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These documents were created during the Winter 2014 term for the UMSI class, Citizen Interaction Design. The goal of the class is to have students working in the City of Jackson to design and create information tools and services in order to increase civic engagement.

Over the course of the term we worked with the Jackson City department Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries. We were presented with an initial administrative and records management problem. Through research and interviews with citizens, we clarified the problem and created two tools to address their problem space. The first solution was to begin the process of digitizing the historical records deed and log books. Second, we created a history hunt pamphlet that encourages exploration of one of Jackson's historic cemeteries.

  • This is the History Hunt of Jackson that we created to bring families to the cemeteries and rethink the idea of the cemetery as a public spa
  • The slide deck for the final presentation given in Jackson on April 25, 2014.
  • A sustainability document which explains the framework for assessing the quality of digital images returned from a vendor.
  • The RFP created for the historical deed and logbooks from the Jackson Cemeteries.



  • Anna Muth

    Anna Muth / Participant

    During this project I learned about archives, cemeteries, and working with city officials. I explored the city cemeteries to learn mote about their history. I created documents to help guide the city through the project. 
  • Sarah Mainville

    Sarah Mainville / Researcher, Presenter

    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
    During the process, I used my previous experiences working on digitization projects to guide the research of best practices, digitization vendors, and RFI and RFP process. I created sustainability documents that would guide the City on how to assess the digital images for quality control and what to do with images once they have been approved. Additionally, I presented the project to the City officials and citizens on April 25, 2014.
  • Maria Cecilia Caride

    Maria Cecilia Caride / Researcher, Interviewer, Editor, Designer

    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
    I inventoried materials to be digitized and assisted with interviewing citizens and City staff.
    I wrote sections of the RFP and sustainability document, and helped edit both for clarity and style.
    I created the History Hunt brochure, combining my teammates' photographs and text and my own mini-map.
  • University of Michigan School of Information

    University of Michigan School of Information

    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor


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