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#webwise 2012

Last Thursday and Friday, I attended the WebWise Conference in Baltimore. This conference is annually hosted by IMLS and features presentations on digital projects from museums, libraries, and archives. What I love about WebWise is that their explicit goal is for you to take ideas that were presented (or ones you learned from meeting new people) and adopt them to your own institutions.

I really enjoyed most of the presentations, which is rare for me to say about a conference. Recordings of all the presentations should be posted on the WebWise site soon, so be sure to check them all out! The presentation I got the most out of was Ramesh Srinivasan on “Digital Collaborations Between Museums, Archaeologists, and Indigenous Peoples.” This presentation resonated the most with me because it is closely aligned with my research interests. Its inherent message was about how there are different ways of knowing and how diverse stakeholder communities can work together.

Ramesh was the last speaker of the last session, and sadly the conference room was noticeably much less full than the previous day. I created a storify of the tweets for anyone who missed out, but definitely watch the video when it’s up.

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    Speaking: Ramesh Srinivasan, UCLA Dept. of Information Studies #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:37:57
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    UCLA’s Ramesh Srinivasan: Museums and libraries are in a unique position to facilitate collaboration between expert communities. #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:39:13
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    Ramesh Srinivasan from ucla talking ab. the ways in which new media can help create new ways of working w/ collections and people. #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:39:29
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    There are sovereign diverse voices of communities associated with collections #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:39:34
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    Srinivasan speaking from a design background and as ethnographer #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:40:52
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    Ramesh lived & worked on 19 Native American reservations over span of ~2 years. Developed understanding of voices, networks, power #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:41:06
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    You don’t just dump projects on communities. Systems are built on different cultural understandings #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:42:41
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    How do you classify objects? Fluid ontologies #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:43:30
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    Explored how Zuni (Native American community) could be part of classifying objects. “What do you have to say about this object?” #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:46:38
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    Different stakeholders (curators, archaeologists, source communities) use different ontologies to describe the same object #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:47:44
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    Zuni tell stories about objects, they locate them around traditions. Local knowledge often doesn’t make it into databases. #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:47:59
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    Source communities differ in that they provide the story behind objects #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:48:12
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    Working on open source model to enable feeds to flow from 3 groups – archaeologists, curators, Zuni #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:49:51
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    Enjoying thoroughness @rameshmedia brought to thinking through overlapping issues of stories/metadata, ethics/protocols, community #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:51:17
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    Cultural protocols inform layers of the technical system #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:52:36
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    Collaborative catalogs exist in parallel #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:53:51
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    What is the emergent knowledge that gets produced through this process? #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:54:04
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    Learn more: digital-diversity.org #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:55:22
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    Collaboration sometimes means letting projects develop in parallel. We don’t always have to pick one winner. #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 11:57:57
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    Neat to see their grant proposal narrative up bit.ly/wlFj6n (pdf) MT @US_IMLS: @rameshmedia site: bit.ly/xv9ktK #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 12:00:41
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    Kevin Cherry: Please share, do something using what you’ve learned, and let us know what you’ve done. Send us an email. #webwise

    Fri, Mar 02 2012 12:20:07
 
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