Memory, Storytelling and GIS Digital Archive: Introducing the COVID-19 Memory Archival Project

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The COVID-19 Memory Archival Project is an educational and scholarly initiative that seeks to preserve individual and shared experiences and reflections during the COVID-19 outbreak through rich media storytelling and geographic information system (GIS) mapping. In this chapter, we introduce the archive project and story map collection as an inquiry into participatory and immersive digital archiving as a means for understanding personal memory, experience, identity and agency in the media aftermath of a global pandemic. Originally initiated as a response to emergency online teaching during the early stages of the COVID-19 lockdown, we explore the pedagogical potential of the ArcGIS StoryMaps platform in the undergraduate classroom. Through analysis of archive story maps and comparative studies with earlier community-based disaster-oriented online archives, we present new insights into the media moment of 2020, and how that shapes perception and understanding of complex events. Finally, we reflect upon the function of virtual memorials and how they might facilitate discourse and contribute to broader geocultural dialogues.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bacon, B; Xu, W

Cited Editors

  • Miller, J

Published Date

  • December 15, 2020

Book Title

  • The Coronavirus Human, Social and Political Implications


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Published By

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 9811593612

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9789811593611