Collections Information Policy – in draft

As mentioned a few weeks back, I’ve been working on a Collections Information Policy for Archives and Special Collections here at the University of Huddersfield.

I now have a draft which is out to consultation including from the wider professional community.

Please feel free to comment!


Survive or Thrive

No, not a dodgy reality gameshow but a conference on “making the most of your digital content” run by JISC and UKOLN.

At the time of writing it doesn’t look as though the speakers’ presentations are available online (either as video or slides) yet – I’ll post the links when available, as some of the sessions were particularly inspirational and/or thought provoking.  One already available: Mike Ellis who put his slides on slideshare immediately, and whose presentation is well worth a look.

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I survived…

Just back from two days (well, a day and a half in my case) at the Survive or Thrive conference run by JISC/UKOLN.  I want to reflect a bit more on the themes and the content of the conference, so that’s a post for another day.

Today’s post is just to reflect the laptop : smartphone : iPad : no device visibly in use ratio from day 1

27 : 4 : 1 : 22

And this wordle perhaps gives a flavour from the day 1 keynote and other scene-setting papers of the conference

SorT conference wordle

SorT conference wordle

25 things week 5: tagging, and technorati is really useful to me at a practical, personal level – I use two browsers at work (although one is better than the other, the other one works better with wisdom…) and then also at home. Part of me loves the free form, unstructured nature of tagging – and the information manager part wonders what is lost by not combining it with something more structured?!  It’s the old information thesaurus construction story “learning USE education, formal”.

which is to be master?

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(Treasure) Trove

Really impressed by the new aggregated search Trove from the National Library of Australia

I’ve had a very quick play with it and have been able to find easily sources for part of my family history (I know….).  It’s a very attractive site, and seems intuitive to use.  Am simultaneously marvelling and grateful at the underpinning standards for description and indexing which has made this possible.  no doubt will find some holes but very impressed.

Here’s a picture of some initial search results:

trove initial search results