During our tenure at HyperStudio as research assistants, we’ve had the chance to work on a number of archival projects at various stages of implementation. From uploading, encoding, and storing of data, to visualizing, displaying and making it accessible, we’ve gotten first hand experience into the tremendous amount of possibilities and variables at play in the creation of digital repositories. And for our part, we’ve come to focus on the idea of an Active Archive–or a digital repository in which users have the ability to interact with resources in order to craft, discover and share links between content previously unknown. Key to this idea is the understanding of the “an-archive,” first proposed by Laearns & Gielen in their 2007 article “The archive of the digital an-archive.”
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