HOMM-SW: NETWORKS-OF-STORIES FOR DIGITAL STORYTELLING
Margherita RUSSO*, Ruchira GHOSE°, Mauro MATTIOLI, Paola MENGOLI^
with Agnese Fogli and Elisabetta Zironi
* Dipartimento di Economia Marco Biagi e CAPP, University of Modena and Reggio, Italia
° Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Delhi
^ CAPP-University of Modena and Reggio, Italia
**Dipartimento di Economia Marco Biagi , University of Modena and Reggio, Italia
Narratives enable the formation of personal and community identities, and the construction of meanings. Digital storytelling still faces some critical challenges: creation of content on tangible and intangible heritage, classification and re-use of existing documents and clips, cooperative and coordinated production of new content. Moreover, for effective exploratory paths and a more analytical approach to browsing material, contents must be set in the overall perspective of the narrations, to ensure narration is coherent. Finally, validation and dissemination of related outcomes must respect scientific standards.
We present a webapplication supporting multimedia narratives. So far, it implements the engine for creating and managing the activity networks-of-stories, to create a nonlinear and open multimedia narration. It has tools that: support educators, also in contrasting learning difficulties, in developing inclusive and collaborative educational practices; support curators; facilitate crowd sourcing; create a personal web repository of contents and connections; share contents to be published, if approved by the administrator; create a network of contents and applications, at different levels for different users and specific needs. Our webapplication has two key innovative functions: recording and retrieval of users' activities; narratives presented through a set of related clips (videos, albums, texts) are seen in a conceptual map.
Keywords: personalized workspace; storytelling; lifelong learning; crowdsourcing, social innovation