Digital Storytelling and History Lines: Community Engagement in a Master-Planned Development
Klaebe, Helen G., Foth, Marcus, Burgess, Jean E., & Bilandzic, Mark (2007) Digital Storytelling and History Lines: Community Engagement in a Master-Planned Development. In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia : Exchange and Experience in Space and Place, VSMM 2007, Australasian Cooperative Research Centre for Interaction Design Pty, Limited, Brisbane,QLD.
The introduction of new media and information and communication technology enables a greater variety of formats and content beyond conventional texts in the application and discourse of public history projects. Multimedia and personalised content requires public historians and cultural community developers to grasp new skills and methods to make representations of and contributions to a collective community memory visible. This paper explores the challenge of broadening and reinvigorating the traditional role of the public historian working with communities via the facilitation, curation and mediation of digital content in order to foster creative expression in a residential urban development. It seeks to better understand the role of locally produced and locally relevant content, such as personal and community images and narratives, in the establishment of meaningful social networks of urban residents. The paper discusses the use of digital storytelling and outlines the development of a new community engagement application we call History Lines.
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