Access

Method used by individuals to access artifacts today
By Boyd Williamson



In order to access the artifacts collected by Team 1, users will need the following:

  1. A computer
  2. A web browser such as Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer
  3. An internet connection fast enough to allow for viewing of streaming video
  4. The ability to navigate a wiki and the internet more generally

An example of how a user may access the team’s artifacts follows:

  1. The user turns on a computer.
  2. She then opens up a web browser such as Firefox.
  3. In the text field (usually at the top of the web browser) known as the address bar, the user enters this text <http://team1wiki.wikispaces.com/> and then presses the <enter> or <return> button on her keyboard.
  4. The home page for Team 1’s wiki should now appear. She may click on any of the topic areas listed in the wiki’s index on the left side of the screen. For instance, she may click on “Exercise Artifacts.”
  5. She may now scroll down the Exercise Artifacts page and view the artifacts, and explanatory text, presented there.
  6. If she wishes to view an artifact in the form of a You Tube video, she should locate the desired video (usually recognizable by a prominent video still above a play button and time bar). She should then locate the larger play button in the middle of the video still and click on it. The video should then begin to play.

While a significant portion of potential users, particularly those in the industrialized world, will have little trouble meeting the four requirements at the top of this article and following the six steps described directly above, there may be some who encounter difficulty.

Besides the obvious potential problems—no access to computers, too slow of a connection speed, insufficient computer skills, etc.—there are two other specific cases worth mentioning. First, while non-English speakers will be able to view the artifacts, they would miss some of the contextualization provided by the explanatory texts. Second, some potential users may have disabilities—such as blindness—that would prevent them from viewing the artifacts. While there are programs that are able to translate written text into spoken text, the problem remains that the artifacts themselves are all visually-dependent formats such as screen captures and videos.