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  • Northeastern University creates digital archive for marathon bombings - 05/24/2013

    Researchers at Northeastern University are compiling a digital archive devoted to the Boston Marathon bombings, the university announced today in a statement.

    The “Our Marathon” project is sponsored by Northeastern’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and
    Networks, and will include photos, videos, and social media related to the attacks. The team will hold a series of public outreach events this summer to collect materials. The researchers are also exploring part­ner­ships with government officials, media orga­ni­za­tions, and other uni­ver­si­ties to expand the archive.

    Featured items include a tweet by the Boston Police Department announcing that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been captured, and a screenshot of a Facebook messageabout how the city had gone into lockdown.

    “This archive is really a way to help with healing process and pre­serve these mem­o­ries for the his­tor­ical record,” Ryan Cordell, an assis­tant pro­fessor of Eng­lish and Our Marathon’s project man­ager said in the statement. “We want to cap­ture as many mate­rials as we can that help tell the stories—not just the what hap­pened, but how people expe­ri­enced what happened.”