ArbCamp 2008

ArbCamp 2008 is approaching at the speed of time. The topic “Publishing” is broadly framing this year’s event.

ArbCamp is an annual un-conference (BarCamp) of, for, and by folks who want to “build communities worth having” both online and off. Everybody who attends will collectively set the agenda for the conference, with food, meeting spaces, and a basic schedule provided.

Bring your friends.

When: October 18-19. 9AM – 5PM both days.

Where: Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College 4700 East Huron River Drive Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105 for more dirt.

Respect the Archivists

I have some old paper material to deal with. You might notice it if you look closely at the right side of my desk.

My hope is to finish going through the last 2ft of this in the next couple hours. I don’t expect to succeed.

See, many of the little bleached paper sheets here are also the articles and papers I kept from grad school. But it’s time they either serve a new purpose or get to know our local recycling program. Still, I like the topics and I keep getting drawn in.

One of the papers that stopped me as I tried to let it go, was written by one of my professors at the school, “Understanding Electronic Incunabula: A Framework for Research on Electronic Records” by Margaret Hedstrom. Not having known much about archives when I started at SI back in 1998, this was what alerted me to the awareness and forsight some were bringing to the archive field. This brought on the respect for the archivists that has only increased to this day.

ok, back to culling the stack.

Surfing bricks with clicks

The Google Consumer Response Tag + newer smart phones seem to be finally the right sort of combo to fulfill the vision of physical items leading to online information or webpages – first grasped at by the Cuecat, which was shipped to WIRED readers about 8 years ago.

I have an older Sony Ericsson that isn’t really up to efficient websurfing, so it’s not something I’ll try out now, but certainly a new opportunity space.