- After learning about the flexibility of Omeka.net, I am extremely interested in the way individuals develop online archives. I imagine Omeka.net being helpful to those interested in developing a site that can host their findings during the research process of articles. When developing sites for the purpose of Digital History, it seems as though there are no limitations. Developers can now create sites that have interactive features, online museums, as well as the basic form of the internet archives like Valley of the Shadow. Using sites like WordPress and other blogging platforms can turn Digital History on to a new way. As this field is still developing, these platforms can easily influence the field. These tools can be combined to create new sites where researchers are able to interact with the audience who visits their sides. This possibility could allow for a new form of museum to surface. What I mean by this is, researchers can create their own sites that hosts their findings, but also allow for the audience to comment on their writing. By expanding the audience, the connections will allow for more collaborative work. This however poses an issue because of the lack of collaborations that occur in the field of historical research.
- Overall, the websites reviewed are extremely useful. They host an abundance of information that can help researchers find new sources. It is important to recognize that all of the websites were created at different points in time. Basic formatting is seen in Valley of the Shadow, The Emancipation Proclamation, and Virtual Pauls’ Cross Project. The digitization of information allows for there to be a larger audience, however, because some of the sites are out of date, the information is still hidden behind multiple clicks. One thing I would like to see is the updating of information and websites. Because the internet is such a giant pool of information, Digital History websites that are out of date may be seen as unofficial or unreliable sources of information. Of the three mentioned above, I liked Virtual Pauls’ Cross Project the most. This website still had a lot of pages to sort through, but I liked how the information was delivered on the screen. I think that by updating the online archives periodically, these sites will be able to stay relevant and help researchers.
Michael G. Vieyra 🙂