Recently, I used OpenStreetMap, a digital tool for mapping, as part of my assignment for one of my Digital Humanities modules. I chose to map Rathcormac, a village in North Cork which I personally know. I found the experience enjoyable, beneficial and enlightening. In order to increase my readers’ understanding of this experience, I will explore it under the following points: the process I undertook; the implications of what I contributed; what I learned from the experience and how I feel that I might be able to apply the spatial or the crowdsourced initiatives in my own work, be it now or in the future. Continue reading
Knight Lab is a joint initiative of journalists and computer programmers to design tools and apps, specially aimed at journalists, publishers and “media makers”. Every tool is open source and delightfully simple to access and operate. Some projects help their users to gather data, others to present it and yet others to analyse and interpret it. TwXplorer (Northwestern University Knight Lab, 2013), the tool that will be evaluated here, gathers data from Twitter according to your search term and presents the results in an aesthetic and comprehensible manner.
According to The Atlantic,
“Information flows through Twitter in dynamic, interconnected ways. That complexity has brought about, from historians, tools to try to capture this stream, and from journalists, tools to try to distill it.
[TwXplorer] does both.”(Meyer, 2013)
For one of our Digital Humanities modules, we were required to make a group presentation and “create an open access digital artefact that remediates, recontextualises, retells, or invents a traditional story.” (Alexander, 2015) I was grouped with Laoise Byrne-Ring and Eoin O’ Connor, and after discussing our options, we decided to transform a traditional story into a piece of digital artwork. We chose Goldilocks and the Three Bears as our story as it is a universally known and simple fairy tale that everyone recognises. We would also be able to put our animation skills into practise, newly-acquired from our Multimedia module, which is taught by Professor James Bowen.
— Kasia Sobiech (@KasiaSobiech182) November 27, 2015
— Donna M. Alexander (@americasstudies) November 27, 2015
Recently, in one of our Digital Humanities modules (Concepts and Collaboration), we were requested to live-tweet the presentations that each group in our class had prepared under the hashtag #uccdh. It was definitely a different way of attending. I felt that the audience was quieter, preferring instead to concentrate on interacting virtually. People could join into the conversation and comment without interrupting the presentation. This later got me on to thinking about the role live-tweeting can play at other events, such as business, concerts, TV shows, etc.
Oral–>written–>print–>…digital. Evolution in the how/when/where of storytelling is nothing new, the story is unchangeable #DHUCCtwessay
— Jadwiga P (@jadwiga_98) November 19, 2015
I wanted my Twessay to convey the message that new storytelling media have been emerging, developing and spreading ever since we’ve had stories. The beauty about storytelling is that it is so adaptable and flexible to each new medium. From looking at some major turning points in its history, we can see that evolution in storytelling isn’t anything new; moreover, the Story is enhanced by it.
The Facebook Like button has become an integral part of the Internet as it greets us on countless websites – we can “like” an interesting newspaper article or a recipe on a baking site. Unsurprisingly, many of us click on this button on an everyday basis; the amount of Facebook users that “likes” content posted by their friends at least once a day totals 44%, with 29% doing so several times per day (Smith, 2014). There exist many reasons for “liking” something: it is an efficient means of showing agreement, it affirms something about ourselves and it can also convey virtual empathy. (Seiter, 2015)
When I first heard of Open Access in my Digital Humanities course, I considered it an ingenious initiative – “public access to publicly funded research” (Suber, 2015), the corrupted system of paywalling exposed and academic library costs reduced. However, on rethinking the whole situation, this utopic concept hardly seemed realistic: how does the noble idea of Open Access survive in this money-hungry, financially-driven world if it really is free? This is why I have decided to research and blog on the topic of Open Access in the light of pragmatism.
Think outside ____ the box --> | info | and open it, | (plz | making info | pay) | accessible | ____ |
— Jadwiga P (@jadwiga_98) October 15, 2015
Experimenting with the 140 characters of my tweet was challenging but stimulating. I finally came up with this Twessay as I wanted to create a visual tweet, something that incorporated imagery into wording, and I wanted to make the visual aspect central to conveying my argument. Unfortunately, the box I constructed has a tendency for warping, so sometimes you just have to imagine the box-shape…