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Digitization
New Chances for public archives
Dr. Joachim Kemper (Speyer)
Dr. Harald Stockert (Mannheim)
Digitization - New Chances for public archives
A) The Example of Mannheim
MAUD GmbH
Some facts about Mannheim
• About 290.000 inhabitents
• Located at the confluence of
the Neckar and the Rhine
• Former Res...
Mannheim
Mannheim: Castle
Mannheim: Water Tower
Mannheim: Collini-Center
Our mission
…we are the memory of the City Administration
of Mannheim
…we create identity and awareness about the
history ...
Digitazation
- Digitalization: Easier research, better prevention
Experience since 2001. First projects:
 400.000 Newspap...
Experiences in Digitazation (II)
- 300.000 Family Index Papers (1807-1900)
- 1.700.000 Registration Files (1900-1985)
- 1....
The City Archives as a service provider
2009 Opening of the Digitazation Centre Mannheim
New rooms
New scanners
New staff
...
The City Archives as a service provider
Staff: 3 salaried employees;
several freelancers
Hardware (selection):
- 6 Scanner...
Reference customers
New challenge: The foundation of MAUD GmbH
MAUD GmbH = Mannheimer Archiv-und Digitalisierungszentrum
Foundation: 27th May ...
The Circle of MAUD
MAUD
GmbH
Dividend
Founders and
Shareholders
Sponsoring
F.e.
- Publications
- Acquisition of
historical...
Rooms for Maud: a former dentist‘s surgery
Scanning with camera work stations
Books to be scanned in the storage
Conclusion: Archivists as entrepreneurs?
• More entrepreneurial attitude
• More competition
• More customer proximity
• Di...
Digitization - New Chances for public archives
B) The Example of Speyer
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
Department of cultural heritage Speyer (Germany): City
Archives, Museums (J...
Dusty Archival image?
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
Speyer („imperial cathedral“, founded 1030)
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
Speyer (burial site for
Salian, Staufer and
Habsburg kings and
emperors)
Speyer (medieval jewish court; museum)
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
• 50.000 inhabitants
• More than 1 million tourists per year
• 3.500 profes...
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
Jaques Chirac, Helmut Kohl (Speyer cathedral,
1986)
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
• Historical tradition
(imperial town Speyer),
oldest charter 1182
• Reside...
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
• Nevertheless: Little interest by researchers
and other users
• „Defensive...
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
• Situation 2010 (Speyer)
• Digitization (2011-2014), enabled by several
re...
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
• Social Media: Largest number of Web 2.0-
tools in Germany (for an archive...
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
• A real german „Archive
2.0“ does not yet exist
• „Archival (working-)
org...
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
• Social Media: Important addition to digitization
• Social Media: Showcase...
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
Showcase …
By bread alone you can
not live. There must also
be sausage and ...
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
• Social Media: series of conferences („Offene
Archive?“ – „Open Archives?“...
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
• Important part: digitization and presentation of
family history sources
•...
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
• Need for further online ressources, broader
digitization (civil registers...
Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
Thank you very much!
joachim.kemper@stadt-speyer.de
Twitter via @Jo_Kemper
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Vortrag von Harald Stockert (ISG - Stadtarchiv Mannheim) und Joachim Kemper (Abt. Kulturelles Erbe Speyer) auf dem ICA-Kongress "Archives and Cultural Industries", Girona, 11. bis 15. Oktober 2014 (2nd Annual Conference "ICA", 9th European Conference on Archives").

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Digitization - New Chances for public archives

