Smithsonian Team Flickr Paper Final Revised.doc - Title Smithsonian Team Flickr A Library Archives and Museums Collaboration in Web 2.0 Space Authors

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Title Smithsonian Team Flickr: A Library, Archives, and Museums Collaboration in Web 2.0 Space Authors Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Institution Libraries; Effie Kapsalis, Smithsonian Photography Initiative; Katherine Spiess, Office of the Chief Information Officer; Anne Van Camp, Smithsonian Institution Archives; Michael Edson, Office of the Chief Information Officer Abstract The Flickr Commons was created as a forum for institutions to share their rich photographic collections with the emerging Web 2.0 audience of Flickr. The Smithsonian Institution was the fourth member of the Commons. The Smithsonian effort was a direct collaborative effort of the libraries, archives, museums, and information technology staff that generated new pathways for collaboration between these units. As the world’s largest museum complex, these Smithsonian units serve as a microcosm for collaboration in the information age. The Flickr Commons project provided insights into how the knowledge, skills, and abilities of libraries, archives, and museums (LAM) can converge in the Web 2.0 environment to provide collection access to new, and in some cases, unknown of audiences. Simultaneously, by putting “LAM” content into an environment that allows for direct interaction by these audiences, the knowledge of the content for holding institutions is enriched. By exposing Smithsonian content within the Flickr environment, the Institution is learning what content is desired by the Web 2.0 world, how to bring crowd-sourcing into professionally curated collections, and how to bring diverse institutional skills together in a collaborative project. Keywords Flickr; photography; Smithsonian; collaboration; libraries; archives; museums Contact Information Martin R. Kalfatovic Smithsonian Institution Libraries 10 th St. and Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20560 email: [email protected] tel: 202.633.1705 About the Authors Martin R. Kalfatovic is the Assistant Director, Digital Services Division at Smithsonian Institution Libraries. The Digital Services Division oversees the Libraries digitization efforts which include digital editions and collections, online exhibitions, and other website content. Current projects include work on metadata, standards, and intellectual property issues. He was the Smithsonian Institution Libraries lead on the Smithsonian Flickr Commons project. He is a frequent contributor of articles and reviews to various publications and the author of Creating a Winning Online Exhibition: A Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums (2002). He received is M.S.L.S. from The School of Library and Information Science, The Catholic University of America, in 1990. 1
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Effie Kapsalis, Program Manager, Smithsonian Photography Initiative Katherine Spiess, Director, Central Digitization Office, Office of the Chief Information Officer Anne Van Camp, Director, Smithsonian Institution Archives Michael Edson, Director of Web and New Media Strategy, Office of the Chief Information Officer 2
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