Emmitsburg Area Historical Society.

yawnknotΔιαχείριση

6 Νοε 2013 (πριν από 3 χρόνια και 7 μήνες)

57 εμφανίσεις

Presenting Michael Hillman,

President,

Emmitsburg

Area Historical Society.

Interviewed by: Ryan
Trainor

About Michael Hillman


Has lived in
Emmitsburg

since 1988
(
www.emmitsburg.net/windy_meadow
)


Founded the
Emmitsburg

Area Historical Society in
1996.


Previously worked for the Dept. of Energy and has a
background in Knowledge Management.


Knowledge Management
: harvesting knowledge
from someone’s mind, and storing it so that a greater
community can access the same information.


Historical primary documents can be accessed
anywhere.

www.emmitsburg.net


Michael Hillman

Michael Hillman’s home near Tom’s Creek,
Emmitsburg
, MD

The historical society as an artifact of
Emmitsburg

history


the house was built for a relative of mine, Mary Welty, in
the 1880’s.

The historical society as a residence

Michael Hillman’s home near Tom’s Creek,
Emmitsburg
, MD

Emmitsburg

Area Historical Society


Originally founded the EAHS as a digital historical
society to provide three services:


-

Provide easy access to all the information in

the historical society’s archives.


-

Share information with others, enrich

knowledge, and store the information to build

the society archives.



-

Act as a facilitator for researchers to




collaborate/enrich their own knowledge, so


that it then can be shared/made accessible.






Continued


Hillman was influenced by his experiences with Dept.
of Energy, helping scientists to quickly share info
between the East and West coasts.


Sought to Digitize historical documents and rare
books with html (except land deeds)





.
pdf’s

and .
jpg’s

can’t be searched, html is

searchable and accessible.


To provide services, search engine retrieves
information from archives, and a discussion forum
allows researchers to interact with one another
.


Expanding Existing
S
ervices


In 1996, 25 historical documents were
digitized; today, there are now over 4,000.


The physical historical society consists of 7
volunteer members, but 40
-
50 contacts
regularly contribute to the archives’ content.


Visitors to the web page frequently contact
the historical society with information to
share.


Continued


Making primary sources available enables
researchers of varying knowledge to draw firm
conclusions.


Search engines do not assign meaning to the
matches it retrieves, whereas hyperlinks provide
enough context for a match to advise/inform
someone seeking the information.


Hyperlinks create pathways and provide multiple
avenues to the same content.


Examples

Challenges


The website has become so huge, the ability
to create new pathways with more links is
hampered by existing information overload.


-

Michael has been the architect of the

website and hyperlinking related pages

relies on his memory.


-
Doesn’t have the time to go back and take

inventory of the site.

Continued


There is a generational disparity in skillsets.


-

Older members of the historical society

know the history of the area but do not

have the technical skills to hyperlink the

pages and create the pathways.


-
Younger members know how to hyperlink

things, but don’t know the history to be

independent architects of these pathways.

Questions?