanists, programmers, or anyone else creating, using, or managing digital archives are asked to devote some of their social media output (i.e. tweets, blog posts, youtube videos, etc.) to describing their work with digital archives. By collectively documenting what we do, we will be answering questions like: What are digital archives? Who uses them? How are they created and managed? Why are they important?

Last year's Day of Digital Archives featured more than 50 bloggers (many of whose posts can be viewed here through the archives) and more than 700 tweets. The topics of posts and tweets covered a broad range of activities from early discussions of the need for particular tools to announcements of completed products. Others used the platform to discuss things like education and training, collaborative initiatives, gaps in tools or shared knowledge, or the activities involved in planning or carrying out projects.

Do you create, manage, or use digital archives? Would you like to participate? Well then, drop me a line at gretchen[.]gueguen[@]gmail[.]com with your contact info and I’ll add you to the list! You could contribute in a couple of different ways:

1. Create a blog post at http://dayofdigitalarchives.blogspot.com/ for the 12th of October about some aspect of your work with Digital Archives on that day. It could be a really specific exploration of a single activity on that day. Or it could be a broader topic not really related to that specific day (What kinds of tools you could really use to process a born-digital collection).

2. Write a post to your own blog similar to that described above and post a trackback to the Day of Digital Archives blog or let me know and I'll post a link to it.

3. Tweet throughout the day about your work with digital archives using the #DayofDigArc hashtag. Hope to hear from you soon!

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