Researchers at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity are com­piling a dig­ital archive devoted to the Boston Marathon bomb­ings, the uni­ver­sity announced today in a state­ment.

The “Our Marathon” project is spon­sored by Northeastern’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and
Net­works, and will include photos, videos, and social media related to the attacks. The team will hold a series of public out­reach events this summer to col­lect mate­rials. The researchers are also exploring part­ner­ships with gov­ern­ment offi­cials, media orga­ni­za­tions, and other uni­ver­si­ties to expand the archive.

Fea­tured items include a tweet by the Boston Police Depart­ment announcing that Tamerlan Tsar­naev had been cap­tured, and a screen­shot of a Face­book mes­sageabout how the city had gone into lockdown.

This archive is really a way to help with healing process and pre­serve these mem­o­ries for the his­tor­ical record,” Ryan Cordell, an assis­tant pro­fessor of Eng­lish and Our Marathon’s project man­ager said in the state­ment. “We want to cap­ture as many mate­rials as we can that help tell the stories—not just the what hap­pened, but how people expe­ri­enced what happened.”

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