Last week, Sarah Robbins and I were in Rochester, NY, for the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) 2008 annual conference. We presented a 1/2 day workshop on Web 2.0 and how museums, historical societies, and other historical organizations can leverage social media. Here are the slides:
I love history and preparing for the conference made me realize how much more alive history can be with digital and social media. Knowing how much our past drives our present, the human race can gain much from understanding it better. With the digital and social media tools at our disposal today, anyone with Internet access can experience the past better and derive more insight from it.
As we got into the second half of our workshop, we switched to the user-generated content (UGC) approach to generate examples of the principles we were teaching. We had 28 people in the workshop representing 20 different organizations. Here are some of the cool examples that came out of our joint explorations: more