Chronicling the Lives of Objects – Horizon Services Campaign

A chronicle (Latin: chronica, from Greek χρονικά, from χρόνος, chronos, “time”) is a historical account of facts and events ranged in chronological order, as in a time line (Wikipedia). Chronicle is also the name of the platform being developed by Horizon to support its Services Campaign projects. These projects are categorised by the necessity of keeping an electronic record of facts and events relating to a thing. Take for example the Memory Machine project, the thing in this instance is the physical artefact (the Memory Machine), and the electronic record is the content being added to it. So far so boring, the platform could be little more than a database.

Where the Chronicle platform gets interesting however, is as a tool to support the concepts of ownership, sharing, and gifting. Take again the example of the Memory Machine; the physical artefact itself is owned by an individual. It’s intended use though is for third parties to have the capability to share content that that party has some ownership of. The physical heirloom may also (ideally) gain an heirloom status in which it is gifted and regifted. These actions begin to create new layers of complexities that mean our simple database begins to look a lot more complicated.

The Chronicle platform is being designed and built to support these interactions but also to ask its own questions such as:

  • What does it mean to delete something from the record? should it even be possible or should a record remain indelible?
  • If a record is indelible, what are the implications for privacy and ownership rights?
  • How are changes of ownership handled?

You can follow the progress of the development of Chronicle at and on Bitbucket at

Featured image by Peterborough.Chronicle.firstpage.jpg: en:User:Geogrederivative work: Hchc2009 (Peterborough.Chronicle.firstpage.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Source: Chronicling the Lives of Objects – Horizon Services Campaign

Wander/Highfields Workshop

Originally posted here
On Wednesday 27th April 2016 we will be running a workshop on user-generated locative media experiences on campus at the University of Nottingham. We would like to invite participants who have a special interest in the Highfields Park and Lakeside areas of the University of Nottingham, for example local history groups, employees of the University or City Council who have responsibility or interest in the areas. The workshop will introduce participants to 3 pieces of software:

as well as the University of Nottingham Manuscripts and Special Collections. Participants will then be asked to use the software tools provided to create their own locative media experiences (either in groups or on their own) which they will then be able to share with other participants. Wandering Highfields Park will be encouraged and some digital recording equipment (cameras, camcorders) will be available to use on the day.

Lunch will be provided and reasonable travel expenses can be reimbursed.

For all enquiries or if you would like to attend, please email Dominic Price at

Agenda: download

Date: 27/04/16
Time: 10am to 4.30pm
Digital Humanities Centre
The University of Nottingham
Humanities Building
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD