Thursday, June 12, 2014
Great day June 10
What a great day we had on June 10, 2014, celebrating International Archives Day with the Twitter event #WW1archives! Lots of archives, liraries, museums, other heritage organisations and tweeps participated, tweeting about the First World War in their archives or private collections.
#WW1archives Day started in New Zealand and Australia with at least seven organisations and tweeps tweeting about the Great War in their archives and collections. Other participating countries followed, most of them in Europe (we counted 14 twittering organisations in The Netherlands, but the UK and France were leading on tweets), but also in South-Africa and the Middle-East. And the last countries that joined #WW1archives were the America's and Canada, who also did a great job.
Almost 1,000 users did more than 2,000 tweets and retweets with a potential reach of almost 1,600,000 and over 5,300,000 impressions.
We enjoyed the documents, pictures, objects and all kinds of resources. It's amazing to see what a treasures we keep in our archives and collections! And we saw a lot of data bases to search for soldiers and refugees. Good work!
We also saw private persons who made wonderful projects or stories of their search for ancestors who were soldier of refugee in the Great War, and persons who shared their privat collections of, for instance, magazines or postcards. Thanks for your special contributions!
We made some statistic reviews on the use of the hashtag #WW1archives using the tool Keyhole:
1. 2014-06-11 Social Monitor #ww1archives - Keyhole - overview
2. 2014-06-11 Social Monitor #ww1archives - Keyhole -media
We archived tweets in three Storify's:
1. Documentes about the Great War 1914-1918
2. Pictures of the Great War 1914-1918
3. Online resources about the Great War 1914-1918
We hope you enjoyed participating #WW1archives! The idea to tweet about the First World War in archives and collections came from Thomas Wolf from SIWI-archives in Germany. Do you have an idea for a next international Twitter event on @FollowAnArchive and @AskArchivists? Please let us know. Thanks to you all for making #WW1archives Day such a great archives event, to show all the resources we keep for people to investigate and make the discovery of their live!
Charlotte and Anneke
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Twitter event on June 10, 2014
In 2014 International Archives Day (June 9) falls on Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday. Most archives are closed that day. So we decided to organize the annual Twitter event on Tuesday, June 10.
World War I – 1914-2014
The German archivist Thomas Wolf from SIWI-archives came up with a good idea: let’s pay attention to the beginning of the First World War or The Great War, that began 100 years ago in 1914.
The Great War in archives
We ask all archives and other heritage organizations to search their collections for documents related to the First World War 1914-1918. Even countries that were neutral during the Great War, can perhaps find some records about, for instance, aid to refugees, or military or financial support to soldiers, families, countries in need.
Subjects to look for and tweet about
Archival documents, records, newspapers, pictures, drawings, postcards, paintings, etc. about:
- Families and loved ones of soldiers
- Aid / Support
- War cemeteries
- History before, during, after 1914-1918, all related to the First World War
Join @AskArchivists and @FollowAnArchive on #WW1archives Day on Twitter, June 10, 2014.
In due time you will find more information on the two blogs http://askarchivists.wordpress.com/ and http://followanarchive.blogspot.nl/ .
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Selfie? Shelfie? #Archiveshelfie!Tweet: Hey,
This tweet was the beginning of great fun in archives! Archivists of the Dutch Regionaal Archief Tilburg came up with this fantastic idea as a follow up of #shelfie (a picture or portrait of your bookshelf). They thought: “Why not a picture or portrait of your favorite archive shelf?” And so #ArchiveShelfie was born.
Archivists and visitors of archives came up with awesome pictures. Not only shelves with boxes, papers and all other kinds of archival stuff were recorded on camera, but also minuature archivists made of paper or Lego, and even an archive dwarf, showed up.
And of course archivists photographed them selves in, near, over, between, behind, in front of and on top of shelves and even under or on top of archives
You can see all this amazing pictures in the Storify of #ArchiveShelfie.
The event #ArchiveShelfie is still going on and will be for as long as it takes. So… join the event and be creative with yourselve, your shelves and your archives!
Thanks to the collegues of the Regionaal Archief Tilburg, who started this event on Twitter, for coming up with such a great idea!
Have lots of fun making your own #ArchiveShelfie!
Articles about the Twitter event #ArchiveShelfie
Weblog RA Tilburg
Jojanneke on Storify
Karen on Storify
SABC Media Libraries
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
|On of the first pictures of the destroyed city archives of Cologne. Author: F. Domahs, 2009.|
Archives are a fantastic resource for us all. They help us grow in knowledge and understanding of past and present. They empower us to investigate the history we need and the stories we care about. Archives are necessary.
But not all archives are well
On March 3 2009, the city archives of Cologne in Germany collapsed and with it thousands of documents belonging to one of the oldest city archives in Europe. Holdings reached back to 1408/09 and the oldest document stored was from 922. A huge part of the archives was buried by the collaps. About 40.000 charters, collection of photo and film as well as some of the iconic medieval documents and a collection of seals were saved.
To rebuild or not to rebuild?
But although part of the collections have been saved, the municipality has recently decided to freeze the build of a new city archives. A decision, which has been critized by both the German Association of Archivists (VdA) as well as ICA, the International Council on Archives.
