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Tuesday, August 18 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Research Forum Poster: Defining an African Heritage in Alabama

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The preservation of the history and culture of African-American communities and the sharing of that knowledge with the general public and academic researchers are prevalent issues in Alabama. The “African Heritage in Alabama” project initiates the resolution of these issues first through surveying what awareness and accessibility exists regarding information about African-American history in the state. The project then strengthens awareness and accessibility through the development of a state catalog portal regarding African-American archival, artifact, and manuscript collections; a GIS program that changes information from several of these sources into spatial and attribute datasets that allow users to visualize the evolution of African-American history in the state; and the improvement of web presence and accessibility for African Americans in both urban and rural areas of the state to communicate and disseminate their stories to others.

Such efforts include surveying archives, museums, historical properties, and genealogical and other cultural organizations of varying size throughout the state to determine their emphasis on preserving African-American information resources as well as their level of involvement with local residents. The “African Heritage in Alabama” application is inspired by current platforms of spatial, textual, artifact, and oral data like Monticello’s Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, and currently experiments with technologies like Google’s My Maps Pro and the Library of Congress NDIIPP’s ViewShare application.

About the Author:

Justin Rudder serves as the AlabamaMosaic Shared Server Coordinator at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. His duties include assisting repositories throughout Alabama in finding cost-efficient methods of digitizing their holdings and hosting them on a variety of different digital asset management platforms, and ultimately amplifying patron accessto these records through the statewide digital archive collaborative Alabama Mosaic, http://alabamamosaic.org/.

Justin received a Bachelor of Science degree in History from Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama, in Spring 2009, and a Master of Arts degree in History and Archival Studies from Auburn University in Fall 2015. Justin’s academic research focuses on comparing the goals, challenges, and achievements in processing and providing accessibility to physical and digital records in the archival and archaeological professions. He also studies how archaeological and archival records can be pulled together in a digital environment to assist in reconstructing the development of African-American communities in Alabama.


Tuesday August 18, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 26A Cleveland Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114

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