350MC Research Presentation

Title: Does Archive Information Want To Be Free? Firstly, I wanted to research into why archives are important and why we keep them: I found a document from Stephen Plant from University of London who says archives “form a unique and indispensable record for researchers”. Stephen Plant is the records manager at UoL; from this it can be inferred that he has a great deal of knowledge about records, archives and how they are catalogued and managed. Yet, the nature of his work automatically makes us assume that of course he is going to suggest that keeping archives is a positive … Continue reading 350MC Research Presentation

Research: The Library of Congress

The biggest library in the world, the Library of Congress is a publicly funded archive in the USA with “155.3 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves” (Library of Congress Website). In this research I am going to look more closely into: Its funding/budget Its website functionality and design Funding/Budget: In an article from the New York Times the budget from 2012 to 2013 for the Library of Congress was cut 4% offering $598.4 million; although its actual spend was $632.3 million in 2013. Here are two images from the fiscal budget for this year (2014): The article explains that the digitisation … Continue reading Research: The Library of Congress

Key Research

From broadly researching into my topic, I have focussed my attention on this secondary research: Does Archive Information want to be Free? Free by Chris Anderson (Book) – This book discusses what ‘free’ or ‘zero price’ means in the current digital economy. Anderson explores the psychology behind ‘free’; different models of ‘free’ and also reflects on the digital activist saying “information wants to be free”. I found this book after looking around the “information wants to be free” quotation. I have found this book particularly relevant for my research into digital economies for me to then make links to the migration … Continue reading Key Research