Introducing Our Research Areas: Digital Archiving

DWRL Staff

Digital Archiving

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Archival theories and practices have long been central to scholarship on rhetorical history. With the emergence of technologies in digital archiving, however, and as rhetorical scholars have become involved in the construction of digital archives and exhibits, we increasingly recognize archives themselves as rhetorical entities.

Introducing Our Research Areas: Devices

DWRL Staff


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Staffers working in the Devices research area focus on experimenting with discrete artifacts, exploring the affordances of these materials within the lab’s mission. These artifacts range from what are now considered mundane technologies (e.g., keyboards, smartphones, tablets) to 3D printers, microprocessors and microcomputers, virtual reality devices and software, and so on.

Introducing Our Research Areas: Data

DWRL Staff


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Over the last few years, “big data” has become a big deal. From election predictions to controversial surveillance programs, and from forms of data visualization to research in rhetoric and the humanities, digital data is being tracked, gathered, and deployed in unprecedented ways.

Introducing Our Research Areas: Accessibility

DWRL Staff


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Throughout its history, the DWRL has had a persistent commitment to accessibility. Following in the footsteps of former lab director John Slatin, who played a key role in making the Internet more accessible to people with disabilities, DWRL staffers in this research area work with a broad definition of “accessibility” as they investigate and experiment with technologies designed to make digital spaces more open, usable, and accessible.