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So my activity in this space has not proven to be very diligent in recent times. In 2014 I intend to change this.

One of the things I am looking to do is to prepare to apply for admission into a Master of Arts with Thesis. As part of this process I need to to do some reading and research. My intention is to reflect on that reading and research here as I go. This will act as a form of note taking but also might allow you gentle readers to give me pointers if you see something that might be of interest.

So the general form of the project at hand.

In my day job I am currently writing a Digital Preservation document and at the same time dealing with a platform (the NZETC a legacy Digital Humanities resource from before Digital Humanities was trendy) which is coming to the end of it’s viable life in it’s current form. By the end of the year the intention is to have transformed the NZETC into a newer and more robust platform.

This has raised my interest in the planning around resources like the NZETC. My rough idea for the MA is to do research into what planning has gone into the end life and life cycle of Digital Humanities projects/resources/platforms. My initial idea is that I will need to identify a number of such projects, contact the administrators and survey them around their plans.

I need to read even more around digital preservation, life cycle management, web site management, digital humanities research.

As the year goes and the research firms up in form I will post updates and also what I have been reading.

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LibWorldLife is certainly interesting at the moment for me. I have started up-skilling my web skills by doing the Certificate in Web Design through the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, so whilst studying I may miss a post here or there. Or I may not, as I really love this blogging thing. The editor-in-chief and myself are looking at picking up our house like turtles and moving it out to the acreage we have planted a few fruit trees on.  There’s no broadband out there except for the satellite wireless stuff. Not sure I could handle going back to dialup so decisions will need to be made.  🙂

Professionally I am digging the Kete thing, and can’t wait to get our one up and running. There are plans and plans, and I need to nail the boss to her chair for an hour and get a programme up and running. One of the parts which has got me curious to explore more is the Creative Commons licences associated with the Kete. Up until now I hadn’t had much to do with, or a reason to think about them, but with the Kete using them heavily I have had to get my head around them. I quite like them. I think they strike a great balance for those who wish to put their creative output out there.

In a bit of a segue, using the CC licence is LibWorld: Library Blogging Worldwide Edited by Christian Hauschke, Sarah Lohre, & Nadine Ullmann. By the terms of the licence I can download, share or even adapt, as long as I do so non-commercially and properly attribute. You can still purchase a hardcopy if you like. This is cool for the amount of work that has obviously gone into the work.

I downloaded this to read the chapter on New Zealand library blogs, written by Simon Chamberlain. What struck me was the danger in attempting to write and publish something on a topic as transient and developing like blogging. At the time of writing library blogging in New Zealand was fairly limited, so Simon had to bulk out his chapter with non library blogs. A number of the blogs mentioned have obviously folded with no content added in a while, and Simon’s own blog seems to be inactive. That being said it was an interesting read, I just think trying to write a book and then publish it was using the wrong format. Maybe somebody could develop the ITSig Wiki list of New Zealand blogs. It’s a great resource, that could do with some descriptive elements, and is missing a number of kiwi blogs. I would, but all my time looks booked for the next six months. . . 🙂 

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