"Blood, Dirt and Sucked Sugar Stick": The First World War Poetry Digital Archive

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An overview of the First World War Digital Archive, including its aims and collections. Part of the "Electric Connections 2008: Collaborating on Content" conference.

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  • "Blood, Dirt and Sucked Sugar Stick": The First World War Poetry Digital Archive

    1. 1. “ Blood, dirt and sucked sugar stick” The First World War Poetry Digital Archive Electric Connections Conference, Edinburgh, 11th March 2008 Kate Lindsay, Project Manager Oxford University
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>The Goals of the First World War Digital Poetry Archive </li></ul><ul><li>The Collections </li></ul><ul><li>Added Value for Education and Research </li></ul><ul><li>Public Involvement “The Great War Archive” </li></ul>
    3. 3. Background <ul><li>1996: JISC funded the Virtual Seminars Project </li></ul><ul><li>Drew together primary materials on Wilfred Owen scattered across a range of archives and an array of contextual resources (WOMDA) </li></ul><ul><li>Web based tutorials to advance the possibilities of traditional teaching </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. oucs .ox.ac. uk/ltg/projects/jtap/ </li></ul><ul><li>One of the first multimedia collections designed specifically as a teaching resource -more than 1 million hits. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Goals of the First World War Poetry Digital Archive <ul><li>To make primary source material available to researchers and students which would otherwise be difficult to access </li></ul><ul><li>To place the material in context thus widening the site’s appeal to include history, military history, women studies, and media studies </li></ul><ul><li>To add value by providing tools for research and education </li></ul>
    5. 5. The Archive Collections <ul><li>2000+ digital images of primary source material (manuscripts, letters, service records) from Edward Thomas, Robert Graves, Isaac Rosenberg, Vera Brittain and Roland Leighton. </li></ul><ul><li>Online corpora of the full-texts of </li></ul><ul><li>the poems </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia objects (photographs, </li></ul><ul><li>audio and video) from the IWM. </li></ul><ul><li>Publications of War (recruitment </li></ul><ul><li>posters, trench papers etc.) </li></ul>
    6. 10. Added Value: Research <ul><li>Delivery system will allow browsing, advanced searching, comparison, zooming and export of items. </li></ul>
    7. 11. Added Value: Education <ul><li>Workshops and events held with teachers and lecturers to guide development of educational tools and resources </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. oucs .ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts and audio tours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online tutorials and resource packs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion boards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Path creation scheme for teachers to build their own online tutorials and resource packs </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the use Web 2.0 to deliver these resources more widely? </li></ul>
    8. 12. Public Involvement: The Great War Archive www. thegreatwararchive .org <ul><li>What have you got in your attic? </li></ul><ul><li>Tap into the Internet’s potential for amateur digitization Alternative literatures and silent voices of the First World War </li></ul><ul><li>Scribal, oral, pictorial histories </li></ul>
    9. 13. Further Information <ul><li>Kate Lindsay, Project Manager </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. oucs .ox.ac.uk/ww1lit </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.thegreatwararchive.org </li></ul>

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