Classifications are familiar to all archivists: How would you describe yourself in three creative hashtags?
#PeaceLove&Metadata #GLAMWiki #AustraliaEurope
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?
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
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?
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.