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About This Page

This page can be used by the workshop participants to provide information about yourself, including your interests, the topics you would like to see covered and what you hope to gain from the day.

Please note that we invite participants to add the latitude and longitude of their organisation to their person details (see Amanda Hill's entry). This will be used in a Google Maps mashup.


Feel free to add information about yourself below. Note that you can also add a new page for your own use by clicking on the Add a New Page link in the menu panel on the left, while viewing this page. Create a page with a name based on your first name and surname.

Brian Kelly
: I am a co-facilitator of the workshop and will give the opening talk on Web 2.0. I hope to gain a better understanding of the requirements of members of the Archives community and feedback on the talk I'll be giving and the exercises I've devised for the hands-on session.
You can also view my personal page.

Jane Stevenson: I am the Training Officer for the Society of Archivists' Data Standards Group and co-organiser of this workshop. I hope that this workshop will prove to be a successful means to introduce archivists to the concepts and practical application of Web 2.0 principles and tools. I would like delegates to go away feeling more comfortable with interacting with social software and willing to experiment and feedback to us.

Ian Thilthorpe: I am a Senior Manager with Tyne and Wear Museums responsible for a wide portfolio, including ICT and Web provision. I will be presenting a session in the afternoon on the EYE project at TWM. This is a collaboration with Newcastle University to enable people to add to the North East Environmental recording database through an on-line wikitoid system. I hope find out a bit more about how other people are working towards developing Web 2.0 technologies to engage with users.

Caroline Williams: I work at the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies running a postgraduate Master's programme for potential records managers and archivists - so I need to keep up with new developments in all areas of communication and information. But shortly I will be going to work at The National Archives, where wikis are likely to become an important source of information sharing with users, so I want to see what the potential for this might be too. Looking forward to it!

Lynda Barraclough: I am the Curator with the Endangered Archives Programme at The British Library. I'm interested in reaching audiences through Web 2.0 approaches and particularly in getting our project holders to communicate with each other and our researchers to communicate with me. Also, I'm just generally keen to be up-to-date with things that impact our profession.

Margaret Procter (University of Liverpool): I'm interested in social networking tools from a number of perspectives: both as a comunication and dissemination tool (and the launch of TNA's Catalogue wiki was particularly timely from the point of view of this workshop!), but also because of uncertainly about the extent to which wikis and blogs (etc) constitute records in their own right.

Paula Aucott (University of Portsmouth): I am a Senior Research Associate on the Great Britain Historical GIS Project team. As the creators of the popular "A Vision of Britain Through Time" website we are interested in how aspects of social software might be incorporated into our site.

Amanda Hill (Archives Hub: lat:53.46912, long:-2.233229): I am going to be talking about the Archives Hub's use of RSS and blogs at the event. I'm interested in the possibilities offered by social software for engaging with users and fellow professionals.

Judith Oppenheimer: I work as an editor and web copy writer (I left the archives profession when I returned to the UK from 22 years overseas). Everyone says 'Web 2 is coming... It's important... It's going to change the way we work.' But no one can actually tell you why or how, or suggest the uses of social software in a professional or business setting - although I suspect that Amazon and other shopping sites are good examples, for starters, with their facilities for customers to review books/products. Environment and conservation sites that enable users to contribute details on wildlife sightings etc. are another example. Anyhow, I'm coming along to see what it's all about and get some ideas. Plus, I'd like to work with the heritage sector and this looks a good opportunity to find out what's going on there. I'm coming down on the Virgin Pendolino service from Stafford on Tuesday morning - hope the train's on time. From Euston Station It's just a short walk to the South Camden Learning Centre.

