Regular readers of this blog will have seen Ruth Robertsâ€™ post last week about The National Archives’ research strategy. One current research priority is to find out more about The National Archives’ users, particularly in online contexts.
I am one of the research students currently being sponsored by The National Archives, and Iâ€™m hoping that you can help me out with this work.
My research focuses on participatory culture in archives, specifically on the kinds of online contribution initiatives weâ€™ve seen piloted by The National Archives over the last four or five years: wikis, social tagging and commenting, and collaborative online volunteering or â€˜crowdsourcingâ€™. If you are a user of The National Archives’ website (whether or not you visit The National Archives in person) and have an opinion about participatory archives, Iâ€™d be pleased to hear from you.
The research will be carried out in two parts. The first is a very brief online survey. It would really help me if readers of this blog and visitors to The National Archives’ website could fill this in. There are just 7 simple tick box or yes/no questions, plus a couple of opportunities for you to submit comments. It should take you no more than a couple of minutes to complete.
You can complete the survey anonymously, but it also asks you to leave your name and a contact email address if you would be willing to take part in a follow-up interview.