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Use Cases

When co-creating with our partner communities, OpenArchive uses a deliberately slow and in-depth human rights centered research and design methodology to threat-model and create personas in order to map out the use cases and ecosystem. Through this co-research, we are able to identify key pain points and threats these communities face and incorporate this research into building responsive, usable tools to help mitigate harm and technological challenges.

During this process, we create realistic personas based on the actual people we work with in our partner communities. "User personas are [anonymized] archetypical users whose goals and characteristics represent the needs of a larger group of users" (Patrick Faller). Personas can help remind you of real-world constraints, and also help you document and build up necessary internal information about why you’re building something, and the needs of who you’re building with.

See below for some examples of our personas.

Anna
Archivist at HRW

Social media and messaging apps compress audio and video before upload, which is not an option for our work.

Darius
Freelance Videographer

I don’t always capture media from professional cameras. I use my iPhone when I need to be discreet.

Ivan
Project Coordinator at KHPG

Kai
Researcher at HRW

In the past, I would have transferred data to my laptop and uploaded it from there, but I don't do that anymore. I only upload media from my mobile device now.

Nadia
Documenter at KHPG partner organization

Oleksandra
Documenter and database manager at KHPG