Jon Purday


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Presented as part of "Realising the Opportunities of Digital Humanities" (#RODH2012)

Oct 23-25, 2012, Ireland.

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  • One of Europeana’s aims is to promote to people of Europe a sense of their shared history. We needed a way to help relate that to their story, their identity. That doesn’t come from the great collections of cultural treasures. So we created a space in which people could recount their own history. Oxford University IT created a software called Run CoCo – literally - run your community collection Pilot - GW Archive in 2008 We teamed up with Oxford to extend the programme across Europe Crated a dedicated Website
  • Languages Add story – help videos and text – upload like Flickr or Facebook
  • But the real focus was roadshow events. Pioneered in German Main partner: national library of Germany Worked closely with city libraries and museums where the events were held – local stakeholders and volunteers CLICK Life saving bible: Kurt Geiler's Bible, brought in by his son, in his 80s, and his grandson. They recounted how reverentially he would take it from the cabinet and lecture them about the folly of war And at another German roadshow, we were brought a postcard from Hitler
  • Tells his army friend that he’s off to the dentist, and that he hopes to go back to the front line soon
  • We ran a series of these family history roadshows in spring this year Luxembourg and Denmark Attracts media and dignitaries – German ambassador
  • Local mayor Matej Arcon of Nova Gorica, on the Slovenian/Italian border talking to Slavko Zupan, 104, The town is on the Isonso Front, which is the focus of Hemingway’s novel A Farewell to Arms Slavko remembers as a small child seeing Russian prisoners of war bartering their handiwork in exchange for bread and cigarettes His uncle, who ran a café, gave a prisoner a meal in exchange for this crucifix in a bottle, remained in the family ever since
  • Granada TV primetime news
  • National Library of Ireland Most popular roadshow so far
  • The majority of the contributors at the events were aged over 50, and several were in their 80s. They understood the importance of their family histories, especially the unpublished aspect delighted that they had found a way to make them accessible to future generations, to have them taken seriously Digital inclusion, bringing the generations together. Preservation Act of memorial They were the last generation who had known the writers of the letters, or the subjects of the photographs. The forgotten story was true in Germany, and in Ireland
  • Europeana one of the few organisations that has partners throughout Europe, so can run these in most countries Limerick will attended by Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, whose Department has made the Irish roadshow days possible.
  • To date, we’ve recorded about 45,000 images and scans of materials, which document the personal stories . These are complemented by project Collections 14-18 – 8 national libraries digitising the national narratives and published sources Prototype apps – for educational use, or for those visiting battlefields or memorials All data is Creative Commons Zero – dedicated to the public domain, for any type of use whatsoever, including commercial use
  • We run hackathons all round Europe – 1 or 2 day events at which young software developers are invited to create prototype apps This one is a geolocation app – you take a picture of a site or monument today, and using the geolocation co-ordinates, it can bring up earlier pictures held in the Europeana database CLICK Timemash mobile to play movie
  • Jon Purday

    1. 1. Realising the Opportunities of Digital Humanities Jon Purday Dublin 23 October 2012
    2. 2. What connects a life-saving Bible…
    3. 3. …a crucifix in a bottle…
    4. 4. …and a postcard from Hitler?
    5. 5. Oxford University IT: Great War Archive on theRunCoCo platformDigitising and cataloguing family stories, papersand memorabiliaEuropeana partnered with Oxford to roll outprogramme across EuropeDeveloped a website to which people couldupload their own material
    6. 6. Germany 2011 11 Family history roadshows across Germany 600 people came; 350 contributed material 560 people contributed through the website 26,000 images and scans entered Europeana 40% of these were uploaded direct to site Most of the material was unpublished: letters, diaries, drawings, photographs, postcards
    7. 7. The extraordinary moments of ordinary livesThe ordinary moments of extraordinary lives
    8. 8. Luxembourg 6 March 2012 80 contributors, 2,764 scans
    9. 9. 3 roadshows in Slovenia, spring 2012145 visitors86 contributors2,020 scans
    10. 10. Preston 10 March 2012 112 contributors 220 visitors 1,858 scans
    11. 11. Dublin 21March 2012 300 contributors 600 visitors Over 1,400 scans
    12. 12. ‘I’ve treasured these. Nobody elsehas read them and nobody willwant them when I’ve gone’ ‘I’ve never used the Internet - but my nephew can show me’‘It’s falling to pieces;it won’t last much longer’ ‘I think I’m the last one who knows who they were’‘I want to share their story. Out of respect, I suppose’ ‘WW1 is a forgotten story here – or nobody wanted to hear it’
    13. 13. Upcoming roadshows and language sites Banbury, England 3 November 2012 Limerick, Hunt Museum 5 November 2012 Nicosia, Cyprus 1&2 December 2012 Ypres, Belgium 11 December 2012 Trento, Italy 29 March 2013 Talking to: • France Serbia Croatia • Austria Portugal Poland • Greece Russia Turkey
    14. 14. Outcomes of the project Collaboration with Europeana Collections 1914-1918 European Film Gateway 1914-1918 Creating online exhibitions and educational resources Helping position local libraries and museums as centres of community history Making our API available to distribute WW1 data widely to other sites Enabling developers to use the API for prototype apps All Europeana data is CC0 1914-1918 content is CC-BY-SA
    15. 15. Running hackathons to develop pilot apps
    16. 16. Thank you jonathan.purday@bl.ukName