Digital History Projects

Hello again to readers of my blog! I hope you enjoyed my Hello World post! This post is going to focus around http://911digitalarchive.org and the digital history projects it can classify as, according to the Organization of American Historian’s (OAH)guidelines https://jah.oah.org/submit/digital-history-reviews/ . As we become a more technologically advanced society, it is important to know what different sites use for digital history projects.  For example, my blog in general is as basic as it gets. I only use words, links and a few pictures for now. But let’s talk about the 9/11 archive site.

Obviously, the 9/11 digital archive can be classified as an archive, but what is an archive? The OAH defines it as, “A site that provides a body of primary sources. Could also include collections of documents marked up in TEI or databases of materials.”  When looking at the 9/11 digital archive, we see a menu that holds ‘Items’ and ‘Collections.’  Both are useful, as the navigator of the website can have access to things pertaining to one of the most horrific and devastating times in the history of America. 

Digital Narratives are used in many aspects of the 9/11 digital archive, as stories of victims, survivors, first responders and personnel are recorded in a narrative format from that in day history.  The way the website is designed allows for people to access these stories and recounts in a more efficient manner that is designed for the web. The details and recounts given by people are told with truth and much emotion that allows the navigator/reader to live vicariously through the told experiences of others. 

The OAH classifies a Publication as, “Any type of online publication”; therefore, the 9/11 digital archive is a publication.  The website is also classified as a Professional Site, as it was created to share information about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centers, Pentagon and Pennsylvania. 

So now that we have all of the classifications out of the way, let’s review this blog/website!  The Organization of American Historians uses five guidelines to review digital history projects, which are Content, Design, Audience, Digital Media and Creators.  The content of the 9/11 digital archive is being updated and verified, as well as maintaining an objective point of view as the managers of the website simply post archival information to be interpreted by the navigator of the site. The design of the website is very simple and friendly to all users and navigates and functions properly. The site was clearly designed by people who wish to share access to everyone on computers, laptops, and tablet devices for the best convenience. As mentioned earlier, the website has an objective point of view which, in turn, leads me to say that there is no “targeted” audience other than those who wish to educate themselves on 9/11. The digital archive of 9/11 was created in 2003, so it is essentially quite simple to use and to navigate for everyone who does not have the opportunity to visit the Library of Congress or National Archives.  The creators of the site and present contributors can be found on their Staff page, http://911digitalarchive.org/staff

The 9/11 digital archive drew my attention, as I consider myself to be very patriotic and believe the events of 9/11 shaped our country from that day forward.  I believe that it is especially important in this day and age that we be sure to educate ourselves properly on the use of the internet and what we put on it!

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