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Accessibility and Data
The improvement of technology has allowed for the swiftest communication between individuals and even institutions and organisations. The technology allows entities such as libraries and cultural archives to be available for everyone.For this small post I will be referring to the data that is not intended for commercial or economic gain. The information that interest me is archival information where books, music and films that exist as physical entities and then have been digitised.
The transfer allows the user to interact with the information and allow it to be read differently. Creating a new data altogether. Rhythms of a practical song can be visualised and mapped and even form into a 3D image. Also with accessibility to all users, the information can be translated in different language and even form a language of its own.The storage and display of information as a digital form is efficient,reliable and cheaper.

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An example is the digital project called the Digital Karnak. The Digital Karnak is the Karnak Temple in virtual form. It exists virtually as a space that can be exhibited across time as a geographical location.The project is created by the UCLA’S Digital Institute and funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities. The site provides a mic of archives, videos and timeline of the temple that allows the user to explore this history of the temple. Using different formats to present the information, the user “experiences” the temple.

The home page of the site contains sub-pages; Time map, Experience Karnak, Browse Archive and google earth. The Time map allows the user to visualise the growth of the temple as a location presented in google map. By adjusting the timeline, different stages of the temple will be expressed. The Experience Karnak page contains written files (pdfs) and videos which details the rituals and festivities conducted within the temple. Google earth gives the user the ability to download the time map and view the information using the Google earth application. The digital Karnak is expressed as a periodical, geographical, visual and written format. As a digital format,the information has a different relationship with the user. It takes on a more fluid form that can be seen in different perspectives rather than one.

 

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