Folklore, oral history, digital humanities and metadata

Tomorrow (27th October 2015) I will be talking to second year Folklore students about metadata and digital projects in folklore and oral history archives. Here are the slides as hosted on slideshare.

The information sheet for the class is attached as a pdf PJ FL2013 info sheet.

Documentation about metadata is important. The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives have a good set of suggested interpretations for Dublin Core elements (for audiovisual material) here.

Presenting, unravelling, dredging

Last week I presented some of my research as part of the Digital Arts and Humanities research  colloquium at UCC. This work was loosely based on my “Unstable materials” series of blog posts (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are linked here, and an outline of the presentation is uploaded here).

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Unstable materials. Part 6: Digital – fragile, material

Concerns about digital preservation, the fragility of the digital record, have been quite prevalent since the early 1990s (see a previous post – Unstable material Part 5 – and Brown 2013, 9). Some discussions of the digital record have been characterised by what Blanchette (2011) calls the “trope of immateriality”. Such discussions promote or reinforce the idea of unstable materials – with the digital theorised as immaterial, and evidently (consequently?) unstable.

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Unstable materials. Part 5: Thoughts on digital preservation.

This is part of a series of blog posts looking at memory, oral history, archives and digital preservation, and using “unstable materials” as a theme. Part 1 dealt with the relationship between memory and oral history, Part 2 was about individual, collective and cultural memory, Part 3 focused on memory and oral history archives and Part 4 discussed the power of archives, oral history archives, and the development of counter-hegemonic archives.

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Unstable materials. Part 4: Archives, power and counter-hegemony

Unstable materials is an ongoing series of blog posts reflecting on memory, oral history, archives and digital preservation. Previous posts include Part 1 (on memory and oral history), Part 2 (on individual and collective memory) and Part 3 (on collective and cultural memory, and archives).

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Unstable materials. Part 2: Memory – individual, collective and cultural

For a discussion of oral history and memory see Unstable materials. Part 1.

Memories (and how they are recounted) change with time. Personal narratives and identities constructed through memory are fluid, for a multitude of reasons. People change, their goals and priorities change, and as they do, they re-construct their own stories, revise, reimagine and retell their autobiographies.

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