A Tale of Two Seminars

An interesting thing about being both a professional archaeologist and an information manager is that I have to keep up with a wider range of subjects than if I only worked in one area. 

As I walked to the tube after the latest NetIKX (The Network for Information and Knowledge Exchange) seminar I put iTunes onto shuffle and the lyric ‘open up your eyes’ came on and it seemed quite appropriate. Also being less than 11 words I now know that I’m safe from infringing copyright as this was the subject of the event and being new to this area rather apt. I’d also been asked to write a review for Information Today Europe so which you can read on their website (www.infotoday.eu/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/The-future-of-copyright-82730.aspx) so I’m not going to repeat that here instead this is a more personal commentary. Two excellent speakers Charles Oppenheim and Emily Goodhand looked at the recommendations of Hargreaves Review of copyright and recent cases. So why 11 words? Well a recent case ruled that 11 words constituted a major portion of a newspaper article, however the Hargreaves review recomends new exemptions for quoting including blogs as well as parody and pastiche, (which this isn’t whatever you may think of my writting style). The results of the Hargreaves Review are very positive moving rights back in the direction of users although some recent cases have continued a trend in the opposite direction. 

By contrast the seminar at UCL on Barriers to Participation in Archaeology Online (www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/calendar/articles/20120522) had more speakers and just as much lively discussion. Again I’m not going to go into detail as this was videoed and a Storyfy is available [View the story “UCL Workshop on ‘Barriers to Participation with Archaeology Online'” on Storify]. The event was also heavily tweeted using the #digipubarch tag. I’d written a paper on this subject in 2003, much has changed since then, social media in particular but others issues remain, in particular large corporate organisations struggling to keep up and engage with the technology available to them as well writing for the web being different from other publications.

Both events also had similarities, I caught up with people I knew, made new connections and both finished with a whine reception. Maybe the sectors aren’t as different after all.


About martininfoman

Information Manager specialising in the heritage sector and Archaeologist. This blog is about all things concerned with the curation of information about the historic environment and wider issues around IT, data, information and knowledge management. Full Member of the Institute for Archaeologists and the BCS, and a CILIP chartership candidate. All views are personal. Twitter: @MartinInfoMan
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