UC QuakeBox collection launched

UC QuakeBox collection launched

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The first release of 2010 and 2011 earthquake stories collected by the QuakeBox recording studio goes live today.   This is the first public release of a collection that has the dedicated involvement of a large team, including many UC linguistics students.   Our students have been involved both as interviewers and transcribers.

The QuakeBox, a collaborative project between UC CEISMIC and the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour, has recorded more than 700 members of the public talking about their experiences during the earthquakes and the beginnings of the rebuild of Christchurch. With transcription and preparation of the videos now well under way, we have made the first 65 available to the public from today on the CEISMIC website <http://www.ceismic.org.nz>. We plan to have 150 stories available by the end of June.

UC QuakeBox has a Facebook page <http://www.facebook.com/UCQuakeBoxStories>, which is the best place to find updates and see what others are saying about the project.

The project has the joint aims of enabling research into the impacts of the earthquakes on Christchurch communities, and building a large archive of story-telling. 723 stories were recorded in 13 different languages at 9 different locations across the city.  Many of the recordings will be made available, with time-linked and annotated transcripts, to the general public, and to the research community.  The recordings have high quality audio and video available, and will be an invaluable research archive for linguistic analysis.

UC QuakeBox has been supported by the Canterbury Community Trust, PBT Transport and Leighs Construction

‘Like’ the Facebook page to find out more!: http://www.facebook.com/UCQuakeBoxStories

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