Enviro Injustice Global Record Design Brief for Participants

Participants in the Enviro Injustice Global Record project will build digital archives documenting quotidian Anthropocenes and environmental injustice in different settings, helping build a research commons supporting continuing comparative and collaborative research. We welcome diverse collections and diverse, creative modes of presentations (using video, photo essays, annotated pdf collections,toxic tours, etc).  Collections will be organized around places, at any scale (city, county|district|parish, state, country, etc) 

What we have in mind is akin to what was built for the EJOLT project (and associated EJAtlas), addressing a different set of questions while also building collections of research resources that can support on-going research. 

Digital collections will be built on DSTS-PECE or on TAF-PECE.  Read about PECE (Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography) here. Instructions for working on PECE platforms are here.  A PECE group at UCI is also on call to help: Kim Fortun (fortuk@uci.edu), Tim Schütz (tschuetz@uci.edu) and James Adams (jradams1@uci.edu). 

Here is a (still-in-construction) example of the kind of photo essay that we would like all groups to build, imagining the photo essay as a portal to your bigger collections.  Note that your script is built around image artifacts and can link to other material in your collection. See the (impressive!) Formosa Plastics Global Archive to imagine the kinds of collections that can be built for different places.  

Photo essays for the project are built around a case study analytic framework that we used extensively in teaching. See examples here.  See this (still-in-construction) case study guide. If you have questions about the case study framework, you can ask them in comment boxes and we’ll respond (so that all can see).

Using the case study analytic framework across the cases will provide a common entry into diverse collections.  It also will allow us to build exhibits that cut across cases -- bringing together cases focuses on coastal cities, for example, or cases where a particular type of pollution (ethylene oxide or lead, for example) or a particular company (Union Carbide or Formosa, for example) is a significant problem. 

We encourage you to copy this document to build your case study script. The document includes a snapshot of the case study framework at the top then a place for you to develop your own script.  We  encourage you to link to your documents here; we’ve found it useful to build these scripts side-by-side (seeing what is most pertinent to share in describing a “setting,” for example by reading other setting descriptions).  You can build composite images for your photo essay in a Google slide deck like this.


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