above: Joe Tave, Dallas, Texas, local activist featured in this documentary about 1968, offers his response to the remix and its themes of “noise” and communication across difference
Yesterday’s premiere of “A Clear Channel” and technology demonstration of the Remixing Rural Texas prototype was very exciting for all of us. The event itself filled the room to capacity with project partners, administrators, faculty, and students from across the campus and at least a dozen more community members from all over the region. We expected no more than twenty. We received more than double that, with a room filled almost beyond capacity.
We began with a general introduction of the project, including our reasons for branching into the digital humanities. Then each member of the team said a few words about their many contributions to the project.
For many months, Shannon Carter has worked almost daily with a fabulous team of graduate students from across the disciplines to produce the prototype appearing in Figure 1, create a remix to be demo-ed in that prototype (“A Clear Channel: Part I” and, this spring, “Still Searching”), and develop the extensive data source annotations to be included in each of these fields (footnote, timeline, map, content, audio, video, image, permissions).
The Production Team most directly involved includes Adam Sparks (student, MA in History), Kelly Dent (student, MA in Political Science), Jennifer Jones (student, PhD in English), and Sunchai Hamcumpai (student, PhD in English). This team has been working tirelessly through the Development, Asset Collection, and Production phases of this complex project with its many moving parts.
Prasna (student, MS in Computer Science) worked with us throughout the previous semester to built a working prototype and begin loading content, which other grad students in Computer Science helped along by bringing our content into the data source annotations for the RRT prototype.
None of this would have been possible without the amazing help of the Remixing Rural Texas Project Team, which includes Andrea Weddle (Director, Special Collections), Adam Northam (Director, Digital Collections), and the fabulous resources at the Faculty Center.