From September 2013 through March 2014 Artefacto were the digital technology partners for an AHRC-funded project, produced as part of the AHRC Digital Transformations Network’s “Data-Asset-Method: Harnessing the Infinite Archive” work.
We partnered with The British Library, University of Nottingham and their Horizon Digital Economy Research Hub and the University of Loughborough on this project, which investigated the creation, build and use of an open online narrative-building tool to engage with Arts and Humanities-focused digital archives and researchers.
As digital technology lead, we created, developed and built the primary digital technology tools for the project, explicitly using OSS, and worked in close collaboration with British Library staff to curate relevant content from the British Library’s open collections for use in the project. User testing cycles, user online evaluation and iterative builds were a key component of our project work.
Built with Drupal, we customised our original Curatorial platform concept for the project, in order to:
Allow the linking of disparate data archives.
Facilitate the creation of narratives drawing together digital archive materials in order to add meaning though story telling.
Allow navigation though these narratives.
The platform was then tested with users to assess the value of this method, both for public engagement and as a pedagogical tool.
Data Tales was launched at the British Library at an event on the 24 January 2014.
You can read more about the project on the British Library’s Digital Scholarship blog.