TO DISPLAYHarambee City website utilizes the OMEKA platform to display a digital collection about CORE. Although scholars and academics rarely share their research materials, this site is meant to follow traditional expectations associated with public historians and archivists. Key elements within these fields include open access when feasible, public viewing, interactive conversation, and project participation.
I include a mini finding aid under Scope and Content. However, the guide is somewhat limited in that I do not provide box level description and I restrict archival arrangement. Initially, I chose Omeka because it facilitated word search on subject matter within the site along with a browsing function for general view of all the documents. However, the search button was removed due to the need to condense space to preserve the website itself. It now, unfortunately, requires a document by document search.
The Scope and Content is followed by a section on Restrictions. Although the site is designed for open access, there are limitations to use. First, these sources can only be used for educational purposes. Second, copyright and questions of ownership remain unclear in some cases. As such, documents associated with Antoine Perot are treated similar to personal papers in archives. There is no claim of intellectual copyright, but there is a claim of physical ownership. Most important, all users must respect the intent and sensibility imbued in both the word and spirit of these documents.