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Tumblr sparks interest in National Archive documents

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The US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has figured out how to get people interested in historical and government documents: put them on Tumblr. 

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Worth considering for archives!

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Do not let our archives turn to dust, by Shula Marks via @MailandGuardian

Do not let our archives turn to dust, by Shula Marks via @MailandGuardian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
National records are vital to democracy, yet they are consistently neglected by the government, writes Shula Marks.

 

"Yet in the modern state we depend on written records for our human rights at the most basic level.

"Our governments need records to keep track of their decisions and transactions, as well as their outcomes. As citizens we need records to keep our governments accountable, register our land claims, protect our legal status and claim our pension rights. Indeed, public records are, as the International Records Management Trust proclaims, “fundamental to the concepts of democratic society”.

 

“In the absence of well-managed records,” it states, “information can be manipulated, citizens cannot prove unequal treatment and human rights violations become difficult to challenge. The people cannot make an informed contribution to the governance process.”

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National Archives extends its reach via social media

National Archives extends its reach via social media | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Pamela Wright, chief digital access strategist, describes how the public is helping the National Archives bring its content to the Internet via social media.

 

Wright and the National Archives staff took the lessons they learned from those pilot programs and developed new initiatives around social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. This led to the development of the Citizen Archivist Dashboard, which enlists members of the public who are interested in working with the National Archives to tag records in its online catalog or transcribe handwritten documents so they're easier to find online.

 

"What's great about social media tools is that they help government to really interact with the public in such a way that government becomes of, by and for the people," Wright said. "This is the first time that I've really felt that we have been able to work really directly with people online with a very low barrier to working with us."

 

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Social media bringing National Archives to homes - Archivística ...

Social media bringing National Archives to homes - Archivística ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY DAVID OLSON:

 

"[...] through Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter, the National Archives is showcasing some of its most compelling photos and documents to anyone with a computer. The hope is that some will be enticed to visit the 23,500-square-foot center.
“This is providing access to our records in a way that people currently expect to access records: online,” said Pam Wright, chief digital access strategist for the National Archives in Washington, D.C. “It’s about opening up and being more transparent, participatory and collaborative.”
The National Archives at Riverside — the official name of the regional archives center, even though it’s closer to Perris — is at the forefront of promoting its vast collection through social media."

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US National Archives director David Ferriero - Boston Globe

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By Bryan Bender

David Ferriero - "The man entrusted with America’s documentary heritage - including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution"

 

"Ferriero now directs the National Archives in Washington, the first librarian to hold the post of official “collector in chief.’’ He not only oversees 12 billion pages and 40 million photographs that tell America’s story, he referees release of America’s oldest secrets, from the formula for invisible ink to battle plans for the Spanish-American War.

He favors openness, he says, but agencies cling to a maze of often-contradictory secrecy rules and a deep-seated culture to lock away even innocuous information. “While progress has been made,’’ Ferriero said, “we still have a huge problem.’’

Ferriero’s primary job is ensuring the 275 executive branch agencies retain the most important government records for posterity.

But he also oversees the National Declassification Center, created by President Obama by executive order in 2009. That makes him point man for an aggressive effort to try to release, by the end of next year, a backlog of an estimated 400 million records that are more than 25 years old."

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