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  • Food is a relatively safe topic and most people find it interesting. So there is a lot of material on the internet related to food in one way or another. So how did group 3 weed through all those posts, pages, and food-related media?We used six criteria to determine whether or not an artifact was suitable for inclusion into the time capsule. First, the artifact had to be relevant to our topic: relating to current food culture, politics, economics, or environment at a national or global level. Second, the artifact had to be published or updated since the beginning of 2011. We wanted our capsule to represent a slice of today’s view on our topic.Each artifact must have future research potential. While learning a new recipe is fun, it is not likely to provide much use to someone researching past trends in global food politics. Our time capsule must be useful to those interested in food research in the future. Which is also why each artifact source must be verifiable and known. Our artifacts must be verifiable and have their sources identified so that future researchers can evaluate biases and influences.All our artifacts must be digital, as this is a virtual time capsule. Lastly, our artifacts must present diverse points of view. We are trying to avoid strong points of view on the topic so as not to influence future research potential.
  • My overview of my 5 objects.
  • Historically time capsules have been a container, filled with ephemera or mementos, buried in the ground for decades, often forgotten, before being reopened 50 or 100 years later. Not that those are the advisable guidelines for creating and preserving a physical capsule, but why do virtual capsules need current access strategies when physical capsules aren’t touched before their open date? The answer is in the media.Artifacts in virtual time capsules still need to be gathered together, but in a virtual environment where the original may still remain outside of the capsule. The wiki for Group 3 is the “capsule” which collects our artifacts as links to outside pages or digital media. Access can be restricted for the wiki which allow only recognized individuals, such as the capsule archivist. In this way, the capsule is “closed” and secure from outside tampering.Current access also allows us to protect the artifacts against virtual threats and loss. Like physical capsules, virtual artifacts are subject to deterioration, theft, and forgetfulness. We created back-up capsules using both Mozilla Firefox’s Scrapbook add-on, which saves a snapshot of the page “as is”, and ADrive, a free cloud directory with automatic data back-up. All three capsules must be reviewed on a regular schedule to prevent future access problems.Finally, current access and the review schedule mentioned above help the virtual capsule from being lost. Access rights will need to be granted to future capsule archivists and researchers, which is difficult to do if the capsule and its information has been lost. The regular checks of the media, as mentioned above, will also help ensure that the capsule or access information is not forgotten.
  • Our wiki is the focal point of our capsule. Not only does is it the capsule: containing our collection in an organized and logical fashion; but it also serves as the context for the artifacts to assist future capsule archivists and researchers.First and foremost, it provides background context. The wiki tells you why the capsule was created and gives indications as to its future potential audience. It presents the guidelines for its creation and the restrictions imposed on the artifacts. It presents the whole capsule in an inviting package for future researchers.Secondly, it is a treasure map. The wiki is your personal guide to the collection. It neatly presents all the pieces for easy navigation. Not only does it tell you what you will find, it also tells you how to get there. Current and future access solutions are detailed and available for expansion. It links to all copies of the collection as well as to the original media.All of these features are wrapped up in a medium that can be edited and modified as needed. Future archivists may add their own notes relating to link-rot or new access solutions. In a social, cloud environment, this wiki and collection can meet the need of researchers without location or time boundaries. It can be a true virtual time capsule.


  • 1. Around the World in One Day
    A Foodie on Each Continent
    Virtual Time Capsule
    Colleen Williams and Stephanie Hardy
  • 2. Why is this important?
    Theme Rationale
    Bullet points, graphs, pictures
    Related to abstract
    Stephanie Hardy
  • 3. Selection Methodology
    Artifact Criteria
    Topic relevance
    Recent publication
    Research potential
    Legitimate, source identification
    Digital, emphasis on social media
    Diverse point of views
  • 4. Capsule Introduction
    Show capsule
    Organized structure
    Date closed
    Stephanie Hardy
  • 5. Artifact Overview
  • 6. Our Capsule
    Presentation of capsule
    View of items
    Demonstrate web interface
    Stephanie Hardy
  • 7. Current Access Strategies
    Why do we need access now when it’s a time capsule?
    Answer – physical vs. digital media needs
    Collection of links and media
    Wiki – virtual and secure
    Back-up copies in Scrapbook and ADrive
    Regular back-up/review of files
    Archivists with access
    Wiki with all pertinent information
  • 8. Future accessibility
    Steps we’ve taken to preserve
    Web capsule
    Page archiving and storage
    Stephanie Hardy
  • 9. Wiki – Virtual Capsule
    Screen shot of wiki pages
    Treasure Map
    Screen shot of wiki homepage
  • 10. Question & Answer
    Please ask questions!
    Either your raise your hand or jump on the mic!
    What can we expand on for you?