living archive workshops part 1,2,3
Living Archives workshop part02
saturday january 28, 2006
Living Archives are collections of text, maps, audio, video and other media generated by our projects and research that are catalogued and made useful and accessible in the long term, both to those who originate the material and to others.
Living archives are of public interest, providing material or documenting events and processes that are otherwise invisible to official sources of historical and archival authority. They are also subjective, specific to the practices of each group, individual and project which produces and
catalogues the material in the archive.
By sharing simple technical standards and techniques, developing technologies, tools and practices in a collaborative way, it becomes possible to turn a collection of idiosyncratic archives into a public information infrastructure. This interlinked active archive could be
considered as a federation of independent projects with shared active archives, something that already exists in fragments on the Internet.
The first meeting introduced some interested people and groups to each other, and sketched out some of the projects initially under discussion about their archives and needs.
This second meeting will be more pragmatic in focus; using the set of problems and discussion points the group developed during the first workshop, we will try to refine shared definitions and intentions, then move quickly on to what we are actually going to do about it.
A wiki page has been set up for this (and the last) workshop and you are invited to add ideas, comments, agenda items and preliminary discussions here : twenteenthcentury.com/uo/index.php/LivingArchives
11:00 - 11:30 introductions & re-introductions plus a lightning q&a session to help everyone understand confusing terminology and concepts.
11:30 1:30pm - 20 minutes on each topic:
Start now! The links below each topic links to a page where you can add to the description, start discussions, leave links and other information.
* Access: meaning both physical and digital, to data and to metadata,addressing multiple modes of access (web, TV, radio,
* Interchange: formats and metadata standards, ways of sharing information and intention, skills and techniques as well as data.
* Annotation and re-annotation: ways of adding and editing metadata: keywords or categorisations and re-categorisations, translations and semantic associations to data.
* Provocation: intention, the reason for making the archive and activating it, also provocation, feedback, reaction.
* Sustainability: mitigating risks to archives that are dependent on independent projects, how do archives survive their projects/organisations? How is access provided and maintained?
* Legal aspects: Is this important now, or something to worry about later (reactively), ownership, legacy, remuneration, collective and individual ownerhsip of material in archives, lisencing etc.
13:30 - 14:30 LUNCH
14:30 - 16:30pm: What next?
We have some familiarity with each other's practices from these meetings, and we have already fleshed out some aspects of what we mean by Living Archive (or whatever term we use), this afternoon is our chance to actually decide to do something about it. Urgent questions to start
asking here are:
* What existing prototypes and projects might we use?
* What are the most basic requirements of a shared system we can specify?
* What time comittments might we be able to make to a shared project?
* What costs might be involved, how might we meet those as a group
* What potential partners are there that might help with such a project?
17:00 END OF WORKSHOP