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Christmas 2.0

2009 December 24
by Nicholas Gruen

Well we’re all winding down here, though I’m hoping to add a post or two before things wind down further.  As you probably know, the Taskforce formally ceases to exist on the 31st December. Most of the infrastructure of the Taskforce is in the process of being closed down. This blog will be staying open for reference and for any further discussion that arises on existing posts beyond the 31st December when the Taskforce ceases to exist. Taskforce members will have the option of publishing new posts if they choose. While the secretariat has disbanded, moderation will still be provided by AGIMO and any Taskforce members like me who receive feeds of comments on most posts and notice anything amiss. AGIMO have told me that they’ll keep you up to date with what is happening with the progress of the Report through government through regular posts.

But one of my treats for this morning was reading Rose Holley’s new piece on “Crowdsourcing and Social Engagement: Potential, Power and Freedom for Libraries and Users”.  Actually I’ve not yet read her paper, but have been through the slides which offer a great sampling of the crowdsourcing libraries and other institutions in the galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) sector have been up to.  (Actually there are other similar institutions, like botanical gardens of which Australia has at least two of the world’s greatest in Melbourne and Sydney, but where would you stick a ‘BG’ into GLAM?. . . . but I digress).

Anyway, I recommend it to you dear Gentle Readers 2.0 and wanted to put this thought in your head.  This Christmas if our own experience and statistics regarding the past are a reasonable source for generalising about the future you will have some spare time on your hands.  You may even be a bit bored.  So you could go to any of the sites mentioned by Rose in her presentation, and you could pass a little time at the same time as bringing a tad more joy to the world – you could make the world a touch better by the application of your time and intelligence.

All you need do is follow any or all of these links, have a look around and do a bit of volunteer work for your fellow human being.

And thanks to all for helping us on our journey this year. There were times when it looked like I’d have to go cap in hand to the Ministers who had set us our task to tell them we’d failed to get it done satisfactorily in time and to request an extension (In fact there had been informal discussions and the extension was there if we really needed it). But we did it, and judging from the reactions to our draft report, particularly from those around the world, we’ve got a great result.

So Merry Christmas one and all. As for the Happy New Year, I hope for that even more, but as far as this agenda is concerned, it’s over to the government – and you!

One Response
  1. 2010 January 13
    Rose Holley permalink

    Be warned the crowdsourcing sites are all very addictive – especially Galaxy Zoo. I got sucked in even when I was just going in to get some screenshots for the powerpoint.

    We have noticed a peak in text correction in Australian Newspapers over the christmas and New Year break as presumably many Australians seek a respite from the unrelenting 40 degree heat and sit inside in air-con doing things on their pc’s. Yesterday 54,000 corrections were made in the database by the public.

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