9/11 Digital Archive preserves and presents the history, first hand accounts etc of the 9/11 attack using digital media. Offers stories, emails, animation, art, photographs, interviews, documents and audio/video files. Allows contributions from any one, and makes it easy to contribute.The website not only stores and presents the history and the aftermath of 9/11, but also focuses on showing the social effects of the attack. For example if a person was to make a contribution to the archive, he will be prompted to say why 9/11 had an impact on his life and how he will remember the events of that day. So the website goes beyond regurgitating the interviews, pictures and video, but also shows the effect of the disaster on a personal level. It helps historians to see beyond raw statistics and regard the victims, survivors, witnesses and responders on a personal level rather than just a number.The archive presents the media in a relatable way which is important if we are to understand the emotional effects of the attack. 9/11 affected most people in the world, since probably every one who was old enough to remember, can still recount where he or she was at the time of the attack. In a way, the most lasting effect is on our emotions, which makes it important to represent the history in such a way, in which the future generations will still be able to relate to the victims and survivors. The art and interview sections do the best job of of doing this because they represent the most personal reflection of people’s feelings at the time. For this reason I believe the website represents the events of 9/11 extremely well.

 

Similar to the 9/11 Digital Archive, Hurricane Digital Media Bank uses digital media to collect, preserve and present the events, as well as the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The website collects first hand testimonies, blogs, photos, podcasts and videos. Submissions could be made by anyone and it is easy to do so.Hurricane archive attempts to fulfil the same objective as the 9/11 Archive – preserving the history of hurricanes Katrina and Rita for the following generations. The two websites are not only similar in objective, but also design. Hurricane archive is built on the model of the 9/11 DA which speaks about the effectiveness of preserving history in digital forms. The fact that this form of preservation is becoming more popular, also shows that these archives are successful in presenting the history in a way that is valuable for future generations. Ensuring not only lasting memory of the event, but also connecting future generations to the victims on an individual and personal level. It is easy to relate to the victims through first hand accounts and sympathize with them. Moreover, the archive gives a good overview of the disaster, as well as the aftermath by utilizing many relevant photographs and videos.

 

Occupy Archive is a website run by the same organization responsible for Hurricane Memory Bank. The website’s purpose is to collect and save evidence and stories related to the Occupy movement originated in New York. Every one is welcome to contribute, and those who do, will retain all the copyright, same as 9/11 archive and Hurricane Memory Bank.The website is a little tougher to navigate than the previous two, mainly because the information is not laid out too well. The images section in particular has some short comings such as small picture size and unnecessary posts which seem to be stories rather than pictures. Another shortcoming of this archive is the absence of items in the videos tab. The information available is nowhere as diverse as 9/11 or the Hurricane archives. Most of the items on the website seem to be pictures. While they have historical value, just pictures is not always enough to represent an event well, or convey the experiences of the protesters in a relatable way.

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