Get ready for CURATEcamp #OR11!

We're glad you're coming to CURATEcamp #OR11! The camp may be very different from other conferences you've attended. This post is meant to provide some orientation around what you can expect of CURATEcamp.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR CURATECAMP

Be prepared to participate: come with an idea or two for topics in digital curation -- tools, frameworks, workflows, policies, resources, services, etc. -- that interest you. Even better, add that idea to the ideas list in advance to get the creative juices flowing before the event.

When we meet as a group, we’ll vote on which topics to discuss and in what order.

Propose any topic that interests you and contribute to the conversation however you can. We all bring different perspectives: you can add data points to advance the discussion; you can ask questions that others might not have considered; you can demonstrate something.

CAMPING 101

Make your way to Room 1.124 of Perry Castañeda Library, where you may find food (we're working on the logistics still) and fellow Campers to socialize with. At around 8:45am we’ll settle in our seats, aiming to start the event at 9am. (The room is open to us at 8am, for those who are early risers.)

CURATEcamp #OR11 will follow the “open agenda” model. The meeting has no preset agenda on purpose; the point is to connect folks who are eager to share their perspectives and hear those of others. The Camp’s overarching theme is digital curation. We intend for the event to be equally interesting to diverse practitioners, whether you develop software, manage day-to-day operation of a repository, or curate digital materials.

We will sit in a roughly circular configuration, introduce ourselves, and say a few words about the kind of work we do and what we'd like to discuss. Our chair will then ask for proposed topics, recording them for future reference, and then we'll chunk the discussions into 30 minute slots. At the end of each 30 minute slot, we will vote on continuing the current topic or moving to the next one. People are encouraged to add topics to the list during breaks and lunch.

Around 3pm, we will begin wrapping up the discussion; we lose access to the room at 3:30pm. After the event, we'd like to keep everyone together for drinks so you can discuss what you've heard today and network with peers! We're not sure about the logistics on this yet, so keep tuned to http://curatecamp.org and the digital-curation list for details.

WHAT YOU CAN DO BETWEEN NOW AND THE CAMP

First and foremost, think about some digital curation related topics you'd like to discuss. When you're ready, add them to the list.

You may engage fellow Campers in advance of the Camp in a few different ways:

  • Search your favorite index or social network for the Camp tag, "#CURATEcamp", and discover other Campers
  • Tag your own stuff with "#CURATEcamp" and "#OR11" so other Campers can find you
  • Follow @CURATEcamp on Twitter
  • Write to the digital-curation list
  • Jump on the Freenode IRC network and join the #curatecamp channel

If you have any questions or requests, send them to Mike Giarlo, Declan Fleming, or Ryan Scherle.

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