Iterations, meaning and re-negotiation of meaning

I see oral history maps as a form of thick mapping. This includes my own particular practice, in collaboration with the Cork Folklore Project, of creating digital oral history maps of Cork. (If not yet quite “thick” enough to qualify as thick maps – the aim is that these can be added to so that they can eventually become “thick”.) These maps are online representations of Cork city, where audio stories (excerpts from oral history interviews) are pinned to points on the map. The audio stories include anecdotes about what happens in these places as well as narratives of personal, embodied experiences of place.
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“Thick mapping”

Thick mapping is an idea derived from Geertz’s idea of thick description (Presner et al. 2014, 11). It is a method of doing ethnography – extensive description about cultural context and meaning – a path to understanding (see an outline of Thick Description and Geertz’s use of it here
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Some words about place in digital space

I am presenting the at the Digital Arts and Humanities Colloquium at University College Cork on 2 March 2016. The title is “Some words about place in digital space.”

Here is my abstract:

Local. Historic. Home. Real. Safe. Mixed. Struggling. These are some words about place taken from oral history interviews in the Cork Folklore Project’s archive. The words were chosen by residents and traders to sum up their own particular place, North Main Street in Cork. The ways that people talk about place can express a sense of belonging and connection with the past, as well as an acknowledgement of real problems. How are expressions of place-attachment used in digital representations of place? And how does this fit in with theories about digital place-making? Can digital humanities practice help to answer these questions?



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.

Creating an oral history of urban decline

This is a modified version of a talk that I gave at DRHA (Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts) at Dublin City University at the beginning of September. The topic of my talk was digital oral history and urban decline, concentrating specifically on a project that I am working on in collaboration with the Cork Folklore Project and as part of my IRC funded research in Digital Arts and Humanities at UCC. Slides are here. There is a pdf of the slides uploaded here (under Research presentations).

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New narratives online (post and poster)

I presented a poster at the launch of DARIAH Ireland on May 18th in Maynooth. The poster features a BRIGHT rainbow colour-scheme inspired by the Yes campaign in the Marriage Equality referendum. Here’s how it looks in not so big…..

New narratives online


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Re-contextualising archival material in digital humanities

This is a short outline of a talk I gave on Friday 20th February in the River Room of the Glucksman Gallery in University College Cork. It was part of a session called “Tangents: Digital Humanities”, our topic was archive and the session was set up during an exhibition (“Selective Memory”) which explored the use of the archive by artists.

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Digital projects – narratives?

When I think of digital humanities projects (the ones that are not about building tools, but about analysing and interpreting humanities data) I think of efforts like Digital Thoreau, Mapping the Republic of Letters, The Shelley-Godwin Archive , Dickens Journal Online and perhaps some smaller efforts of our own such as the Cork Memory Map. All of these are hypertext resources, with the second item viewed not necessarily following on from the first, and the order of viewing beyond the control of the creator(s). Are these narratives?

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