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(Panharith Ean)

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  Web Portal   The Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) is the world’s largest repository of printed documents and other original documentary material relating to the Democratic Kampuchea regime. The Center holds over one million pages of records, images, audio and video files. This web portal will serve as an online platform to access these resources, building on stories and information.

Client: The Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam)
Role: interface/concept design, user experience research








The Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) is the world’s largest repository of printed documents and other original documentary material relating to the Democratic Kampuchea regime. The Center holds over one million pages of records, images, audio and video files. This web portal will serve as an online platform to access these resources, building on stories and information.

Client: The Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam)
Role: interface/concept design, user experience research






Digital home for an emotional archive
___Pain points
Currently, the resources are only available for physical retrieval at the Center, which is only possible for local students and scholars. The Center aims to reach a wider audience with its rich resources and to disseminate many of its on-going projects.

The condition of the primary text documents are deteriorating, which require restoration, a process that could be combined with manual transcription and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) scanning for web’s digital database.








100,000 pages of non-public records
___Goal
The primary goal of this web portal is to provide access to 100,000 pages of currently non-public records from DC-Cam’s archive in support of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Khmer and English, with a long term plan to host most of the Center’s documents and resources. The secondary goal is for the web portal to be an all-encompassing platform, presenting the Center’s ongoing projects and news.

Working in close collaboration with the Center’s director, content strategists, and IT team, we develop the site in three phases:
1. Website structure, content organization
2. Convert and upload 100,000 pages of the DC-Cam’s non-public records in support of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
3. Converting the rest of DC-Cam’s physical archive into the web portal

This initial phase of the project sets up the website’s structure to be built on and to organize the existing content.







Cabinet of curiosities
___Organization
This web portal, aligned with DC-Cam ethos, is built upon five principles: Memory, Justice, Healing, Peace, Development. Each of the principles represents five categories of information respectively: education, documentation, research, tour, resources. The five principles become an organizational and navigational device, shaping the website. Each section hosts different category of resources and links to the each of the Center’s anchor project.




















A blank canvas
___Design
Due the large quantity of information and content, the website interface aims to be as minimal as possible, giving space to text-base information and images. The homepage is blank canvas for content to be built on when user navigates through the website. The use of accent colors, derived from the Center’s color theme and Cambodian flag: maroon, navy blue, and white, indicates different components on the site.