Fran Baker: I work as an archivist at the John Rylands Library (University of Manchester). Half of my time is spent working on the Cairo Project, and I previously worked on the Paradigm Project - both collaborative initiatives focusing on the preservation of complex born-digital archives (personal archives in particular). The digital preservation community and developers of open-source software (like the Cairo tool we hope to produce) frequently make use of social software for sharing information, so I'm keen to learn more about it from this practical point of view. I'm also interested from an archival perspective: as individuals increasingly use social software like blogs, this kind of material will form an integral part of future archives, so digital archivists need to have a proper understanding of how it works, and of related issues like copyright and licensing.

Rachel Binnington: I work as free-lance archivist, records manager, and writer and am very interested in Web 2.0 as a cultural movement (especially when compared to its predecessor 1.0, the rise in self-publishing and blogging, and the issues such social networking tools raise around copyright, intellectual property, licensing, security, as well as advents in Open Source technology versus proprietary softwares. I'm London-based but work in the US occasionally.

Victoria Peters (University of Glasgow): I am working on a research project called ‘Empowering the User: the development of flexible archival catalogues’. I am keen to find out more about social software, particularly the best means of enabling users to add their own information or comments to an online catalogue.

Tim Groom (Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service): I am an archivist whose responsibilities include the maintenance and development of the Service's website and online catalogue. My main aim for the day is to discover which of the range of tools available are likely to be practicable for us to use.

Kathryn Summerwill (University of Nottingham): I am an archivist with responsibility for digital access, and like Tim I focus on our CALM online catalogue, our web resources, and e-learning. We are a small department and I am interested to find out if we could offer anything really useful to our users without too much input from us!

David Moore (National Library of Wales: lat. 52.41687, long. -4.068546): One of my duties as an archivist at NLW is to contribute to the development and maintenance of our website and online catalogue, and also to the Archives Network Wales website. NLW is keen to encourage user involvement on all levels, and our collections are founded on a multi-media approach, so we are very interested in finding out what social software has to offer. Sally McInnes is unfortunately unable to attend.

Anna Towlson (London School of Economics). Sorry about the late posting, but I’ve only just got back from a fortnight’s holiday! My main aim for the day is to get some practical experience of some Web 2.0 technologies and to learn how LSE Archives and its users could use these applications to share information about our collections and activities. Like Victoria, I’m particularly interested in exploring ways for users to add comments or information to a catalogue description.

David Hall (UK Data Archive, University of Essex). I am project managing the improvement of the ESRC Census Programme's web presence with the creation of a portal providing information, support and search facilities for six data units across the country. It is important to the success of the project that users consider it adds value for them to use the site, including submitting information about their work for others to view. We're actively looking at RSS, wiki and other functionality to encourage and enhance use.

Jone Garmendia (The National Archives): I am responsible for the training and communications programme for TNA's online catalogue. I'd like to learn some tips to help us deal better with issues raised by content submitted by users to wikis.

Emily White (Tate Archive): As one of the Archive Curators at Tate, my duties include both cataloguing and outreach. I am interested in Web 2.0 technologies both in terms of a new way of using our existing holdings and as a potential medium for archives that are being created now - and am all too aware that I don't know very much about it. So I'd like to get some basic knowledge of how the various technologies work, and maybe some ideas about what we can do with them.

Andrew Gent (Tate Library & Archive): I'm the Systems Administrator for the Department, running a Library Management System and CALM Archive / RM. I need to understand how Web 2.0 technologies are being used!

Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan (Consultant Archivist) It's almost midnight and I've spent the evening breaking in a new laptop so I'm debating whether I need more IT right now. However, this social software is pretty fundamental. It's how a whole generation now communicates and if we're not part of it we're doomed, both professionally and when dealing with our children. I need to know how practical these technologies are for reaching out to new audiences, especially when most services have so little cash. Are these highly accessible and seemingly cheap/free technologies good news or do they create a new set of headaches?

Bill Stockting (The National Archives): I am responsible for the TNA's catalogue and the Access to Archives database. I am very interested in how we reach our audiences and how we might gain access to thier expertise about our collections and feelings about our services, especially online. These technologies should help us do this.