Digital Memorials and Cultural Archives: Summer 2012


Nancy Florio


Southern Connecticut


Summer 2012


Introduction to the theoretical and practical issues confronting digital public historians, digital archivists, and digital curators of memorials and memory sites. This course is a combination of theoretical and hands-on approaches to the creation of cultural digital archives of memorial sites using OMEKA open source software. Using a combination lab and discussion format, students will gain direct experience creating digital archives. Working with the VOICES of September 11th 9/11 Living Memorial Project primary source material contributed by family members, students will help add to the digital collection
that will memorialize the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Information on 9/11 Memorials, corporations, community response to the attacks, and stories of the survivors and rescue workers will be added to the archive. In the process of adding this material to the 9/11 Living Memorial Project, students will apply theoretical knowledge gained through readings and discussions.

Required Textbook:

Cohen, D. J., Rosenzweig, R. 2006. Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web. (online)
Hughes, L. M. 2004. Digitizing collection: strategic issues for the information manager.

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