Related to this morning’s post about Content as Raw Material, my friend, Glenn Wiebe, posted a link and description this morning for Digital Vaults, a new service of the National Archives. It’s an incredibly useful, visually appealing, and addictive collection of photos and documents from the archive, organized by tags and navigated using Ajax (I assume).
Read Glenn’s post (Digital Vaults: Social Networking for Primary Sources) to get a social studies educator’s perspective. I especially like how you can build your own collection and then mix the documents together into a video. Very Cool!
As I commented on Glenn’s article, what is most intriguing to me about these tags-based collections is when we, the audience, starts to contribute our own tags, which I think is the way of the new partnership between The Library of Congress and Flickr.