These three sites are attempts to digitally archive events through the world wide web. This method allowed thorough collections to be made quickly and drew from a wider pool of individuals who were affected. All three still permit contributions to be made to the project which displays a new method to study as well as offer history to the public. The masses of assorted data as text, pictures, videos and interviews reflect upon how we can now create diverse recollections through the help of everyday citizens, which was not popular within the study of history prior to the digital age.

The September 11 Digital Archive has general historical facts such as the sequence of events, the impact it had upon the United States and the military intervention which ensued. With this backbone, the archive fleshed the content with a personal component from the ones affected by the event which exhibit a new way to study this event in the future. I found it interesting and slightly amusing how hysterical emails as ones which focused on Satan being in the smoke being alongside emails to the Department of Justice. I don’t believe this detracts from the legitimacy, but simply the archive’s desire to portray every aspect of the event. 

The Hurricane Digital Memory Bank was similar with an assortment of sources available including images and stories. The distinction came from the use of maps when analyzing the effects Hurricane Katrina and Rita had as it encompassed a larger area than the events of 9/11. Google maps marked specific locations where events took place which is another way history could be studied in this day and age. I stumbled across a picture of the food a victim ate for a period of time, which were essentially packaged instant meals. He gave his recommendations as well as the ones to stay away from which is a unique example of how we can further understand the experiences from the victims.

The Occupy Archive Project is on an even bigger scale than the other two as it encompassed the occupy movements across the world in great detail, but the archive does not contain as much material. I believe this is due to the nature of this event which only appealed to specific demographics. I found this archive to be the least effective as most of the pictures I stumbled across were simply featuring signs being held. It also appeared to be the least maintained and managed which may be due to the lack of support from the government or universities.

All three of these archives are deemed valuable to my standards as they are extensive as well as free to use. The ability for anyone to contribute their personal story to enrich the knowledge we have of an event is not something that could be done through the traditional method to study history but as seen through these three archives it’s been achieved collaboratively through the web. I find these accounts to be accurate representations of the events which could be used to further connect with the victims and would flesh out one’s understanding of the topics.

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