5. February 14 – Narrative and Scholarly Communication

“Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery”
– Digital Narrative
– Content: The scholarship is sound but uses very common phraseology and does not include citations or quotes within its text. It is well communicated for most people to understand, although most summaries are brief and do not have too much specific information.
– Design: The layout of the site is very straightforward with a timeline of events at the bottom for easy navigation. There is great use of images and graphics. Although the site is generally easy to navigate, it requires FlashPlayer to operate and most likely would not be available on a mobile device. The type is small and the font is faint and boring. When it works, however, this project is fascinating to navigate.
– Audience: This project is targeted towards a non-academic people looking to gain brief knowledge about the history of slavery. Its accessibility and simple language help it achieve this.
– Digital Media: This site is run completely by digital media, so without the proper software to run it, one could not even access it. That being said, it utilizes this format well, containing image movement and transitions. It does not, however, contain any video or audio files.
– Creators: This projected was curated by the New York Public Library, particularly the Schomburg Center for Black Culture. There is a credits page listing contributing memebers and researchers.

“Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, National Park Service”
– Archive
– This site contains a plethora of primary sources and objects. The archival aspect of this site is well-communicated to users as a simple digital database of an actual museum.
– Design: This is a Google exhibit template but uses its simplicity to be as accessible an open as it needs to be. It clearly lists exhibit items and catalogue in a non-confusing way. Navigation is simple yet not necessarily specific. Everything operates as it should although there could be more specifity in identifying certain items. This website does not need FlashPlayer and works well on a mobile device.
– Audience: There is not a clear audience being targeted, and the site’s layout does not lend itself towards a particular narrative structure. This site would be best suited for those with a specific interest in this museum, or scholars looking to research a particular item.
– Digital Media: This site does an excellent job of displaying its catalogue through means of digital images. It integrates a map feature to help users find the actual museum. It goes great lengths to digitize the real world and cross reference both entities, even without the use of video and audio.
– Creators: This site simply tags the National Park Service as its contributor without mentioning any individual people or other institutions (at least it does not in any immediate or accessible link).

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