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Access, accessibility and the future of digital history proj

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Robert Schimelpfenig

on 20 March 2018

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Transcript of Access, accessibility and the future of digital history proj

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Access, accessibility and the future of digital history projects.

Going backwards or going forwards the future is digital.

There are many ways history can be represented through digital mediums. (e.g.; Digital collections, spatial history (GIS),

Digital History requires collaboration and an interdisciplinary approach to history and technology.

Archives can provide online historical content in abundance.

It is up to historians to help bring context and curate the content.
Online Access to Digital Contents

Access is increasing at an alarming rate.

Over 2,000 institutions have active digital collections through the CONTENTdm service alone.

More local and small historical organizations are going digital.

There is no question that the amount of content will grow. Again what is needed is more interest in curating and bringing contextual use to the content.
The question of accessibility will drive further access.

Making digital objects and records ADA compliant, so those with visual and/or auditory impairments and limited mobility.

Archivists are already integrating accessibility measure into the digitization process.

More needs to be done in digital history outside of archives access.

OCR text and to PDF format to assure that screen readers can do reading for the blind.

Captions for audio and video and sometimes provide transcripts so the deaf can read content.

Online access for people with limited mobility.
Technological innovation focused on ways to make the online environment more accessible.

3D printers used for more tactile representations of things like maps or physical structures like buildings.

The use of virtual reality. And other technologies that try to compensate one sense for another.
Alternative digital history projects using social media platforms.
Microblogs, Twitter and Tweet Diaries

Genny Spencer

William Christie


The Allegheny County Coroner Case Files

US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Other Virtual Environments

Google Museums – Art and Culture

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Oklahoma City, United States

Inviting Communities to build their own digital histories
Omeka – https://omeka.org/

A service and software that supports digital collections and customizable digital history projects

A product of George Mason University

Advanced search. Geo search. Crowdsourcing features.

Popular usage in digital humanities and student-based digital history projects.

Supports Dublin Core.
Online Hosting.

Pricing: From 2GB for $35/year to 50GB for $1000/year. Also has a free trial with limited features for up to 100MB

Last thoughts or Question?

Thank you.
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