Scholarly Collaboration and Small Colleges in the Digital Age

January 12, 2008

I’m in Claremont, CA (Pomona College) attending a NITLE workshop on collaboration in the Digital Age.  Wow!  I’ve seen and heard about some great things going on “out there.”

The one that excited me most, since I can see an immediate use, is using a wiki to make a resource available online. Michael Tinkler and I have been talking about collaborating on a book about the campus building.  The wiki seems like the perfect way to attack it.  I can start it with the information I currently have as a static webpage. I envision adding a timeline, and pictures of each building.  I could possibly have more than one picture, looking at different time periods.  Michael and his students could then add more information as is it discovered. I suspect it would be best to restrict revisions to those in Michael’s classes, but we would need a way to get input from alums and the community.  I’m already thinking of other resources to handle this way.

My thanks to John Anderies and Robert Kieft of Furnam University for their presentation, “Creating the Digital Dictionary of Quaker Biography: The Wikification of a Hallowed Reference Source.”

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One Response to “Scholarly Collaboration and Small Colleges in the Digital Age”

  1. Kate Says:

    I’m hoping to, at some point, get a similar resource off the ground at my place of work. Aside from the obvious benefits of creating and making this information available in this way (a sort of DU-pedia), giving alumni, students, the community access to add information to this resource would be a fantastic way to reinforce the sense of community among alumni, improve and strengthen town-gown relations, to remind people that their individual stories are an important thread in the tapestry of their institution’s history. A by-product of that is that it would likely make the job of the university’s development/endowment departments far easier, and if it was a project of the special collections/university archives, improve the archives’ visibility within the institution and the community.

    So, what I’m laboring to say is, fantastic idea! Even better if all the university archives out there could band together and begin to create some sort of college history wiki, but first things first…

    Let me know how your project is going!


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