Let's support all archives in need
But we are almost certain, that there are a lot of archives in the world, which also need attention. Archives threatened by for instance consequences of climate change, lack of appropriate facilities or other negative influences.
#savearchives on June 9th
Hopefully our attention and support can help #savearchives!
Storify #IAD13 and #savearchives made by Karen du Toit, senior archivist at SABC in South Africa.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
WE REALLY WANT GOOGLE TO PICK UP ON THIS – SO PLEASE HELP US PROMOTE THE IDEA!
In 2011 and 2012 we celebrated International Archives Day on June 9th by doing a worldwide #AskArchivists / #FollowAnArchive event on Twitter. We would like to do it again – if archives and archivists support the idea. But this year we would like the day to be extra special.
During the past years, Google has used variations on their logo to draw attention to people and causes worth noticing. Among the doodles are little works of art highlighting things as different as New Year, Chaplins Birthday, Opening of the Arcropolis Museum, Singapore Art Festival and National Library Week. But it seems, that there has never been an doodle on archives.
So why should archives deserve a place on the worlds largest search engine?
1) Archives contain the unique written memories of the world. Our collections are diverse, and contain records on paper, electronic records, sound, pictures and much more. But regardless of form, they are a vital part of our heritage.
2) Archives play a vital part in democracy. Without archives, the world would face immense difficulties in reconstructing our political, economic, social, national, local – or personal – history with a sufficient credibility.
3) Archives are for all. When conducted in accordance with the ICA code of ethics, archives ensure, that our history becomes diverse and open to a variety of interpretations: “Archivists should promote the widest possible access to archival material and provide an impartial service to all users.”
4) Archives provide resource for academic researchers and students, but they are also a fountain knowledge for all, and support livelong, self-directed learning. Whether driven by interest in local history, genealogy or other topics, archives are a place, where thousands of non-scholars gain new knowledge, skills and competences.
5) Google itself is in many ways related to archives, providing access to informations and helping people search and find what they need to grow in knowledge.
So please Google, help us celebrate the content and mission of archives all over the world on June 9th which is the International Archives Day.
HELP GOOGLE WITH IDEAS FOR AN #ARCHIVESDOODLE
We all can help Google with ideas for an archives doodle! What do you think are specific ingredients for an archives doodle? Draw them, make a picture of them or write it down. Tweet your ideas from June 1 untill June 8 with the hashtag #archivesdoodle.
Will International Archives Day on June 9 be celebrated with a Googledoodle?
Yes! We think archives earn a googledoodle on International Archives Day, June 9!
#archivesdoodles created by archivists
We got some real cool #archivesdoodles created bij archivists to inspire Google to do a googledoodle on International Archives Day June 9.
In the blogpost you will find two of them: on top an #archivesdoodle made by Charlotte S.H. Jensen (National Archives / National Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark), and at the end of the blogpost an #archivesdoodle made by Thomas Wolf (SIWI Archives, Siegen, Germany).
Thomas made another one, a happy archivist in special designed #achivesdoodle grey working coat :-) :
And a Thomas made also a beautiful picture of all the ingredients of an #archivesdoodle:
We received two excellent #archivesdoodles from Bradley Headland (National Archives, Canberra, Australia). Number one:
and number two:
Charlotte Whitehead (archivist Bredon, Glos., United Kingdom) made a colorfull #archivesdoodle in code:
Now we wait and see if Google had enough inspiration to create a googledoodle to celebrate International Archives Day on June 9!
Friday, September 7, 2012
"NO!", is our first response when people ask: Do you have beasts in your collections or depots? Of course not! We keep our depots very clean and take very good care of our heritage collections! No mice, no spiders, no flies, no rats, no silverfishes, no fleas, no bookworms, we don't give them any chance to creep in our collections and depots.
World fauna in our collections
That's what we think. But... we DO have lots of beasts in our collections and depots! Think of the huge seamonsters on oceanmaps, the very precise drawings of insects in fauna books, the sweet pictures of cats in albums amicorum, the loyal dogs at the feet of our rulers on paintings and sculptures. We have the entire fauna of the world in our collections!
World Animal Day, October 4th
On October 4th each year, we celebrate World Animal Day. Let's dive into our collections to search for colourful fishes. Let's make a safari tour through our depots to catch wild animals. Let's have a stroll through all the bookshelves to discover beautiful insects that hide there. Let's have a great flight through our storagerooms and catch up with some amazing birds. Make a silent tour at night to spot the very rare unicorn. And let's show all the animals we find in our depots and collections to the world on World Animal Day!
Twitter event #heritagebeasts
On October 4th, World Animal Day, Follow An Archive and Ask Archivists will organize a Twitter event: #heritagebeasts. We invite all heritage institutions to join us! So we ask the organizers of Follow A Museum, Follow A Library, Ask A Curator, Follow Heritage to join in and spread the word about #heritagebeasts to your followers!
Join #herigagebeasts at October 4th!
Of course all people are welcome to join the Twitter event #heritagebeasts on October 4th! Create a Twitter account and tweet the beasts in your favourite collection!
Let's have a beastly good World Animal Day on October 4th with the Twitter event #heritagebeasts!
Tweets about "#heritagebeasts"