Ember is a collection of born-digital documents generated during the events following the 1999 Bonfire collapse by people impacted by the events. Ember takes an approach to digital libraries that we are calling digital memorial museums that incorporates emotional design and exhibit curation in addition to tools to support scholars interested in studying the collection.
For this project we currently are working with the emails in this collection but opportunities exist to bring digital photos and other documents into the system as well as the creation of curated exhibits and scholarly tools.
Walden's Paths is a system for allowing users to build linear narrative structures, called paths, on top of found pages on the web. Each page in the path has any number of user-provided annotations. These paths are useful in building context and directing attention to readers of the paths. Version 4 of the system is built around a RESTful JSON API. Currently we have a number of authoring and presentation interfaces under development against this new API. For this project there are opportunities to enhance one of our under-development interfaces, CoWPaths, or for the creation of a new interface.
CoWPaths is a collaborative authoring tool that aims to support group-based collaboration and reuse of existing paths. While this tool has some basic features implemented, many portions have not been completed.