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From generation to generation : family stories, computers and genealogy

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dc.contributor.advisor Brian K. Smith. en_US
dc.contributor.author Hadis, Martín, 1971- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-07T15:12:23Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-07T15:12:23Z
dc.date.copyright 2002 en_US
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/61544
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, 2002. en_US
dc.description Leaf 132 blank. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 115-131). en_US
dc.description.abstract Telling stories about a family's common past solidifies its sense of community, and enriches member's sense of identity and belonging. In preindustrial times this information flowed orally thanks to continuous and prolonged cohabitation, but the dispersion of kinship in modern society has severed the ties between the generations. On-line communities can help restore these links by providing virtual spaces whose design specifically encourages storytelling. In order to arrive at this design, this thesis (1) surveys the importance and characteristics of family storytelling, (2) discusses the procedures used by oral historians and folklorists for story elicitation, and (3) analyzes a number of existing systems in terms of the above theoretical background. This thesis concludes with a series of guidelines for the design and implementation of communities for family storytelling. Different ways of indexing and accessing stories are discussed, and appropriate representations and interfaces that facilitate the storytelling process are presented. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Martin Hadis. en_US
dc.format.extent 132 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences. en_US
dc.title From generation to generation : family stories, computers and genealogy en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciences. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 50778035 en_US


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