Open Access News

News from the open access movement

Monday, April 30, 2007

Virginia Tech archive on the April 16 killings

Virginia Tech has launched an OA archive to understand the killings on its campus two weeks ago and commemorate its victims.  From today's announcement:

Virginia Tech’s Center for Digital Discourse and Culture (CDDC) is collecting materials to launch the April 16 Archive. This new online archive is meant to assist 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. In addition, it is working in concert with the Virginia Tech’s University Libraries Archive, which is documenting and preserving displays both to honor individual members of the university community and to provide an historical archive for future researchers....

The Archive will preserve a diverse record of the events surrounding April 16, 2007 by collecting many accounts compiled from first-hand observations, photographic images, sound recordings, media reports, personal writings, official statements, individual blog postings, and any other documents that can be stored as digital files.

“In addition to local reactions, we welcome responses from across the globe in any language,” said Brent Jesiek, manager of the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture. “Our goal is 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.” ...