Mason Collaborates with Virginia Tech on April 16 Archive

Posted: May 2, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Virginia Tech’s Center for Digital Discourse and Culture announced the launch of the April 16 Archive documenting the tragic murders committed on the Virginia Tech campus that day. The project was developed in cooperation with Mason’s Center for History and New Media (CHNM), and uses technologies that CHNM employs in digital archives such as the September 11 Digital Archive and the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank.

According to the news release issued by Virginia Tech, “This new online archive assists artists, humanists, social scientists and all other scholars who seek, today and in the future, to develop a better understanding of the violent events of April 16, 2007, at Virginia Tech. It is also available to the general public of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States of America, and the world at large as we come to terms with a local, national and global event that will have ramifications for years to come.”

As with CHNM’s other digital projects, the archive will collect first-hand comments, photos, sound recordings, media reports, personal writings, official statements, individual blog postings and related documents that can be stored as digital files.

In a slightly different twist, the archive will welcome responses from around the world in any language.

“Through this archive, we aim to leave a positive legacy for the larger community and contribute to a collective process of healing, especially as those affected by this tragedy tell their stories in their own words,” the news release stated.

“The attacks happened in Blacksburg, Va., but they were experienced around the world through mass media and community ties. The accounts of that day from any site across the globe are, therefore, very important to the April 16 Archive as it documents the full impact of this tragic event,” the release concluded.

A statement from CHNM read, “The Center for History and New Media is honored to be part of this important project and proud to assist the efforts of our Virginia Tech colleagues to preserve the memory of the recent tragedy in Blacksburg.”

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