Oral Histories on the Internet
The Internet is quickly becoming the most popular and the best way for oral historians to reach their audience. The World Wide Web is a part of the Internet that is made up of websites accessible via a browser, such as Explorer or Firefox. The Internet is a vast computer network for data exchange, which includes the World Wide Web, email, FTP, instant messaging, and other protocols. Since so much Internet use is via the World Wide Web, the terms are often used interchangeably. A website is simply an interface between the information and the user. It determines what users see and how it is arranged. A website can disappear forever, or the content can change without notice. The jukebox idea began as a digital preservation project in 1988 with a start-up grant from Apple Computer and the creative thinking born of a project fighting for survival.