The article we read this week

     The article we read this week talked about how data and information is lost due loss various reasons. One if these is that as technology advances one format that data  can be read can not be read by later technology or software. This made me think about my work as a composer and arranger. I compose and arrange on a program called Sibelius. It is a great program to compose in because of how user friendly it is. I hate writing music by hand. It is tedious and takes forever. This is especially true if you write for an orchestra. If I write something for an orchestra in Sibelius, I can easily print out individual parts for instruments to be given to the musicians. I don’t have to rewrite the instrument parts of the score like they used to in the old days of Bach or like Beethoven.   Sibelius gives me a realistic idea of how the music will sound before I have it played live.  

      One of the down sides Sibelius and composing programs is that they keep changing and are released in newer versions. If I open a score I made in an older version of Sibelius in another version that is newer, I get a message from the program. It may have to be changed to new format something in order for it to be opened. What if someday the newer versions will not open my older scores I wrote in the older versions? This worries me some. In addition my computer with the older version of Sibelius is older. When I figure out how, I will think I will try to copy all my older scores onto a CD that I can open on my newer computer that has later version of Subelius. I don’t want to lose my work of previous compositions in the past due to the constant change and advances in technology. This is a reason why it’s a good idea to print hard copies of music in addition to having digital versions if you’re composer or arranger. 

Analysis #3

After several attemps to get the Atlantic Slave Trade Site connected and could not, I became a little afraid that I may not be able to complete my analysis.  So, I chose to analyze Virtual Jamestown.

Digital Archive Site

For my analysis, I plan on using the Hurricane Katrina/Wilma Digital Archive site (the one that is off of the September 11th Digital Archive site). I have decided to choose this site because it is one of the more recent digital archives that have probably been posted. I have also chosen this site because this is fairly recent material it will be interesting to see what types of formats have been used for this archive.

My choice for the media analysis

For my third media analysis, I plan on analyzing the Sept. 11th Digital Archive.  I think that there is a ton of valuable information on that site, from pictures to stories.  It should be an interesting project, exploring the site and analyzing it.

Assignment #3

For the final media analysis project, I choose to work with the digital archive Valley in the Shadow of Death which pertains to the role two seperate towns played during the Civil War.  I choose this site for the following reasons:

  • The site has a complex structure modeled after an actual library with extensive research files.
  • This topic interests me as I have already done presentations AT Manassas and Gettysburg National Parks.
  • The setup has interactive material, such as maps and newspaper articles.

3rd Analysis

Ok, I am not quite sure if this site works because many of the archive links are linked to other archives and universities.  However, I enjoyed the site, the "lost museum" and it’s 3-D digital reconstruction of P.T. Barnum’s American Museum.  The museum was lost in a fire and there are images and background information on the exhibits and historical context of the museum’s existance.  I simply enjoy it’s design and interactivity, I should have asked in class but I didn’t think of it until later. -Jen-

Exploratory Writing #3

I would like to study the web site that is published for Alcatraz.  During class I read through quite a bit of the site and it really held on to my attention.  I think it would be interesting to be able to investigate about the layout and workings of the site, as well as learn something from a historical perspective.  Thanks!

Elapsing Time…

   During our Calvino project where we linked our page to separate and for me often newly visited sites I considered the instability of internet media.  However, I did not consider the historical repercussions until reading Roy Rosenzweig’s article on this subject. What kind of portrayal will be left of our cultural history?  Similar to censoring a history book though actually devaluing and erasing certain representations of the spectrum of our experience.  Though, I think these individual collections will fill in the holes like in other time periods.  Unfortunately, these will only be preserved if there are physical and non web based archives as back-ups.  I found this article very interesting, it was easier for me to relate this information to our studies.  Many of the other readings while also entirely relatable did not grasp my attention quite as quickly.

In class today we discussed the several possible directions and ideas for our media analysis.  It was very helpful to be given some time to explore the possible sites.  However, I especially appreciated the list of sub-questions even though we had discussed the questions.  It will help to have something to look at when deciphering the archives.  Many of the archives I have looked at have been somewhat limited.  So, I am veering toward the comparative analysis of a couple of sites.  At this point I need a few more hours to explore my options.  I will post my decision tommorrow. 


Preserving the Digital Past

            Roy Rosenzweig made a statement that historians believe that it is the job of the archivist to preserve digital history.  It is the responsibility for all individual to have input on preserving our digital history.  If student and citizens alike are not made to understand the importance of saving these digital records a portion of history will be lost.  He wrote that there was no separation in the work of a historian or a person titled archivist.  The historian believed that it was their responsibility to preserve as well as research the past.  

I perceived from Roy Rosenzweig’s article that it is of vital importance to preserve digital history.  I believe that we need the collection of digital history for accurate assessment in the future.  We have struggled to collect bit and pieces of the past but now, we have an opportunity to begin at the forefront of the Digital era and save the information without it being an after thought.  Digital information is as much a part of history as great works of art, music, social events.  The information saved to day may possible help in new frontier for tomorrow.  If they are lost future generation will struggle trying to peace-together the information that it took ages to develop.  We do need scholarly engagement to address the situation that we may provoke public action to preserve digital information because many minds working towards a common goal is less of a struggle.