Digital Maine is a forum for storytelling—stories by and about Mainers, stories told by things and places. Contributors find, digitize, create, and archive artifacts – things like photos, letters, maps, films, reports, and oral histories. We use these artifacts to build interpretive projects about Maine and its cultures, telling interdisciplinary stories through video documentaries and short films, radio documentaries and podcasts, interactive maps, and multimedia interpretive narratives.
These are stories previously untold, informed by new archives. The projects materialize at the intersection of student, faculty, and public collaboration—a public of the state’s many and ever-changing communities, including the Colby community. Through Digital Maine, Colby commits its labor and resources to a platform for telling stories about Mainers new and old, past and present.
Digital Maine is a home for digital scholarship and student-faculty collaboration.
Our goals are to:
- Digitize, organize, and present properly-documented archival materials (maps, documents, photos, historic film, etc.)
- Digitize, organize, and present newly-created research sources (oral histories, ethnographic research, etc.)
- Create and publish various course-based forms for digital storytelling (including documentary video, multimedia exhibits, and interactive maps)
- Enable student and faculty scholarship based on resources assembled in collaboration with Maine residents
- Build scholarly connections between students and faculty practitioners of digital scholarship at Colby and other Maine colleges and universities
- Model the civic engagement initiatives at the core of the college’s current mission