Archiving contemporary history in Sri Lanka
November 22, 2014 at 10:57 am #236sanjanaParticipant
For over two years now, I’ve been using this amazing template to document what to Sri Lanka is an invaluable and unique record of information exchanged over Twitter, produced by a range of actors including the President and other MPs, around contemporary politics. The first archive looked at archiving for posterity the exchange of opinions around Sri Lanka’s human rights record in June 2013 at the United Nations – http://groundviews.org/2012/11/02/uprlka-complete-tweet-archive-and-related-visualisation-around-sri-lankas-upr-review/. Other archives have followed:
Q&A with the Governor of the Central Bank – http://groundviews.org/2014/02/20/archive-of-askcbsl-twitter-qa-with-the-governor-of-the-central-bank/
Q&A with the highest ranked civil servant in the country, and Secretary to the President – http://groundviews.org/2013/06/18/twitter-qa-with-lalith-weeratunga-secretary-to-the-president-of-sri-lanka/
Complete archive of #AskMR Twitter Q&A session (session with the President of Sri Lanka) – http://groundviews.org/2013/09/25/complete-archive-of-askmr-twitter-qa-session/
The Weliweriya violence: Documenting the inconvenient for posterity – http://groundviews.org/2013/09/09/the-weliweriya-violence-documenting-the-inconvenient-for-posterity/
#unlk: Archive and visualisation of tweets on Sri Lanka at HRC’s 22nd Session – http://groundviews.org/2013/03/27/unlk-archive-and-visualisation-of-tweets-on-sri-lanka-at-hrcs-22nd-session/
And many more. The template is fulfilling a serious, enduring need – to archive for posterity conversations, promises, ideas, confessions, rebuttals, refusals made by political actors as well as others in civil society, politics and the international justice system.
Haws key’s amazing template has been invaluable in this work, more of which I talk about in this presentation – http://www.slideshare.net/yajitha/capturing-the-ephemeral-archiving-our-digital-present
I cannot thank him enough for making this tool, and indeed, for making it public for free.
TED Fellow Alumn
Editor, Groundviews.orgDecember 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm #248mhawkseyKeymaster
Hi Sanjana – thank you for sharing your work with TAGS. It’s very motivational to see the tool being used in such a positive way
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