The event was held at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus, OH, which has nice space for events of this size. The event included sessions on digitization and other topics of interest to archivists. Participants came from across Ohio and even from as far away as Chicago!
I gave the plenary session entitled “What We Are Learning From Google & Flickr About Digitization and Partnership”. An excerpt of my slides is below. What I wanted to do was to get people to step back and think about what Google
As I reflect on the questions that were asked and the conversations that occurred later in the day, these thoughts come to mind:
- Collaboration is the way to go when thinking about digitization.
- Hooking up with a for-profit organization has its benefits, but we need to keep in mind that they are focused on profit, while we're focused on service.
- We all need to be aware of those for-profit organizations (e.g., Google and Flickr) that are working with non-for-profit organizations and what they are doing. This stuff does get reported in the news, on various web sites and in a number of blogs. We need to be seeing/skimming/reading the announcements.
- We need to be mindful of all that Google is doing. We blind ourselves to the company's power when we think of them as only a search engine.
- While Google in not the only search engine in the world, Flickr is also not the only photo-sharing service. Each service has its pros and cons.
- Google is challenging how we think about digitization (e.g., access vs. preservation, quantity vs. quality). It is important to know what is being sacrificed and what benefits are being received.
What We Are Learning From Google & Flickr About Digitization and Partnership
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