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Calling All Citizen Archivists

by on April 26, 2010


The National Archives is planning to launch a public wiki that will allow users to participate on our website.  We need your help in developing an “Archives Wiki.”  This project will be similar to the UK Archives’ “Your Archives.”  Check out this wiki and let us know what you think you would want in your own Archives wiki.

We believe the only way this project will be successful is if we work hand-in-hand with citizen archivists to develop and maintain it.  Are you a researcher, genealogist, historian, or consider yourself a citizen archivist?  If so, please consider getting involved in shaping our Archives wiki.  We need your ideas, enthusiasm, and dedication to make this possible.  Also, we need your ideas for a name.  You should hear the non-creative ideas floating around here: NARAtors, NARApedia!  Please, help save us from our Federal government stuffiness!  What do you think the name should be?

We will be hosting an organizing meeting in May, but in the meantime we’re gauging interest in helping us develop the community and initial pages to populate for launch. Send us an email at socialmedia@nara.gov to let us know if you’re interested.

Interested in learning more about citizen archivists?  Check out what the Archivist of the United States has to say on his blog, AOTUS: Collector in Chief.


Comments

The National Archives Wants You | The Genealogy Geek April 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm

[...] U.S. National Archives is sending out the call for anyone who considers themselves a “…researcher, [...]

Richard Bruns April 26, 2010 at 11:01 pm

I’m a family researcher and genealogist for my family. I have been doing this for 20+ years. Would love to be involved with your project.

ResearchBuzz » Morning Buzz — April 27, 2010 April 27, 2010 at 6:06 am

[...] is looking for “citizen archivists” for help in developing a [...]

Dae Powell April 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Just don’t name it “The People’s Pedia”

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Keri O’Donnell April 28, 2010 at 8:20 am

I am interested in working on this project as well. I agree no stuffy names.

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Jill May 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Thanks for your interest in the wiki! We hope you’ll be able to join us for our first organizing meeting on Friday, May 7th at 1 pm (Eastern Time) — either in person or via teleconference. More details are included in this NARAtions post: http://blogs.archives.gov/online-public-access/?p=1558.

Thanks!
Jill (Admin)

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