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ArchivesGeekFest: the world’s first BarCamp for archivists?

June 5th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Meetings & Presentations, News

Next week I’ll be in Fredericton, New Brunswick for the Association of Canadian Archivists conference. I’ll be doing a session on Open Source Software for Archives as well as make a presentation to the Council of Provincial and Territorial Archivists about the BCAUL ICA-AtoM Pilot Project.

However, I am most excited about the ArchivesGeekFest which I helped to organize. I am happy to be proven wrong but I suspect that this may be the first ever BarCamp for archivists, or maybe the second if you count the Best Practices Exchange Conference (which seems like a great unconventional conference for information professionals that I’ve been tempted to attend but always too busy to schedule).

I was inspired to propose and organize ArchivesGeekFest after attending several BarCamp style events here in Vancouver, which has a great tech community, as well as the Access conference Hackfest in Victoria this past fall.

We’ve only got 16 registrants but my hope is that we’ll have enough fun and share enough ideas with this small group to inspire this to become a regular feature of the ACA conference (i.e. the ‘unconference before the conference’). In the end, BarCamps are about participation so its going to be up to all 16 of us to make something of it. If it doesn’t fly at least I’ve tried and I’ll always have the next Vancouver DemoCamp to look forward to.

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 benwbrum // Jun 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    A lot of us just came off of THATCamp last weekend — those folks may have some suggestions from recent experience on making this a success.

  • 2 Jeanne // Jun 6, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Yes yes.. THATCamp was great fun – take a look at http://www.THATCamp.org to see info about what was discussed a bit about how it was organized. You know I would be at ArchivesGeekFest if I could!

  • 3 peterVG // Jun 17, 2008 at 10:30 am

    THATCamp looks like a great event. Will have to keep it on the radar for next year.

    ArchivesGeekFest ended up being a great success. It’s already scheduled to be part of next year’s ACA conference and hopefully will become a permanent feature.

    The PowerPoint Kareoke was certainly the highlight. I also enjoyed the opportunity to speak freely and frankly about Archives IT projects, what works, what doesn’t, etc. with a group of like-minded peers. The conversation moved freely during and after presentations and jumped around from online finding aids to corporate ERDMS to computer installation art.

    Jim Suderman has posted some of his pictures on Flikr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23856763@N03/

  • 4 peterVG // Jun 17, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I’ve also posted the presentation slides from our ACA 2008 conference presentation, ‘Open Source Software for Archives’