Week 3 Assignment 1

The differences between the practices of preserving, and curating data are simply the way it is stored, or archived. In DH terms digital archives are for all to access, a democratization of history. Historians create websites that contain archives of whatever the subject is, and that allows people to view the data. For example a simple database, as discussed in class, is Microsoft Excel. A database is like a spreadsheet, where users can upload and store information, history, or data to a secure digital location. Some databases are meant to be for long term storage and some are not. If storing family information its best to store data on a location that does not physically deteriorate over time. Many people are now storing important information on self-made websites where anyone with an internet connection can access. This would be a personal favorite for storing family history because anyone can access it to view without having to have a locking password. This website could be organized into categories, such as photos grouped by years, documents organized by subject, and so much more. This website might require a small payment, however, would achieve “long-term storage capability” and not deteriorate over time. Once creating this website a mass message could be sent out to family members granting them access to upload whatever they want so they too can contribute. A free interface, or in other words, another option would be the omeka interface. It allows users to upload the content they want on a structured system that gives users to choose from preset options.

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