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The National September 11 Memorial & Museum’s mission is to bear witness to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993, and honor the nearly 3,000 victims of these attacks and those who risked their lives to save others. In order to drive a deep level of engagement with the website and museum collections, the organization worked with Archetype to design and develop a set of dynamic and interactive applications that are both media-rich and highly accessible.

The result was the 9/11 Interactive Timeline, which was launched last Wednesday, February 23, 2011.  Hosted on Windows Azure, the 9/11 Interactive Timeline incorporates a rich set of audio, video and images from the Museum’s collection to enable users to follow the events of September 11, 2001.  As users interact with the timeline, they can learn more about specific artifacts and can share their experiences with others via social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter.

Archetype also designed and developed the Lady Liberty interactive experience for the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  Also hosted on Windows Azure, the Lady Liberty interactive experience brings to life a replica of Lady Liberty, which was placed outside a Manhattan firehouse in the days following September 11, 2001. In order to allow online visitors to experience the tributes and remembrances that adorn Lady Liberty from torch to toe, the online application allows users to select from a whole series of images, as well as pan through and zoom into or magnify any part of an image.  Users can also learn more about some of the artifacts through intuitive callouts and pop-ups.

Archetype also developed an advanced Windows Azure-based administration tool for these applications, allowing the 9/11 Memorial and Museum staff to manage content, as well as stage, preview and test updates. You can learn more about Archetype here.


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