Archive Post 10/13

Digital archives are a very useful means of preserving our past. Any controversy over the issues of physical damage done to the original texts is unnecessary and based purely on nostalgia. That being said, there are obviously more than one way to go about creating these archives. While the scholarly archive presents a fact-based, objective view of certain topics, experimental archives are a much more creative and subjective learning experience.

As an example of a scholarly archive, I looked at the Rosetti Archive. It offers information on the life and work of Dante Gabriel Rosetti, and provides samples of his artwork, prose, and poetry as well as related texts from historians as well as contemporaries. This ensures that the reader gets a mainly unbiased experience and takes in information from many different sources.

The Ecclesiastical Proust Archive is an example of an experimental archive. It is setup in more of a blog format and allows its author to insert his own opinions into the text. The information presented, i.e. related texts etc., is chosen by the author and could potentially present his own ideas in a good light only.

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