Friday, 06 Feb 2004 16:21
As discussed at the FARNE seminar, I'm currently putting together a proposal for funding under the EPSRC/AHRB 'Culture and Creativity' call. (See <www.epsrc.ac.uk/website/commonpages/downloads.aspx?CID=9936 &ZoneID=3&MenuID=116> for further details and insomnia cure.)
Currently the list of interested parties/victims is:
Myself (Richard Butterworth)
Malcolm Taylor (VWML)
(Possibly) Mike Heaney (Bodlean)
Sandra Kerr (Newcastle)
Rachel Peacock (FARNE)
Stevie Barrett (HOTBED)
Joan Beal (Sheffield)
Firstly, can I have a hands up from everyone on this list so that I know that everyone has registered on the FARNE site and is actually reading this message?
Secondly, has anyone on this list come to their senses and decided not to be involved?
Thirdly, is there anyone not on the list who should be?
As a network of excellence we can't actually ask for funding for salaries. The idea is to give funding to allow researchers, academics, etc to get together and collaborate. As such I'm going to put in a bid to allow us to organise one quarterly meeting, with travel and subsistence expenses paid. We *could* also ask for some funding to ensure that this online FARNE community is maintained as a communication aid between us.
(FARNE people: is this useful? Do you have funding to maintain this community?)
Question: one meeting a quarter: too much or too little?
Other question: is there anything we can suggest that would help keep this community together?
I've spoken to one of the bods at EPSRC and they assure me that folk music per se is not too narrow a domain (which I was worried about) which means I *believe* that we're in with a good shout.
I am currently compiling a case for support that basically says: folk songs and tunes are so fluid (changing from performer to performer and performance to performance) and ill defined (you want to go online and find the music to the tune you heard in a session last night, that the player learnt from someone he was too drunk to ask the name of, and he's forgotten the name of the tune: what exactly *do* you type into a search engine to find that tune?) that standard digital library models are not going to work well. Also folk music is a participation sport more than a spectator sport and therefore, again, normal digital library technology, which treats the user as a consumer of the library resources, not an active participant, is not appropriate for folk music.
Okay, that's my computer science centric view of things. I also need some other more humanities centric view of things? Anyone any suggestions?
The deadline for submission is 27th Feb. I'll keep throwing points for discussion on here as and when I think them up and then I'll send everyone a draft of the proposal on 20th Feb for them to read and say yes/no to involvment.
At the seminar there was talk of distributing an email list of attendees: any news on that?
And that's it!
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