„Drei Fragen an…“ Liam Wyatt – Vorschau Offene Archive 2.3 (16)

Frage 1:
Classifications are familiar to all archivists: How would you describe yourself in three creative hashtags?

Liam Wyatt:
#PeaceLove&Metadata  #GLAMWiki  #AustraliaEurope

Frage 2:
Archivists belong to a rare species often associated with a life of windowless stack-rooms and complex access rights: How do you perceive the contact to archives, what do you enjoy, what bothers you?

Liam Wyatt:
My perception of contact with reference desk enquiries at archives is in two different forms…

1. If I make a request through the official system: I must register an account; provide ID, location and contact details; explain my question; explain any related research I’ve done on the topic; justify why my question is worthy; submit my enquiry; receive an auto-reply with a queue number; wait; receive a response email through a ticket-request system software that doesn’t answer my question but asks several more; repeat twice; get answer.

2. If I ask through social media: Ask question; receive answer

Frage 3:

We currently find ourselves in the biggest media revolution since the invention of the printing press: If you could make a wish for archives in the digital world, what would it be?

Liam Wyatt:

My inner intellectual-property geek would like to see the copyright system we currently have replaced by the model that is used for Plant Variety Protections – also known as Plant Breeders Rights.

1. any non-commercial usage of protected varieties is not an infringing use;

2. registering for protection of a new plant variety based on versions of other peoples‘ protected plant varieties (a derivative work) does not require a license from those people;

3. the rights are not conferred automatically but by registration by sending a physical specimen to the registration office;

4. the trigger date for the start of the protected period of time is not the first publication but the first commercialisation; and,

5. the operation of the system are harmonised to one worldwide system – not different and contradictory national system.

Imagine if Copyright worked like that! The great irony is that, many of these ideas would seem implausibly radical were it not for the fact that they are currently in place and working without controversy to great effect in a different IP area.

Elisabeth Steiger

Elisabeth Steiger hat Germanistik und Europäische Ethnologie/Volkskunde an der Universität Würzburg studiert und arbeitet am Cologne Center for eHumanities (Universität zu Köln) und für das International Centre for Archival Research (ICARUS). Außerdem ist sie als Journalistin und Redakteurin tätig. Sie bloggt unter: co:op, Archive2.0, UniBloggT, Archivum Rhenanum – Archives numérisées du Rhin supérieur / Digitale Archive am Oberrhein, Pfälzische Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften und Geschichte Bayerns.

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2 Gedanken zu „„Drei Fragen an…“ Liam Wyatt – Vorschau Offene Archive 2.3 (16)“

  1. zu Frage 2: Polemik.
    Der „offizielle“ Weg der Anfragen bei (deutschen) Archiven ist heute: Anfrage per E-Mail ans Archiv, Antwort per E-Mail an den Anfragenden. Ob die Antwort schnell und qualifiziert erfolgt, hängt nicht vom Informationskanal ab.

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