National Archives Conference on Blogs and Wikis - and My Most Productive Hour
Marvin Kabakoff of the National Archives and Records Administration
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Marvin Kabakoff provided a useful context and introduction.
Record keeping has changed dramatically since the etching of records in stone to papyrus.
In the last 30 years we have seen a major changes in terms of what we keep and how we keep it. In the future, record keeping will change more rapidly.
We now have email, IM, blogs, wikis and other technologies.
We have concerns at archives in terms of how do we keep and maintain the public record. If someone sent an IM where did it go, and where was it saved.
The discussion of record keeping later evolved into a discussion of "What constitutes a record?"
Matt Kowalczyk's presentation (Click here for 3.
A NARA rep asked how and where we stored the
blog archive from the Liberty Project.
While some folks took comfort in the assessment that an OA could
be the material record, I pushed the conversation one leg further down
- connectedness - taking down a blog or wiki blows a hole in the knowledge network it is a part and
- distribution - parts of the blog or wiki record may have
distributed via RSS, search engines (and their caches), and email to
hundreds or millions of locations in the digital universe.
The group considered these points and considered it a Pandora's box
better suited to wait for NARA to release guidance on record keeping in
the context of blogs and wikis later this year.
Mark Levitt started his presentation by asking why we are so
tired at the end of the work day.
Levitt says we are moving from the ICE (Integrated
Collaborative Environment) age of the 1990s where applications were
central, asynchronous and operated in silos to the age of Contextual
We perform tasks within work processes.
The tasks require multiple applications and information sources. Users are exposed to the complexity and must context shift and interface shift constantly.
The interface shifting process, and the interruptions, slow down the knowledge worker.
Levitt finished by discussing how wiki's and blogs fit in the
enterprise context (high on knowledge management, high on ease of use)
and predicting that the lines between enterprise applications will blur
until we have a truly integrated, contextual application environment.
The talk reminded me of Jonathan Spira's line of reasoning about the high cost of interruptions (I'll spare the details, the cost is A LOT of time and therefore money) and the response from Luis Suarez.
I learned this lesson in the practical sense that very same day:
- While stuck in rush hour on the way to Boston, I caught up with all the overdue calls on my April list.
- While waiting for lunch at Finagle a Bagel, I opened my laptop
and breezed through roughly 600 RSS messages from our internal blog
which collected over the last two weeks.
Since I was stuck waiting, and disconnected from all my primary web
application environments, my distractions were managed for me.