History in the Internet

I find it fascinating that many organizations seem to be resistant to using the Internet to spread historical information. I recently corresponded with the National Archives website about the lack of RRS feed for their regular podcast series. Gavin Robinson has also been engaged in an ongoing debate Your Archives, a wiki-based website set up by the UK National Archives, over their copy right policy.

It strikes me that these organizations are missing the point. If used correctly the Internet is an opportunity not a threat.

Here’s a couple of links to people who get it:

BBC Magazine podcast (Gary Sheffield talking about Wellington)

The Darwin Project


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