During summer 2013, I had the opportunity to intern for the Ethnographic Video for Instruction and Analysis (EVIA) Digital Archive. The Indiana University Institute of Digital Arts and Humanities and the Archives of Traditional Music lead this project to preserve and provide access to ethnographic field recordings for the purposes of teaching, learning, and research. In addition to digitization and preservation of the recordings, the project centers around the Annotator’s Workbench, a tool that allows ethnographers to describe their recordings at several hierarchical levels, including collection, event, scene, and action. The recording and accompanying annotations are made available on the EVIA Project website.
During the internship, I reviewed the grammar and style of the annotations for two collections: Music, Dance, Ceremonies, and Rituals in Pakistan and India (1990-1999) by Richard Wolf and Religious Festivities, Ritual Dances, and Popular Theatre in Portugal (2004-2006) by Barbara Alge. I also provided support to scholars during two week-long annotation workshops on the IU campus. After I completed the internship, I continued on as an editing assistant for the EVIA Project for 6 months and completed work on several additional collections, including Linda Escobar and Tejano Conjunto Music in South Texas (2006) by Margaret Dorsey. Through these experiences, I learned about managing the sustainability of a digital humanities project after development is completed. I also gained exposure to a method for providing access to scholarly multimedia and the intricacies involved in description and publication of these works. It was a pleasure to work with my internship supervisors, Alan Burdette and Clara Henderson, and I’m grateful for the introduction to the interesting field of ethnography.
Read about my experiences with the EVIA Project on my internship blog.