Photo: Alicia Peaker and Jim McGrath presenting a poster on Our Marathon at the DH2014 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo by Elizabeth Maddock Dillon.
Hi! Our Marathon Project Co-Director Jim McGrath here with some updates on the archive.
Last week, my fellow Project Co-Director Alicia Peaker and I presented a poster on the archive at Digital Humanities 2014. DH is one of the biggest annual events in the field of digital humanities, so we were excited that our poster was accepted to this year’s conference, which was held in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Our poster highlighted Our Marathon’s interest in archiving the recent past, our use of Omeka (a web platform described as “Wordpress for museums”) and our community outreach. You can view a PDF of the poster here (best viewed in full-screen, as the font size is a bit small in this format).
The Our Marathon team is having a busy summer. Here are some highlights:
-We have a team of undergrads and graduate students helping us add new items to the Boston City Archives Collection, which features letters to the city of Boston and items from the Copley Square Memorial. Thanks again to efforts of the Boston City Archives and to the generosity of Iron Mountain for making this work possible. New items are being added to this collection each day.
-Kevin Smith, the project manager overseeing the Boston City Archives Collection work, has created a map that highlights the sources of items in the archive. We now have a wide range of items from around the world.
-Nate Rehm-Daily, an undergraduate from Haverford College, is working on the project this summer. He’s primarily helping us create new digital exhibits, which you’ll be seeing soon. Nate also re-designed the archive’s "Explore" page. Nate’s participation in the project is made possible by The Tri-Co DH Initiative.
-Claudia Willett is our latest Simmons College intern (the third that Our Marathon has had the pleasure of working with!). She’s been responsible for overseeing this very blog (thanks for letting me borrow this space, Claudia!) and helping with digital exhibits.
Claudia is also creating educational resources for the archive, which will be up on the site this summer. If you are an educator that has ideas about how to use Our Marathon in the classroom (or if you’ve already used it in class discussions), please contact us at marathon[at]neu[dot]edu.
-The WBUR Oral History Project recently posted "Stories From The Spaulding Rehabilitation Center," a series of interviews with the team at Spaulding. Our Marathon will be posting some additional interviews later this summer: watch this space for updates.
-We are still looking for people to share stories, photos, social media, and other content with Our Marathon. While we are in the process of making close to 9,000 items publicly available on the site, we also want to make sure that we cover a wide range of stories and memories of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. No Story Is Too Small. Please consider sharing yours today.
Finally, I’d like to mention that Our Marathon Project Co-Director Alicia Peaker successfully defended her dissertation in the spring, and so she is no longer at Northeastern or with the archive team. Alicia was essential to Our Marathon’s efforts over the past year. The newly-minted Dr. Peaker will be missed by the team, and it was great to work with her again last week in Lausanne!
You can find out more about Our Marathon from our Twitter account (@OurMarathon), our Facebook page, and, of course, this blog. If you have any questions about the project or how you might share your story, e-mail us at marathon[at]neu[dot]edu.