Digital Archives

As with anything in this world, there are pros and cons to digitaizing history, and creating digital archives. First the cons. One problem that chapter 6 touched upon that I find frightening, is the ability for polemics to create false historical records digitally. One way they can do this may be to simply use a digital art tool to create a convincing fake. A less straightforward method, but one that is more likely to be used if for a polemic to create a physical copy of a false record and copy it. While I have no doubt that both of these records can be proven as false, if they were snuck into an archive, they could create false leads and help whatever foolish cause the polemic creator was serving. This is where the con that the New Yorker article wanted to discuss comes into play. That is the changing of one archival system to another, and how this change can be problematic. First there are those who are simply used to a different method of archiving, who are both distrustful of thecnology, and who cannot use it effectively. The ones that I am more afraid for are the secod type, who with accept whatever they find online without question, and will not look for a physical copy.

The New Yorker article writes on how the problems with digitalized archives are not permanent ones, and that throughout history databases have evolved, and that digital is simply another step in this evolution. I would agree, and in my opinion most problems with digital archives will soon be fixed with time. After, the greatest pro that chapter 6 brings up will take place, and that is of course the accessibility that will be brought to historic documents when anyone with access to the internet can view them.

The websites I visited were the Famous Law Trials site and the Hull House and Neighborhoods site. The Trials website has little to nothing in common with our project. From the design of the site itself, to the subject matter, it is disimilar in every way. Our site is similar in sport  to the Hull House site. By that I mean that both sites have to deal with a singal place, that has greater influence beyond its borders. Of course our project has more interactive items in it, even without the Games Programing students future additions.

For me a digital archive for the UU Church would be very similar to the physical one in Special Collections, with the relocation  of a few documents that have to to do with billing and financial matters, into their own category. Most other catagories would be created from the different boxes in the collection. Once inside a category one would have a list of tabs to access, and each one would bring them to a different document in the collection.


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