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An overview of the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and the Great War Archive, created by the University of Oxford.

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  • 1.
    • The First World War Poetry
    • Digital Archive
    • and
    • The Great War Archive
    • Kate Lindsay
    • OUCS & Faculty of English
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    • 1996: JISC funded the Virtual Seminars Project
    • Drew together primary materials on Wilfred Owen scattered across a range of archives and an array of contextual resources (WOMDA)
    • Web based tutorials to advance the possibilities of traditional teaching
    • One of the first multimedia collections designed specifically as a teaching resource -more than 1 million hits.
    • Funding received for Apr 07 - Mar 09 and Oct 08 - Sept 09 to expand and enhance the archive (JISC Digitisation Programme). The First World War Poetry Digital Archive
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    • To make primary source material available to researchers and students which would otherwise be difficult to access
    • To place the material in context thus widening the sites appeal to include history, military history, women studies, and media studies
    • To add value by providing tools for research and education
    • To harvest digital versions of items held by the general public originating from the First World War. Goals of The First World War Poetry Digital Archive
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    • Requirements Gathering and user profiling
      • Collected feedback from the the Virtual Seminars Web site
      • Survey asking users how they would like to see the Archive expanded
    • Teaching First World War Literature Workshop
        • What are the learning objectives of existing courses you that you teach on WW1 literature?
        • Does this differ to what you think they should they be? If so how?
        • Should we be teaching courses on War Literature/Poetry or just First World War Literature/Poetry?
        • Do the canonical poets truly reflect the attitudes at the time to the War?
        • What other literatures should we look to include (e.g. drama, film, audio, trench literature, etc.)?
        • Are there any practical problems in extending the canon?
    • User-based steering group User Engagement
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    • Project web site
        • Image taster blogs
        • Pre release of educational materials
    • 5. Community Building
        • Google discussion groups
        • FB Group
        • Twitter On this day
    • 6. Two extensive user testing periods with real users
    • 7. Series of creating First World War Teaching Materials Workshops for teachers and lecturers User Engagement
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    • Images digitised as TIFFs and delivered as JPGs, Audio as MP3, Video as MPEG 4
    • Catalogued using Extensis Portfolio
    • Images digitally watermarked using DigiMark
    • Off the shelf CMS: CONTENTdm
    • Own build web front-end in Ruby on Rails, CSS, XHTML
    • Path Creation Tool: RESTful web application Technicalities
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    • c. 4700 digital images of primary source material (manuscripts, letters, service records) from major British WW1 poets.
    • Online corpora of the full-texts of
    • the poems.
    • c. 500 Multimedia objects (photographs,
    • audio and video) from the IWM.
    • Publications of War (recruitment
    • posters, trench papers etc.)
    • All freely accessible for educational use
    • under the JISC/HEFCE Model license The Archives Collections
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    • Run between March 08 and June 08.
    • A Community Collection to harvest digital versions of items originating from the Great War held by members of the general public.
    • Aim: To create a digital collection of worth at low cost by negating the need for institutional digitisation and metadata creation.
    • Targeted specifically at genealogists, military collectors and enthusiasts, and the elderly. The Great War Archive Initiative
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    • Simple submission process, no need for registration.
    • Contributors asked to agree to basic terms and conditions of the JISC/HEFCE Model license.
    • Enter basic metadata and attach files / enter a story. The Great War Archive Initiative: Submission Website
  • 16. The Great War Archive: Submission Days
    • A roadshow to offer on the spot digitisation and advice.
    • Held at libraries, museums and archives
    • across the country.
    • A submission day pack was made
    • available for organisations who wished
    • to perform their own event.
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    • Over 6500 items collected.
    • Only 1 item rejected.
    • Costs came in at c. 3.50 per image BUT we did perform digitisation on items posted to us (we didnt have the heart to say no!).
    • Highly commended for the THE Awards and UCISA Award for Excellence.
    • Submission software (CoCoCo) released to the open source community.
    • A Flickr Group continues to collect items. The Great War Archive Initiative: Outputs
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    • To provide a platform upon which users can:
      • participate in the creation of content - timelines, paths, googlemaps, mindmaps
      • Visualise data in new and interesting ways and in doing so come to new understandings
      • Form new narratives on the archival content within a community 2009 Objectives