  1. 1. Digitization New Chances for public archives Dr. Joachim Kemper (Speyer) Dr. Harald Stockert (Mannheim)
  2. 2. Digitization - New Chances for public archives A) The Example of Mannheim MAUD GmbH
  3. 3. Some facts about Mannheim • About 290.000 inhabitents • Located at the confluence of the Neckar and the Rhine • Former Residence of the Electoral Palatine • Nowadays modern city with industrial, academic and services focus
  4. 4. Mannheim
  5. 5. Mannheim: Castle
  6. 6. Mannheim: Water Tower
  7. 7. Mannheim: Collini-Center
  8. 8. Our mission …we are the memory of the City Administration of Mannheim …we create identity and awareness about the history of our city
  9. 9. Digitazation - Digitalization: Easier research, better prevention Experience since 2001. First projects:  400.000 Newspaper clippings  100.000 Photos  30.000 Posters, cards and plans
  10. 10. Experiences in Digitazation (II) - 300.000 Family Index Papers (1807-1900) - 1.700.000 Registration Files (1900-1985) - 1.000 Registers of Births, Mariages and Deaths (1870-1983)
  11. 11. The City Archives as a service provider 2009 Opening of the Digitazation Centre Mannheim New rooms New scanners New staff Type of Business: Betrieb gewerblicher Art (BGA)
  12. 12. The City Archives as a service provider Staff: 3 salaried employees; several freelancers Hardware (selection): - 6 Scanners for books (A1, A2, A3) - 1 Scanner for posters (A0) - 2 Document Scanners (A4) for index cards
  13. 13. Reference customers
  14. 14. New challenge: The foundation of MAUD GmbH MAUD GmbH = Mannheimer Archiv-und Digitalisierungszentrum Foundation: 27th May 2014 Main Shareholders: • ISG-Freunde • Mannheimer Architektur- und Bauarchiv
  15. 15. The Circle of MAUD MAUD GmbH Dividend Founders and Shareholders Sponsoring F.e. - Publications - Acquisition of historical documents - Hardware
  16. 16. Rooms for Maud: a former dentist‘s surgery
  17. 17. Scanning with camera work stations
  18. 18. Books to be scanned in the storage
  19. 19. Conclusion: Archivists as entrepreneurs? • More entrepreneurial attitude • More competition • More customer proximity • Digitazation as milestone towards a public digital archive • A possible answer to budget reduction • Higher cost recovery for a public institution • … And last but not least: • More willingness to think things new.
  20. 20. Digitization - New Chances for public archives B) The Example of Speyer
  21. 21. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives Department of cultural heritage Speyer (Germany): City Archives, Museums (Jewish museum), Memorial places. • New archival „label“ • New technologies – digitization and online ressources, web 2.0 • Challenge to revise the „dusty“ archival image?
  22. 22. Dusty Archival image?
  23. 23. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
  24. 24. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives Speyer („imperial cathedral“, founded 1030)
  25. 25. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives Speyer (burial site for Salian, Staufer and Habsburg kings and emperors)
  26. 26. Speyer (medieval jewish court; museum)
  27. 27. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives • 50.000 inhabitants • More than 1 million tourists per year • 3.500 professional sightseeing tours • And (former chancellor)…
  28. 28. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives Jaques Chirac, Helmut Kohl (Speyer cathedral, 1986)
  29. 29. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives • Historical tradition (imperial town Speyer), oldest charter 1182 • Residence of the highest court of the Holy Roman Empire (Reichskammergericht)
  30. 30. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives • Nevertheless: Little interest by researchers and other users • „Defensive“ archival strategy, absence of digitization • Somehow typical german? Do I need an archival homepage at all?
  31. 31. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives • Situation 2010 (Speyer) • Digitization (2011-2014), enabled by several research projects (European Union; German Research Community), own activities, public- private projects. • Good experiences (Munich) …
  32. 32. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
  33. 33. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives • Social Media: Largest number of Web 2.0- tools in Germany (for an archive,-)) • For instance: Facebook, Twitter (several accounts), Flickr, Pinterest, video channel, slideshare) • Six different blogs …
  34. 34. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
  35. 35. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
  36. 36. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
  37. 37. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives
  38. 38. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives • A real german „Archive 2.0“ does not yet exist • „Archival (working-) organization 2.0“, e.g. … Dashboards (tweetdeck), chats, project-tools …
  39. 39. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives • Social Media: Important addition to digitization • Social Media: Showcase for digital activities and presentations …
  40. 40. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives Showcase … By bread alone you can not live. There must also be sausage and ham.
  41. 41. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives • Social Media: series of conferences („Offene Archive?“ – „Open Archives?“, 2012, 2014, next year )
  42. 42. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives • Important part: digitization and presentation of family history sources • Palatine region (Speyer-region): emigration in the 19th century, especially to the United States • E.g. church registers (online, digitized)
  43. 43. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives • Need for further online ressources, broader digitization (civil registers since the beginning of the 19th century) • Lot of work also for archival staff • Answer (inter alia): Cooperation inside „Janus“ (project; Ancestry; MAUD), to digitize and index our older registers
  44. 44. Digitization – New Chances for Public Archives Thank you very much! joachim.kemper@stadt-speyer.de Twitter via @Jo_Kemper

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