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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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