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CSUF is Hosting the Southwestern Oral History Association Annual Conference!

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For those of you interested in oral history, the Southwest Oral History Associations Annual Conference will be held here at CSUF this year. It is April 27 - 29. I was able to get them to give students a one day discounted rate of $10, so if oral history interests you, check it out. If you are really interested in oral history, there is a workshop on friday for $25 in addition to the $10 for registration. If you are just interested in listening to panels, I would suggest Saturday as it has the most panels.

Teren Guerra

Week 7

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Personally I always presumed that digital curation as compared to in person curation were one in the same besides the medium being used. Through this class and especially through this week’s readings I have been enlightened to that not being the case. Both have he same goals of, as it is a curators job to engage his audience. In Daniel Price’s article he addresses the use of ‘discernment’ a curator has to keep in mind while creating an exhibit. The difficulty of displaying a message to a wide range of people, with different levels of knowledge on the subject is a huge task at hand. Cynthia used an comparison of a curator to a translator which helped me grasp the entire concept a little easier. In “The Mediated Museum: Computer-Based Technology and Museum Infrastructure” brought up another aspect into the thought process of making exhibits and which is the intentions of the creator. With digital media being the norm, there is seemingly limitless space so creating an exhibit with a personal agenda or bias is acceptable when there can be a platform for other opinions as well. As historians we need to be aware of this, for an outsider with little knowledge of the subject trusting one source or exhibit could be detrimental. Archives play a huge role in creating these online exhibits, in Tim Sherratt’s, “It’s All About the Stuff: Collections, Interfaces, Power, and People” he uses the example of ‘The real face of White Australia.’ The misconceptions leading the audience away from the truth can rewrite history. The common theme I got throughout the readings is that for one I do not envy curators, though the task at hand for our own digital projects has become more clear. We must view the broad audience and not only capture their thoughts with facts to gain interest but the responsibility  to guide them to the truth is going to be the real task.

 

 

 

Dr. Shrout

Best Practices for Digital Exhibits

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  • Clear Methodology - how exhibit items were selected and how the exhibit was structured
  • Clear Audience - who the site was made for, who its audience was, and how the site engages with public quesitons
  • Clear historical context
  • Tools for interpretation - make it interactive
  • User friendly
    • Usability
    • Free
    • ADA accessability
    • Usable user interface
    • Sufficient context (not too much, not too little)
    • Good design
    • Include original sources and transcriptions/descriptions
  • Sustainability
    • Funding
    • Maintaining Awareness
    • Environmental sustainability
    • Consistant maitenance
    • Easy to identify makers
    • Cross-platform
  • Give the contributors agency over digitized materials
  • Support intentional silences
  • Work with communities to fill silences that are the product of structural inequality
  • Thorough and comprehensive, but with a defined scop
  • Good design

Dr. Shrout

Best Practices for Digital Archives

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  • Adaptability - data should be structured so that it is possible to change the platform as technology changes
  • Accessability - access should be free
  • Data is easy to navigate
  • Data is easy to extract
  • User friendly
    • Usability
    • ADA accessability
    • Usable user interface
    • Sufficient context (not too much, not too little)
    • Good design
    • Include original sources and transcriptions/descriptions
  • Sustainability
    • Funding
    • Maintaining Awareness
    • Environmental sustainability
    • Consistant maitenance
    • Easy to identify makers
    • Cross-platform
  • Give the community agency over digitized materials
  • Support intentional silences
  • Work with communities to fill silences that are the product of structural inequality
  • Thorough and comprehensive, but with a defined scop
  • Good design