Reworking the Texas Observer Archives
The Texas Observer is an Austin-based nonprofit news organization that has been publishing magazines since 1954. Currently the Texas Observer’s website includes web archives of their born-digital content and print archives of digitized back issues of their magazines from the past 60+ years. The purpose of this project was to assess these collections in their current state and make recommendations for how to better organize them in a way that will improve: discoverability, searchability, and browsing. Using principles of information architecture and design, metadata, and digital collections, I created a report that included observations and analysis of the current archive system, an outline of the Texas Observer’s goals for the imminent redesign of the archives, and recommendations for the structure of the new archives.