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Computer Scientists Help Indian Villagers Share Stories Across the Digital Divide

Innovations Report (Bad Homburg, Germany) , June 4, 2007

Summary:

Computer scientists at Swansea University are working on a collaborative project that is using new mobile phone technologies to help villagers in India record and share their stories and experiences.

The StoryBank project is providing people in the Indian village of Budikote, 100km from Bangalore, with mobile devices that allow them to make videos, record sound and take photographs, and then edit the material into short films or “stories”.

Dr Matt Jones, who manages the project at Swansea University, said: “The people of Budikote have a strong tradition of visual and oral history, so we were interested in how we could develop digital technology to enable them to communicate their stories in new ways.”

Subjects Covered: digital storytelling, personal storytelling


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