With the submission and publication of a whitepaper entitled “Archive 2.0: Imagining The Michigan State UniversityIsraelite Samaritan Scroll Collection as the Foundation for a Thriving Social Network,” the Archive 2.0 project team officially wrapped up the startup phase of their efforts today. Jim Ridolfo, graduate of Michigan State University’s Rhetoric & Writing program and Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati is the lead author of the report. Mike McLeod and Bill Hart-Davidson from WIDE are also authors on the report.
The whitepaper is one of the deliverables required by the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities, the agency that provided funding for the initial phase of work on the project. The whitepaper reports on the project’s origins and the history of both the Samaritan people and the collection of texts at the center of the project as well as the activities that took place over the nine month period of funding in 2008-09.
The paper notes that the title of the project – Archive 2.0 – is “more than simply adding the technological affordances of Web 2.0 to atraditional archive” it is also an opportunity for “reconsidering the very nature of anarchive, both what it is and what it does.” Ridolfo, McLeod, & Hart-Davidson lay out recommendations for what Archive 2.0 projects should aspire to, including
- consent from cultural stakeholder communities
- engagement with cultural stakeholder communities (when applicable)
- community-centered design in addition to user-centered design
- broad interdisciplinary collaboration with area specialists,special collections, university archivists, and usability/designexperts
- active use of the archive as a communications tool to establish new extra-institutional relationships
- a Sustainable Metadata Ecology
The team hopes to continue the work begun in the startup phase of the project, working on future efforts to realize these goals in connection with the Warren-Chamberlain archive of Samaritan texts at MSU and also with other cultural stakeholder communities.