The September 11 Digital Archive is devoted to the tragedy of the terrorist attacks that took place on 9/11. The site contains a collection of accounts from witnesses of the tragedy and stories from people who visited the locations of the attacks. The website also contains Images such as photos that people took before and after the attacks occurred. There is also artwork that people, including children, created to remember the victims who died and the heroes (firefighters, Police, first response teams, etc.) that helped save people and very bravely attempted to find and save more that were trapped. There is also audio and video clips (voice mails) from site visitors and written interviews from people who were affected by this event. Upon reading these accounts I could immediately see the emotional state of some of the people being interviewed and get a feeling of how hard it must have been. I think this site is valuable because it remembers all the victims impacted by 911 and also pays respect to all the men and women of the first response teams that helped to save lives. It also helps if you want to research this event by letting you go through collections of pictures, interviews, etc. Overall, I found this site to be easy to navigate, engaging and full of a lot of useful information. I would recommend people visit this site to get a better image of the devastation that occurred on that day.

The Hurricane Digital Memory Bank was created to collect stories, images, videos and other items to keep a record of the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The images that I looked at really gave me a good glimpse at just how much damage happened and how devastating these storms were. You can see people’s homes that were just destroyed and neighbourhoods flooded. These images go beyond the descriptive words and help make the event more real or concrete to the general population. Entering the home page of the site it tells the visitors what the site was created for. It is very interactive and easy to navigate. It has a search engine on the home page that allows visitors to look for specific information easily. It has maps that allows people to see the locations that were effected and where some of the pictures on the site were taken. The site has first hand accounts of what happened and how people were effected which makes it a good primary source for researchers. I found this site to be relevant in description and images and it was engaging and informative. The information contained within gave an excellent and well-rounded glimpse into the tragedies that occurred.

The Occupy Archive is much more difficult to navigate. I found that when I first entered the site homepage, unlike the other two sites, had very little on it. The navigation bar seemed to have minimal tabs to redirect me to events that had taken place. The navigational bar seemed to have too much information encompassed in a single tab causing to be more difficult to find specific events, images, description, etc. It lacked a description of the group or movements purpose and objective, both through text or image. The more I navigated the site through clicking on links the more I found myself redirected to new pages and more confused about the information the site was trying to provide. Additionally, the site seemed to contain no information on some of the links I selected (took me to a blank page) which felt like I was hitting a dead-end. This site felt to me that it was still in a construction phase because of the lack of guidance that is available when I was navigating through. I did not find this site as valuable as the other 2 because of the issues mentioned above. It almost seemed to encompass to wide of a topic without information about each particular event. The site, however, does seem to have potential if information was added and the navigational problems were addressed.

Advertisements