My work day started, as most work days do, with email (my day started with coffee). Messages included directions about how to use the website of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland; I’m a new board member, “elected” (utterly unopposed) at the weekend.
I spent most of the morning trying to find satisfactory ways of marking up an oral history transcript in TEI. I want to encode instances when people mention food and games, but at the moment it’s difficult to see how to do this using the standard set of elements.
Over lunch with a colleague I described last week’s adventure, crashing the Cork Folklore Project‘s Omeka installation, and my efforts to re-instate it (successful in the end). I get a short tutorial in linux, shells, command lines, etc. Next time it crashes I will be much better prepared.
After lunch I try to return to TEI and to customization using ROMA, but my concentration falters so I turn to some of my latest reading: Oral tradition and the Internet: Pathways of the Mind, by John Miles Foley. It’s a website and a non-linear book that argues that oral traditions and the internet construct and shape reality in similar ways. It’s promise of a “reshuffling of cognitive categories” (Foley 2012, 2) is the perfect antidote to TEI……
Reference: Foley, J. M. (2012). Oral tradition and the Internet: Pathways of the Mind. University of Illinois Press.
(This is my first time contributing to the Day of DH, and I’m participating as a PhD student in the Digital Arts and Humanities programme at University College Cork, Ireland. My research, which is funded by the Irish Research Council, is about using mixed methods approaches to look at concepts of value and ideas of place in digital cultural heritage.)