A Multimedia System to collect, manage andGabriella Spinelli School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton U.K.This research shows how new information and communication technology can
support the community's knowledge base, providing the community members
with non-intrusive tools and suitable procedures for saving, improving and
transmitting cultural identity. The prototype of the system I'm going to discuss
is a multimedia archive where oral memory plays the main role. The term oral
memory stands for a set of knowledge which belongs to the community, has
been augmented by time, and is essentially the users' history.The oral memory has been elicited and transmitted through face-to-face
interactions for three centuries. The only external signs of this implicit
knowledge are the physical objects collected by the community. They don't
have any meaning if not linked to that knowledge even if they are the unique
guides through which people out of the community or new members of it can be
connected to the socio-cultural heritage.
search in narrative productions
The ContextSienna is a town in Tuscany ( Italy) divided into seventeen neighborhoods
(contrade7. The Nicchio, one of them, consists of 3000 people and it was the
context of this research. As a matter of fact social events are the main
communication channel the contrada's members use, chiefly because the direct
interaction among the people o the contrada allows an effective forum for the
exchange of the information and preserves and improves the community's ethnic
identity. The majority of the cultural heritage is stored in the form of oral tales,
and mainly by the oldest Nicchio's members.The potential value of the system prototype consists in two functionalities it is
able to support within this environment:
|- information management, allowing collection, storage and search activities
through the cultural and historical heritage the community members have
amassed and wish to honour over time;|
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Book title: Human-Computer Interaction:Ergonomics and User Interfaces.
Contributors: Hans-Jörg Bullinger - Editor, Jürgen Ziegler - Editor.
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ.
Publication year: 1999.
Page number: 451.
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