Navigating the Web Archives: A Study of Users' Understanding of Context
Focusing on how these approaches affect the access and presentation methods supported by Archive-It and the Web Archives Workbench, this paper describes a study conducted at the North Carolina State Archives and Library that tested the effect of the two methods on users’ understanding of contextual information. Study participants’ responses indicate that the “archival” model may provide users with a better understanding of a record’s context, but that generally users are confident about their ability to understand the records regardless of access method. Nevertheless, despite these high levels of confidence, participants in this study did not necessarily have a good understanding of the nature of materials captured and archived directly from the Internet. The results of this study also demonstrate that users would like to have contextual information built into document displays, whether in the form of a header containing appropriate metadata or in the documents themselves.
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:archives cataloging metadata electronic data conservation and restoration internet united states
Date of Publication:07/09/2007