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Panel Idea: Envisioning the Digital Folklore Archive as Process and Collab.
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3/14/2018 at 8:20:37 PM GMT
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Panel Idea: Envisioning the Digital Folklore Archive as Process and Collab.

By Sheila Bock —

Hello AFS,

Cassie Patterson and I are interested in putting together a panel for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society (tentatively titled “Envisioning the Digital Folklore Archive as Process & Collaboration”) that explores the logistical, ideological, and ethical considerations and practices involved in creating digital folklore archival collections. In terms of format, we could see it as either a traditional panel or a discussion forum (depending on the responses we get). We are particularly interested in hearing from folklorists about the various opportunities and challenges that have shaped their collections, such as institutional affiliation(s), time and money, available platforms or metadata management systems, tagging structures, etc. In addition, we would like to include presentations that explore various collaborative structures that students, scholars, and community partners engage when producing digital folklore archives. Below, please find a brief description of what we would be talking about during our individual presentation.
If you are interested in joining our panel, please email SheilaBock at or CassiePatterson at
"A Collaboration in Process: #GradCapTraditions as Case Study"
Dr. Sheila Bock and Dr. Cassie Patterson
#GradCapTraditions is a collaborative public archival collection that was collaboratively designed between Dr. Sheila Bock the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Dr. Cassie Patterson at The Ohio State University, and is housed online at OSU’s Folklore Archives. This presentation describes the ways in which the #GradCapTraditions Collection has been envisioned and modified since its inception in 2015, paying particular attention to the ways that opportunities and challenges related to participants and collectors, collection strategies, display platforms, IRB and ethical considerations have shaped (and continue to shape) the collection over time.

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