Even after six months, it’s tough to look at the teddy bear in the glass exhibit case, with a hand­written note penned to its chest.

Dear Little Boy,” reads the note, which was left at a since-​​dismantled tem­po­rary memo­rial for eight-​​year-​​old Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard. “I am so sorry that you are in heaven. My sister and I just wanted to give you a little gift to show you how sorry we are. From: Isabel and Ava.”

Six months after the bomb­ings and the mas­sive man­hunt that ensued, the bear was among a handful of phys­ical memen­toes that went on brief dis­play at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, where researchers are trying to create a dif­ferent kind of memo­rial: not phys­ical, but digital.

Our Marathon” is a dig­ital archive for which 3,000 photos, videos, oral his­to­ries, cyber-​​updates, and other items have been col­lected since marathon week. Orga­nizers say the six-​​month mark is the prime time to col­lect more.

We want to try to cap­ture them before people do move on,” says Ryan Cordell, one of the researchers behind the project. “At six months, people can be a bit more reflec­tive, and oral his­to­ries become very possible.”

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