Critical Digital Archive User Experience Test
Dear mentors and scholars,

As I am doing research on theories and praxes of critical digital archiving as my doctoral dissertation, I would like to request you to participate in the following user-experience survey with the prototype of critical digital archive I am building right now with my street photography of Kathmandu I had done in 2017. You can find the prototype of my critical digital archive in: http://cassacda.com/.

Before moving ahead with this project, I would like to hear from you your experience, thoughts, or feedback on how I can improve this Digital Archive. You will find more information about the archive and this project in "About" page at http://cassacda.com/about. I am creating this archive in collaboration with and support of CASSA and SAFAR.

Your feedback will lead me to another step of making further decisions regarding design, digitalism, and digital archives, the selection of photographs, the nature of metadata, and theorization of it all. And as this kind of projects, especially when the goal is to attempt at decolonizing and depatriarchalizing language, resources, knowledge, information, technology, design, digitalism, and digital archives, it demands non-hierarchical interdisciplinary collaborations and dialogues. I am hoping to make this user-experience survey an initiation of that humble and open-ended dialogues and collaborations.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Bibhushana Poudyal
Email: bibhushanabimej@gmail.com; bpoudyal@miners.utep.edu
http://bibhushanapoudyal.com/

1. On a scale from 1-7, with 1 being not effective at all and 7 being very effective, how effective do you think the website title is in conveying the purpose of the site?
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2. On a scale from 1-7, with 1 being not effective at all and 7 being very effective, how effective do you think the header image is in conveying the purpose of the site?
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3. On a scale from 1-7, with 1 being not effective at all and 7 being very effective, how effective do you think the header text is in conveying the purpose of the site?
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4. On a scale from 1-7, with 1 being not effective at all and 7 being very effective, how effective do you think the footer text is in conveying the purpose of the site?
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5. What type of street photography collections do you imagine for this type of digital archives?
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6. In the homepage, you will see featured item, featured collection, and featured exhibit? Would you like to change them or are they okay the way they are? Which one would you like to change and why? What kind of images would you like to see there if we are to non-stereotype Nepal and Kathmandu?
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7. Imagine that you are showing, for instance, your American/African/European friend, about Nepal and Kathmandu, which part would you show from this website?
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8. How do you think I can make navigation of website easier?
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9. What kind of metadata (description of photographs, collections, and exhibitions of photographs) do you think I should use ? For instance, as I am creating a collection of streets in Shivaratri, I am planning to use metadata as a description of multiple dilemma I encountered while making those photography decisions rather than just the information of Shivaratri. Or would you like to recommend other ways so that this archive does not become another imperial/colonial version of digital archive on Non-Western world?
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10. What are those things that you wish were not there in the website?
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11. Find three image that you think are interesting and different ways of looking at Nepal (Copy the links here).
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12. Do you think I should invite others (from Nepal) to join in this critical digital archiving project?
13. Do you think I should invite others (from other South Asian countries) to join in this critical digital archiving project?
14. What other digital archives do you think I should look at to inform my process of building my archive?
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15. What other theorists, scholars, or practitioners do you think I should read or listen to as I continue building my archive?
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16. Most of the digital archives projects about Nepal are conducted by Non-Nepalis (Westerners) and archived in Non-Nepali (Western) institutions. For instance, Digital Archaeology Foundation (https://www.digitalarchaeologyfoundation.com/about-the-digital-archaeology-foundation/ ), Nepal Earthquake (https://archive-it.org/collections/5764), The Thak Archive (http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/thakarchive/), Birds of Nepal (http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/birdsofnepal/). What impressions did you get of Nepal from these digital archives?
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17. Anything you want to say, which could not be included in above questions?
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