Philip Graham on partnering research with social media outreach at a national level

This show explores an approach to new media that we rarely get to see — a coordinated, research-based strategy that brings together cultural heritage institutions throughout a country. One of the organizations spearheading this efforts is the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Sites of Scotland (RCAHMS). This interview features Philip Graham, Public Engagement Manager for RCAHMS. Philip will talk about the Digital Futures for Cultural Heritage Initiative, and how is own organization is going beyond social media engagement to encourage user-contributed content. If you’ve struggled to build consensus about digital outreach even within your own institution, you’ll find this interview compelling.

INTERVIEW TOPICS (with timestamps)

(2:00) About the Royal Commission, and description of Canmore research database (http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk)

(4:30) Open Source approach to programming/coding platforms.

(5:30) Workshop series: Digital Futures of Cultural Heritage Education (http://digitalfutures.rcahms.gov.uk/about/)

(10:55) Beyond Text research-based partnership (http://www.rcahms.gov.uk/news/beyond-text-project)

(12:50) Role of Scotland leading in cross-institutional partnerships for the sake of reaching the public about cultural heritage

(16:00) Lessons coming out of these efforts that can be replicated as a model in other countries

(19:10) Keys to success in gaining buy-in for digital outreach

(22:10) The importance of individual connections online

(23:50) Links mentioned in this episode, and related material:

Post by Philip for Day of Archaeology website: http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/philip-graham-rcahms-western-isles/

Connect with Voices of the Past on Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+VoicesofthepastOrgheritage/posts

Post on how to start expanding your heritage circles using Google Plus: http://voicesofthepast.org/2012/07/12/start-expanding-your-heritage-circle-on-google-plus/

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