Our Marathon Presentation at DH Data Curation Workshop

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Presentation of Our Marathon (as a case study as part of a Digital Humanities Data Curation Workshop held at Northeastern University in Boston, MA (May 1, 2014).

http://www.dhcuration.org/institute/schedule/

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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
  • Adapting Omeka through plug-ins; New tools, technical
  • Metadata
  • Our Marathon Presentation at DH Data Curation Workshop

    1. 1. Our Marathon:The Boston Bombing Digital Archive DH Data Curation Workshop May 1, 2014 facebook.com/OurMarathon www.northeastern.edu/marathon @OurMarathon
    2. 2. TELL AWIDE RANGE OF STORIES
    3. 3. “NO STORY ISTOO SMALL”
    4. 4. BUILD A LASTING COMMUNITY MEMORIAL
    5. 5. PRESERVETHE HISTORICAL RECORD
    6. 6. AUDIENCES • Regional: Boston, MA residents directly and indirectly affected by these events • More broadly, a “general” audience of anyone interested in these events • Researchers and Scholars: interest in preserving items / files and creating / preserving metadata
    7. 7. BUILDING OUR MARATHON  4,700+ items  Boston City Archives material  289 stories from the Globe Lab  307 memes (image macros)  40 oral histories (WBUR)  raw news footage (WCVB-TV)
    8. 8. WBUR ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
    9. 9. BOSTON CITY ARCHIVES COLLECTION
    10. 10. OMEKA (“WORDPRESS FOR MUSEUMS”)
    11. 11. HOWWE’RE USING OMEKA • Dublin Core Metadata (currently Simple; transitioning to Extended Dublin Core imminently) • ModifiedContribution Plugin: Crowdsourced contributions submit ItemType Metadata • Geotagging Items • Tagging Items (Search Functionality / Organization)
    12. 12. KINDS OF ITEMS INTHE ARCHIVE • “Born Digital” Material (photos, text, memes, screencaps) • Scanned / Digitized Items (BCA Items, Boston Medical Center Items) • Modified Items (redacted files, edited audio files)
    13. 13. SOME ITEMS / FILETYPES INTHE ARCHIVE • BCA Items (Hi-Res Scans:TIF files; JPEG Copies) • Web Sites (Archive-It /The InternetArchive) • Oral History Audio Files: .wav and .mp3 • Crowdsourced contributions: variety • Social media files: screencaps 
    14. 14. Crowdsourcing Challenges of “Born Digital” Content • PerceivedValue By Contributor • Copyright Issues and Social Media • Preservation Challenges • MetadataChallenges
    15. 15. DUBLIN CORE METADATA FIELDS • Title • Description • Source • Date • Rights • Language
    16. 16. GEOTAGGING
    17. 17. TAGS 
    18. 18. LONG-TERM PRESERVATION PLANS • Northeastern’s Libraries (Archives & Special Collection) is final home of Our Marathon items • Items Public NowWill Be Public InThe Future • “PlannedObsolescence” (Home Page / Site) • Five year position (Basic Monitoring of Archive)
    19. 19. SHORT-TERM CHALLENGES • What MetadataCleanup to Do Now (BCA Items, Public Submissions) • HowTo Make Content More Accessible (Tags, Maps) • Social Media Content (Tweets)
    20. 20. SOME LONG-TERM CHALLENGES • Institutional Memory of Project (Documentation of Methodologies, Meta-Archive) • When to phase out web site / “ShareYour Story” Plugin • When to make sensitive material public • Approval Process for Researchers / Scholars
    21. 21. Thanks! mcgrath.ja@husky.neu.edu Twitter: @JimMc_Grath

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