As one of our assignments for Digital Scholarly Editing, we were tasked with designing and implementing an outreach activity with the members of the Letters of 1916 team for the project. After thinking about the possibilities of what a successful method of outreach could be, I decided that digital outreach via some sort of web-based platform could perhaps achieve an outreach that went beyond the analogous kind procured from localised events. Continue reading Designing and Releasing a Podcast: Outreach Activity (AFF606b)
In a previous post discussing the Letters of 1916 Project, I broadly considered the means by which that project, a public history project, garnered its database of letters and transcriptions: crowdsourcing. The topic itself appears to be a many-faceted one; does it, as a practice, promote a sense of community? Is this communal sense of preservation more important than the scholarly preservation that happens as a consequence of the former? Is crowdsourcing, in essence, purely a means to a scholarly end; an exploitation of the public by academics? This blog post will explore and argue these questions with the aim of creating a better understanding of crowdsourcing as a practice in public history projects.
Within the Digital Humanities, cultural preservation undoubtedly is one of the focal points of the field. When a piece of history is digitised or recorded and presented to a larger community, it takes on a new role. It becomes a part of a public consciousness in how it is preserved and presented. Continue reading A Commentary on the Letters of 1916 Project (AFF-606B)