Digital Rescue History


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Wystąpienie z 24 IX 2010 w czasie Sommerakademie: Neue Medien in den Geschichts- und Osteuropawissenschaften organizowanej przez Hereder-Institut w Marburgu [20-26 IX 2010]

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Digital Rescue History

  1. 1. MODERN LOCAL HISTORY Methodological misunderstanding We all [think we] now what is local history... local history is about reconstructing past communities, in ways which make sense, rather than worrying about issues linked to postmodernism and other theoretical constructs wchich seem to approach the wider issues in a negative rather than constructive manner. Local history was traditionally the study of a particular local community, or group of communities (in the sense of county) without specific reference to the broader range of events, forces and processes impinging on those communities. J. Becket , Writing Local History Regional and local history ● Methodological misunderstanding (in Poland) What is heritage? ● Redefining the meaning of (local) heritage Professionals and ameteurs (citizen historians): ● Polish vs. British experience
  2. 2. MODERN LOCAL HISTORY „Sensual” local history. Why not! Reaching for new sources / new fields Soundscape Scent-scape What can we get from „feeling” the past and which past can be felt Traverse for new ideas What can BE „local history”
  3. 3. RESCUE HISTORY New way of looking at local history
  4. 4. RESCUE HISTORY New way of looking at local history Origins of Rescue History idea Rescue: ● Why? ● What? ● From what? ● From whom?
  5. 5. RESCUE HISTORY New way of looking at local history Beta definition: The aim of rescue history should be rescuing the relatively closed fragments of past, relatively from the risk of loss to the widely understand heritage. Rescue history should use "active" methods of protecting the past in which restored, described, archived, and interpreted past should be returned to its rightful owners with use of modern methods and research tools. In the circle of its interests should pasts particularly at risk from deliberate distortion, not covered by a network of academic research or located on the outskirts of the historical perception.
  6. 6. DIGITAL RESCUE HISTORY Reasons for making rescue history digital Idea of digital history Principles for online local history projects: ● Usability ● Visibility ● Accessibility ● Effectiveness ● Impression
  7. 7. DIGITAL RESCUE HISTORY Benefits of doing Rescu History digital ● Participation ● Democratization ● Easy-to-made ● Easy-to-share ● Impact ● Efficiency ● Low-costs
  8. 8. ON-LINE LOCAL HISTORY PROJECTS Different needs Different approaches Different project: ● Witnica - ● Krzyż-Kreuz - ● Virtual Village - ● Podgó - ● Local heritage digitalization panel on Medialab Chrzelice
  9. 9. ON-LINE LOCAL [Rescue] HISTORY PROJECTS Is there a „road map” for making on-line LH projects? New media / New “Old” media / Traditional approaches: approaches: Mashup Archive query GPS tools Oral history Social network / Digital diaspora Interview Digital storytelling Printed publication Non-linear narration Writing „History” Microhistory (nano-history) Written sources 3D reconstructions Library and Museum materials Virtual reality … etc. Argumented reality Rephotography [Revideo] Crowdsourcing Grassroot digitalization … etc.
  10. 10. DIGITAL RESCUE HISTORY Perspectives for digital rescue history