No, it’s not time for the Best Archives on the Web awards (coming soon–I promise!). No, I’m writing to solicit suggestions for what projects I should highlight in two upcoming presentations I’m giving on archives use of Web 2.0–one is a workshop at the Association of Canadian Archivists conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia in June (early bird registration closes on April 23–register now!), the other is a talk at the Brazilian Congress on Archival Science, sponsored by the Associação dos Arquivistas Brasileiros to be held in Santos, São Paulo in August. My talk for the Brazilian Congress will be published in the conference proceedings, and I am considering reworking it for submission to one of our esteemed professional journals.
So, since everyone is rushing around doing great projects and there’s no way I can keep track of everything, I want to make sure I know about the latest and greatest to highlight in the workshop (a day long this time!) and the talk (and maybe the article too). That’s where you come in. If your archives, special collection, or historical society (or one you know about) is doing something innovative with blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, podcasting, social tagging, mashups, mobile apps, or anything else social-media-y, let me know in the comments. What do I mean by innovative? Well, if you think it’s cool, then let’s say it qualifies. If you don’t want to brag in public or just want to keep it under wraps for now, send me an email at info [at] archivesnext.com. Since these events are outside the United States, I’m particularly interested in hearing about efforts in Canada and the rest of the English-speaking world. (Or, yes, outside the English-speaking world as well. There are web translators after all.)
And, of course, if you just want to make sure people know about your maybe-not-so-innovative-but-still-really-good blog, podcast, Flickr account, FB page, etc. please add it to the Archives 2.0 wiki.