Development of a website for hosting, maintaining, and promoting the Oral History Archive of Donoussa
DONOUSSA

Development of a website for hosting, maintaining, and promoting the Oral History Archive of Donoussa

ORGANIZATION

POSEIDON Cultural and Environmental Association of Donoussa

PROGRAM DURATION

April 2023 - March 2024 (12 months)

Since 2007, in collaboration with the creative team Media Dell Arte, recording of interviews of the oldest residents of Donoussa has begun. These interviews are transcribed and archived creating the Donoussa Oral History Archive. The aim through these narratives is to recall the memory of the past and to give an image of everyday life, the experiences, the stories that compose this place, as lived by the locals themselves.

The Cycladic Identity funding will help develop a website for hosting the Oral History Archive of Donoussa (text, sound, photos, documents). More specifically, the website will feature recorded narratives along with transcribed text and photographs of the individuals. It will also include old photographs of the island and the Community Archive. Everything will be sorted according to section, category, subcategories and keywords. At its launch, the website will feature approximately 100 stories, 100 old photographs and 100 documents from the Community Archive.

There will also be a genealogical tree tracing the history of Donoussa from its earliest inhabitants to the present day, a clearly marked map of the island with place names and characteristic words from the local Donoussian dialect, both current and obsolete.

The aim of this website is to serve as a digital Ark, preserving all the elements that constitute the Donoussian identity (part of the broader Cycladic identity) and making the rare archival material accessible to all interested residents, friends of Donoussa and researchers in a simple and user-friendly manner, enabling them to utilize it and preventing it from being forgotten.