Beyond the Trenches
Digital Resources
from the
University of Oxford

Kate Lindsay
IT Services (Academic)
University of Oxf...
It all started
with poetry…
I’m trying to stop them rehashing
the same old A’ Level essays and I
think drafts are a really good way
to do that…

Anthe...
www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit
MSS Drafts, Published Texts, Correspondence, Photographs,
Service Records, Diaries…
Images: Blunden Family Archive via the First World War Poetry Digital Archive
http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/education
http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/first-world-war-poetry-digital-archive
They contributed to a
community collection
6500
20,000
Cyprus
60,000
items
48 roadshows & online
4000 stories
Resource Library
http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/
• Mapping the Impact of
the Great War
• 18Ib Artillery Shells:
The Great War
Recycled
• Shellshock on Film
• Verdun 1916
•...
Audio & Video Talks
http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/first-world-war-new-perspectives
Visualisations
To re-present digital content
around World War I in
technologically innovative and
inventive ways to showca...
http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.
ac.uk/category/battle-of-arras/
http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/space-into-place/the-terrains-of-the-great-war/
http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/space-into-place/wikipedia-and-the-fronts-of-ww1/
http://www.manypedia.com/
http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/space-into-place/mapping-the-impact-of-the-great-war/
http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/body-and-mind/the-spanish-influenzapandemic-and-its-relation-to-the-first-world-war/
http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag/simulations
Can technology move us ‘beyond the
trenches’?

http://www.slideshare.net/WW1C
Kate Lindsay

Manager for Education Enhancem...
Beyond the Trenches - Digital Resources from the University of Oxford
Beyond the Trenches - Digital Resources from the University of Oxford
Beyond the Trenches - Digital Resources from the University of Oxford
Beyond the Trenches - Digital Resources from the University of Oxford
Beyond the Trenches - Digital Resources from the University of Oxford
Beyond the Trenches - Digital Resources from the University of Oxford
Beyond the Trenches - Digital Resources from the University of Oxford
Beyond the Trenches - Digital Resources from the University of Oxford
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An overview of the digital resources available from the University of Oxford to support new directions in teaching the First World War. All are available under open licenses to allow download, reuse, adaptation and redistribution in education worldwide.

This presentation was given as a keynote at the Midlands History Forum, University of Birmingham on the 19th October 2013.

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  • Can technology move us beyond the trenches?
  • This is the First World War Poetry Digital Archive website. We’ve c. 7,000 digital images of primary source material (manuscripts, letters, photos, service records) relating to the poetsA virtual Museum to house the digitised manuscripts of dispersed collections of WW1 poetry and related contextual material from some of the major writers of the war. Primary source material dispersed amongst libraries and archives in the UK, USA and Canada. Digitisation performed by holding institutions according to project benchmarks.No physical manifestation of this archive to compliment the online collectionBuilt up over a series of digitisation projects since 1996. Most recently funding received for Apr 07 - Mar 09 and Oct 08 - Sept 09 to expand and enhance the archive (JISC Digitisation Programme).You can see the search box where you can start exploring. And links to the Education Materials and to browse the collections of poetry.
  • Isaac Rosenberg – ask more ephemeral questions – the effect of experience of looking at these grubby manuscripts – do we feel like looking at these texts do we get a more immediate connections with the poems we are looking at. Emotional responses to seeing archiving texts.
  • Edmund Blunden
  • Alongside our work on the poetry archive we ran The Great War Archive from March to June 2008.This was a ‘Community Collection’ to harvest digital versions of items originating from the First World War held by the general publicIt was quite innovative – involving the public in all aspects of digitisation and cataloguingIdea of a community collection- Bridge the gap between non-institutional pro-amateurs and institutional collections and their online presence.Creation of digital resources by armateursDigitisation of family history and genealogy is very popular – harnessing this power of amateur digitisation- Democratising in nature – accept everything, not selective
  • Also tells of the impact on families and communities at home, during the War and in it’s wake.
  • Ministry of Culture & Ministry of Defence12 roadshows in Germany and 10 more coming46 Roadshows across France in NovemberYou need some money from a funding body if you need to run a campaign on a national scaleBut don’t need a lot of money to do it on a local scale, or even regional
  • Europeana 1914-1918’s collection includes everything from letters to medals, trench art and uniforms, and even a postcard from the young Adolf Hitler about his dental treatment in 1916. Fascinating as this is, but what use or meaning does such an eclectic 'collection' actually have? The first time (?) that a collection has been formed through pieces that the public have chosen to preserve, and wish to preserve for the futureGenuine raw material
  • The creation of a suite of learning and teaching resources that provide an international, cross-disciplinary reappraisal of WW1 using digital content which will subsequently be brought together and presented as OERs.Put the ‘World’ back into ‘World War’“Get out of the trenches”Battles ‘other than the Somme’Medical aspectsReligious aspectsBattlefield archaeology War and Memory Material cultureThe legacy of the War
  • Podcast series coming soon!
  • Scraping Data from Wikipedia
  • Data from the Commonwealth War Graves
  • Spanish Flu Agent Based Model
  • Virtual World Immersion
  • Beyond the Trenches - Digital Resources from the University of Oxford

    1. 1. Beyond the Trenches Digital Resources from the University of Oxford Kate Lindsay IT Services (Academic) University of Oxford @KTDigital | @WW1C | @WW1Lit
    2. 2. It all started with poetry…
    3. 3. I’m trying to stop them rehashing the same old A’ Level essays and I think drafts are a really good way to do that… Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen To what extent do drafts of this poem challenge its status as a 'work'? Hope Wolf: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/education/pathways/path/w83yc7
    4. 4. www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit
    5. 5. MSS Drafts, Published Texts, Correspondence, Photographs, Service Records, Diaries…
    6. 6. Images: Blunden Family Archive via the First World War Poetry Digital Archive
    7. 7. http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/education http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/first-world-war-poetry-digital-archive
    8. 8. They contributed to a community collection
    9. 9. 6500
    10. 10. 20,000
    11. 11. Cyprus
    12. 12. 60,000 items 48 roadshows & online 4000 stories
    13. 13. Resource Library http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/
    14. 14. • Mapping the Impact of the Great War • 18Ib Artillery Shells: The Great War Recycled • Shellshock on Film • Verdun 1916 • Arras: The Forgotten Battlefield • The Dying Kiss: Gender and Intimacy in First World War Literature • Conflict Culture Community Blog http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/
    15. 15. Audio & Video Talks http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/first-world-war-new-perspectives
    16. 16. Visualisations To re-present digital content around World War I in technologically innovative and inventive ways to showcase the full potential of using open material to seed academic debate and new directions in teaching.
    17. 17. http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox. ac.uk/category/battle-of-arras/
    18. 18. http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/space-into-place/the-terrains-of-the-great-war/
    19. 19. http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/space-into-place/wikipedia-and-the-fronts-of-ww1/
    20. 20. http://www.manypedia.com/
    21. 21. http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/space-into-place/mapping-the-impact-of-the-great-war/
    22. 22. http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/body-and-mind/the-spanish-influenzapandemic-and-its-relation-to-the-first-world-war/
    23. 23. http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag/simulations
    24. 24. Can technology move us ‘beyond the trenches’? http://www.slideshare.net/WW1C Kate Lindsay Manager for Education Enhancement, Academic IT Services Director, First World War Digital Collections University of Oxford katharine.lindsay@it.ox.ac.uk @KTDigital / @WW1C / @WW1LIt

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