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Title:Digital Archives and the Turn to Design
Author(s):Purdy, James Peter
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Hawisher, Gail E.
Department / Program:English
Discipline:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Education, Technology of
Abstract:The argument proceeds through case studies of three different digital archive technologies: digital document repositories (web sites that store and provide access to archival collections online), wikis (dynamic, collaboratively authored web sites that anyone can add to or change), and plagiarism detection services (web sites that test uploaded papers to determine if they include language copied directly from other sources). Specifically, my primary objects of analysis are JSTOR (Journal Storage, the Scholarly Journal Archive), Wikipedia, and Turnitin, respectively. Because technologies are both discursive and material constructions, I study the discourse surrounding and the functionality of each technology using a design approach that builds on Gunther Kress' notion of design but extends it beyond the visual to the structural. As increasing numbers of texts take digital form, the problems and promise of digital archives will demand thoughtful responses. The ways in which these spaces are designed will determine the kinds of texts that will be produced and valued in the future.
Issue Date:2006
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:300 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/81422
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3223696
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2006


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