SESSION 107 - What Happens After “Here Comes Everybody”: An Examination of Participatory Archives

Aug 25, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Event Location: Columbus E/F


Dr. Robert B. Townsend (Chair & Commentator)
Deputy Director
American Historical Association

Kate Theimer
Exploring the Participatory Archives

Dr. Elizabeth Yakel
University of Michigan
Credibility in the Participatory Archives

Alexandra Eveleigh
University College London
Crowding Out the Archivist? A British Perspective on Participatory Archives


Many archivists believe the key to the success of our profession in the future lies in effectively harnessing the participatory culture of the Web. But what does it really mean to be a “participatory archives”? The speakers provide a definition and examples of participatory archives, discuss the latest research on the impact of user participation on authenticity, reliability and credibility, and share research about user collaboration efforts at the National Archives (UK).


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