About the project and authors
We are a group of undergraduate students from Digital Cultures and Creativity, an honors living and learning program at the University of Maryland. Together with the Future of Information Alliance and the National Parks Service, we are seeking to create a guide to help citizen journalists document and share an event online by providing resources related to documenting and sharing events. The initial focus of our research is the National Mall, and we have started our work by covering events such as the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Our Citizen Journalist’s Toolkit will be designed to be easily understood by novice users yet innovative enough so that more advanced users will also benefit as their groups work to share their cultures and document experiences through collaboration. We look to a future where everyone has equal access to resources and can use them to their fullest potential.
About the Future of Information Alliance
The FIA is a collaborative effort seeking to understand the evolution of information and to serve as a catalyst for transdisciplinary dialogue and research. Four selected groups of graduate and undergraduate research groups received grant funding to accomplish projects focusing on this research.
About Digital Cultures and Creativity
Digital Cultures and Creativity is an interdisciplinary program that examines innovation in the digital era. The program — one of six living and learning honors programs at the University of Maryland — attracts students from at least 37 majors. The two-year, 16-credit program culminates in a capstone project at the end of sophomore year.