The 'network' site, of which this blog post is a part is provided free as is the functionality, ie, forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, privacy, etc, etc.

The ning site provides the means by which the AMMC members may readily engage with each other.

Have a look around and let us, ie, the committee know if we should adopt it as our primary means of communication.

Regards,

Peter Rout

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Comment by Peter Rout on March 18, 2008 at 21:04
I do not profess great knowledge of Facebook, and its functionality but, by comparison, ning seems to be better structured and more able to be customised to suit a particular purpose or organisational need. Accordingly, it may be seen to be more than just a social network. Be that as it may, in the end, it will be up to the individual members of a network to demonstrate to their organisations that it provides benefits to the organisation for the time invested. Re the AMMC 2008 conference; I look forward to seeing your photos. I am attempting to obtain a digital copy of the presentations at the conference to post all if not some of the presentations.
Comment by Steven Cooke on March 18, 2008 at 19:19
Peter - this has the potential to be a great resource and means of communication. I have some images of the speakers from the recent conference which I will post in due course. I'd be interested to know how the Ning site relates to Facebook (i.e. many workplaces block the use of Facebook) - do you think this would be an issue with Ning or is it 'under the radar' as yet?
Comment by Peter Rout on March 17, 2008 at 17:35
Jon, in addition (in response to your post), I have started a new forum on the Burra Charter to which I have placed a link to the ICOMOS site which has a copy of the Burra Charter and supporting guidelines. I have also attached copies of the Venice Charter and the Barcelona Charter with a supporting commentary.
Comment by Peter Rout on March 17, 2008 at 16:26
Jon, I have asked for a digital copy of the AMMC conference proceedings to be made and I will attempt to place, Martyn's contribution at least, as a video on the main page.
Comment by Jon Simpson on March 17, 2008 at 16:13
As to content,
Scott indicated that the conference had been taped. I think getting the audio content, particularly Martyn's contribution, up on the site would be a good start to a strategic discussion on the future work of the group and would prove particularly useful for me as I missed some of his session. Mary-Louise's suggestion that we should refresh our acquaintance with the Burra charter and other heritage management documents could be facilitated by providing the documents or their urls would be good.
Comment by Peter Rout on March 12, 2008 at 18:43
I have asked Scott Andrew, immediate past treasurer, for a list of the members. Once I get it I will post it on the site.
Comment by Alan Edenborough on March 12, 2008 at 18:14
A thought that occurs is that we need to know the composition of the AMMC membership - who and what institutions and individuals are represented. I was surprised at the Sydney conference to discover that AMMC has 107 paid-up members; 42 individual and 65 institutional. The group at last weekend's Sydney conference was the largest gathering of members I have seen. It seems clear, therefore, that there is a large group out there who are interested enough to pay their membership, but who do not participate in conferences, perhaps for reasons of geography and/or cost. One suggestion could be to create 'virtual conferences' via this site as a way of encouraging greater interest and participation by the wider membership. But a list of members, or at least a breakdown by type of institution and individual and the geographic spread of membership is a good starting point for planning.
Comment by Peter Rout on March 12, 2008 at 17:27
Alan, I agree; the main page will be the place for the committee to engage with the wider AMMC membership (in the first instance), and provide content and encourage information exchange and development that supports the AMMC's objectives. However, the site should also be the means by which the membership engage with each other by, eg, setting up groups for those with special or common interests. The end form of the site, while moderated by the committee, may be very different from what we may envisage now as it is pushed, moulded, and prodded by the membership into a shape that best serves their needs. I propose that after the initial review that the committee engage, if the is the right web 2.0 term, in the group labelled committee; your suggestion re the sources of content are most appropriate could be our first topic.
Comment by Alan Edenborough on March 12, 2008 at 16:13
I have now had a good look around the site and I can see that it provides a very good tool for the committee to communicate and share more than emails. If we structure the general site content so that it is topical and informative it should also prove interesting to the wider AMMC membership. Perhaps we need to start by deciding what sources of content are most appropriate for the AMMC to disseminate.
Comment by Peter Rout on March 11, 2008 at 8:51
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