The ‘Accounts of the Conflict’ project is building a digital archive, based in the University of Ulster, designed to provide for the long-term storage of stories related to ‘the Troubles’ in, and about, Northern Ireland. Accounts of the Conflict is funded from the European Union’s PEACE lll programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. The project is being undertaken by staff at INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute). The project began in 2013 and the funded phase will be completed by December 2014.
When completed a new Web site will allow users to search for information on past story-telling projects and on stories collected during the current round of Peace III funding. Where permissions can be obtained the stories will be available via the Web site. The Web site will also have a facility for future story-telling projects (2015 and beyond) to deposit digital versions with the Accounts of the Conflict archive.
The main facilities to be developed by the project will include:
Director, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky
Doug Boyd Ph.D. directs the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries and is a recognized leader regarding oral history, archives, and digital technologies. He recently managed the Oral History in the Digital Age website, which was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project established current best practices for collecting, curating, and disseminating oral histories. Boyd currently leads the team that envisioned, designed, and is implementing the open-source Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) system, which synchronizes text with audio and video online. He holds a PhD in folklore and ethnomusicology from Indiana University and previously served as the manger of the Digital Program for the University of Alabama Libraries, Director of the Kentucky Oral History Commission, and Senior Archivist for the oral history and folklife collections at the Kentucky Historical Society. He authors the blog Digital Omnium: Oral History, Archives and Digital Technologies, and is the author of the book Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community published in August 2011 by the University Press of Kentucky.
Those working on the Accounts of the Conflict project are offering to assist any group or individual who has stories related to Northern Ireland.
For current story-telling projects which have stories in a digital format there is an offer to provide long-term storage and/or presentation on the new Web site.
For ‘historical’ projects, where stories were collected some time ago, advice and assistance can be offered to convert the stories to digital format with a view to storing them in the Repository.
The Accounts of the Conflict project has received funding from the European Union’s PEACE III programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. The PEACE III Programme, funded though the European Regional Development Fund, is worth €333 million and is aimed primarily at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation.
It focuses on helping Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland to reconcile communities and contribute towards a shared society. For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu