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  • Not just “newsworthy” stories, but what we’re trying to collect are the stories about everyday people being impacted by this event
  • The future of the physical artifacts; the role of the website as a kind of memorial (and this goal will often determine what we make public on the site)
  • Ephemeral digital artifacts
  • What’s in therenow
  • Collaboration is what makes this collection and this work possible; How can digital humanities projects effectively collaborate with archives and libraries? My answers are perhaps more pragmatic than theoretical here.
  • 1. Working on a live site that is the core of the project (bugs, limited skills) 2. Archiving the presents & recent past 3. Archiving a traumatic event
  • Adapting Omeka through plug-ins; New tools, technical
  • Tension between public audiences, creating a space where people feel comfortable to share their stories; What does the public expect to see? (studying users)
  • Metadata
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    1. 1. Our Marathon:The Boston Bombing Digital Archive Roundtable March 22, 2014 facebook.com/OurMarathon www.northeastern.edu/marathon @OurMarathon
    2. 2. TELL AWIDE RANGE OF STORIES
    3. 3. BUILD A LASTING COMMUNITY MEMORIAL
    4. 4. PRESERVETHE HISTORICAL RECORD
    5. 5. BUILDING OUR MARATHON  3,700+ items  282 messages of support  289 stories from the Globe Lab  307 “memes”  50 oral histories  90 hours of raw news footage  1800 letters
    6. 6. OUR PARTNERS
    7. 7. COLLABORATION • Start early, meet often • Understand interests, skills, and resources • Determine an end goal and timeline
    8. 8. CHALLENGES May 24, 2013 October 21, 2013
    9. 9. BUILDING NEWTOOLS
    10. 10. ARCHIVE OR MEMORIAL?
    11. 11. PROXIMITY
    12. 12. CROWDSOURCING
    13. 13. “NO STORY ISTOO SMALL”
    14. 14. SHAREYOUR STORY EVENTS Date Location March 26 Cambridge Public Library March 28 & 29 Brookline Public Library April 9 Lowell Public Library April 16-19 Boston Public Library April 17 Newton Free Library April 26 Stoneham Public Library April 30 MIT
    15. 15. SHAREYOUR STORY
    16. 16. SHORT ORAL HISTORIES
    17. 17. PHOTO CONTEST
    18. 18. PHOTO CONTEST
    19. 19. PHOTO CONTEST
    20. 20. “BORN DIGITAL” CONTENT
    21. 21. INTERNET MEMES (GIFS, IMAGE MACROS)
    22. 22. ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND CONTINUING GOALS
    23. 23. PART II
    24. 24. INTERNING AT OUR MARATHON
    25. 25. STREAMLINING NAVIGATION
    26. 26. DIGITIZING BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER CARDS AND LETTERS
    27. 27. SIX MONTH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT
    28. 28. PART III
    29. 29. INTRODUCTION: HOW (&WHY)WE GOT INVOLVED • Get involved with archival projects • Get involved with our community • Apply classroom concepts to a “real world” project
    30. 30. CONTRIBUTIONS •Long-Term Preservation Plan •Internship/volunteer recommendations
    31. 31. DIGITAL PRESERVATION PLAN •Goal: Start a conversation •Analyzed practices already in place •Described concerns and provided recommendations
    32. 32. WORKFLOWS: GETTING STARTED •Assessment phase (in conjunction with Our Marathon project leaders) •Mapping needs, mapping opportunities •Create the workflow
    33. 33. TAKEAWAYS •Volunteers develop skills in meaningful ways •Collaboration is Digital Humanities’ middle name •Need cross-discipline about balancing workflow needs with reliance on volunteers

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