Totianna Steptoe- Assignment #3

Preserving data is important to make sure that the information that you have uploaded remains available for however long you need it, possibly for however long the internet lasts. The problem in preserving data is that the container or holder that you are keeping the data in might become irrelevant or no longer be in use, like a floppy disc. Preserving data is heavily based on the storage of that data, if you cannot house it, you will lose it. Curating data appears to be in discussion with maintaining the data, upkeep is also important. Information she be reliable and easy to access. In terms of history, staying with current scholarship with assist with this need, as well as making sure the site is always user friendly and up to date with modern technology. With that being said, curating data can become stressful when determining reliable sources for your information. Since the internet is an open forum, it is difficult to provide “the Truth”, so we end up with “a truth”. Combine that hiccup with the fact that there are all these restrictions from governments, libraries, and such that it can become a mind-racking task to curate your data. Aggregating the data means that you put in a summary of some sort for users to follow along with. Aggregating data also is great for getting a group of information based on specific variables to determine outcomes. In summarizing information or defining variables it creates too much bias within material.

One of the main issues surrounding digital archiving is that technology is constantly changing. Another issue is that the library has too much power (rightfully so). You can never really have copies of anything, only access to it. This creates too much competition among scholar, not to mention there needs to be a desire from the people as well as information on your topic to archive.  From there, trying to figure out what should be archived is rather complicated. The government is getting involved and trying to create a National Digital Archive, but this could take another Marxist revolution. The good news is that more classes are being taught on this subject which will hopefully lead to less problems within digital archiving. A good example of this are “The Famous Law Trials”. They probably didn’t get hard copies of this info, they are probably leaving out information, or not providing enough.

If I were to do a digital history of my family I would probably use mapping to establish where people were and when, and then combine a timeline with a family tree. There is no way I could share everything, so it just depends on the variable I would be addressing, paternal, maternal, marriage, siblings, etc. From there I would determine what I would or wouldn’t be sharing. Since it was based on my family, I would have to curate the information at least annually. But again it depends on what I am revealing and archiving. There would still be an essay of some sort to show the user what I am trying to display. That’s where the history part comes in. The collection would be limited to family members for editing. But still I would consult a family elder to verify what they are adding.


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