Dave's funny and informative presentation was born out of solid research on participatory networks, done with Joanne Silverstein and Scott Nicholson. All three teach at Syracuse University. Dave hits his first key point very early -- knowledge is created through conversations. What we have in our libraries, museums and archives are materials that help fuel those conversations. Our spaces hosts conversations. And we often facilitate the conversations.
We tend to present things to our uses -- a web page, a digitized collection, a book -- and think that we're done, but we're not. If we want to help them learn and build knowledge, we need to help them interact with and talk about the materials, whether that be online or face-to-face conversations.
Two other thoughts from his presentation:
- People need to be active constructors of their knowledge.
- They (the users) want tools that allow and facilitate conversation and participation.
I am not sure how many people are at this meeting (less than 100), but I've already had two good conversations about digitization. Very cool! Tomorrow I'm speaking on Second Life (not digitization) as part of a panel with Christine Dowd (Apple, Inc.) and John Weber (Skidmore College). The panel topic is "The Future is Here: Technology Trends and Opportunities."
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