The objective of the Threads Project is to provide a platform for the storage and display of oral history recorded locally by primary and post-primary students. In the information age that we now live in, teaching students about the importance of describing information (metadata), classifying information and clearing copyright for various purposes is a valubale lesson, and one that they will be faced with on an ongoing basis.
In the immediate future, the plan is to store and display the stories and collections on www.scoilnet.ie/threads, however, similar to how the 1930's School's Project was initially stored locally, and finally preserved at National Level, where these oral histories reside in 80 years time is unknown. What is known, is that they hope to capture accounts from around Ireland, that will help preserve our knowledge of our ancestors, culture and heritage for future generations.
As an online first project, transparency is a key factor. Any person interviewed for the project needs to be made aware that the information will be stored and displayed online for use worldwide. A comprehensive consent form is provided for each interviewee, where they will be asked to confirm this understanding and also asked to asign copyright for the use of the information gathered to the Threads project, which resided under the Department of Education.
Here are some thing to bear in mind;
- Ensure the students are aware of their ethical responsibility, and all information gathered is used for the purpose of the Threads projects only.
- Make sure the students understand the Consent Forms, and in particular
- Understand why copyright assignment is important and ask for full copyright assignment
- Discuss the final interview with the person being interviewed, and agree what can be used
- Make it clear to the interviewee that the information provided will be available worlwide on the Internet
- Ensure students obtain a consent form for every interview conducted
- Where family members' are interviewed, take special care to ensure no family secrets are unintentionally disclosed
- Ensure all interviewee's have their full faculties, and understand what they are doing