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Streetprint

Streetprint is an Open Source project. Anyone can archive print artifacts and make narratives with Streetprint. Go to streetprint.org to get started with your own site.

Streetprint je “Open Source” projekt. Ktokoľvek môže archivovať artefakty a vytvoriť príbehy so Streetprintom. Klikni na stránku streetprint.org a vytvor si vlastný archív.

Streetprint Bratislava

Streetprint Bratislava presents and describes a variety of print artifacts that people were buying and reading in Bratislava, Slovakia during the summer of 2009.

These artifacts cover a range of categories, from news to romance, periodicals to novels, in a variety of languages including Slovak, Czech, Hungarian, German, and English.

The site enables readers, students, teachers, and researchers interested in contemporary popular print, European or Slovak print culture, and the history of literature, publishing, and reading more generally, to search an extensive archive.

The narrative section describes aspects of the production and reception of these artifacts using images of the artifacts, photography of the city and points of sale, interviews with publishers, sellers, authors, and readers, as well as in-the-field observation.

The site documents a significant portion of contemporary Slovak print culture while experimenting with digital humanities applications that challenge traditional literary methodologies and perspectives.

Perhaps most importantly, the site clearly indicates that contemporary Slovak literature and culture deserve further attention from scholars and readers alike.

Creator / Administrator: David Buchanan
Contact: streetprintbratislava@gmail.com
Project Blog: http://streetprintbratislava.tumblr.com/

Streetprint Bratislava

Streetprint Bratislava predstavuje a opisuje zbierku tlače, ktorú ľudia čítali , alebo bola v predaji v Bratislave v lete 2009.

Zozbierané artefakty sú rozdelené do rôznych kategórií od periodík po romance či romány, v slovenskom, českom, maďarskom, nemeckom a anglickom jazyku.

Táto stránka umožňuje čitateľom, študentom, alebo vedeckým pracovníkom, ktorí sa zaujímajú o súčasnú populárnu tlač, európsku a slovenskú populárnu kultúru, históriu literatúry, alebo skúmajú publikačnú činnosť a čítanosť, použiť jej archív pre výskum.

Príbehová časť opisuje výrobu a recepciu daných artefaktov pomocou fotografií miest, rozhovorov s vydavateľmi, predajcami, autormi, alebo čitateľmi, ako aj pozorovania v teréne a retrospektívne príbehy.

Streetprint dokumentuje nemalú časť súčasnej slovenskej populárnej tlače a zároveň poukazuje na ďalšie možnosti využitia digitalizácie v štúdiu literatúry.

Snáď najôležitejšou správou, na ktorú stránka poukazuje je fakt, že súčasná slovenská tlač a kultúra si zaslúži pozornosť od vedeckých pracovníkov ako aj samotných čitateľov.

Autor a administrátor: David Buchanan
Kontakt: streetprintbratislava@gmail.com
Project Blog: http://streetprintbratislava.tumblr.com/

Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava (pop. 500,000) is the administrative, economic, and cultural centre of Slovakia. Formerly known as Pressburg (Preßburg) in German and Pozsony in Hungarian, once capital of the Kingdom of Hungary (1536-1783), Bratislava has an interesting history influenced by many different nations, languages, cultures, and ethnic groups. With recent development of the old town centre, many cultural points of interest, and a central location with easy access to Vienna, Prague, Krakow, and Budapest, Bratislava has quickly become a tourist destination of note for many travellers in Europe.

Slovakia is a central European country with a population of over five million bordered by Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, and Hungary. Slovakia has been an independent country since separation from Czechoslovakia in 1993. It joined NATO in 1993, became a member of the European Union in 2004, and adopted the euro in 2009. 86% of the population is Slovak, 10% Hungarian, and 2% Roma. The main language is Slovak, although many Slovaks speak other languages, including Czech, English, Hungarian, German, Russian, etc. Slovakia is a parliamentary republic and home to some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe.

Further Information (all sites in English):
Bratislava: Bratislava City Target; Official Tourism; Bratislava Guide
Slovakia: Slovakia.org; Slovakia.com; Europa.eu
Current Slovak News: TASR; Slovak Spectator; Slovensko.com

Digitization Procedures

Photography/Fotografia: [NEF or JPEG (fine/normal)
Equipment/Technika: Nikon D60 digital camera (12.2 megapixels/AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm)
Date/Čas: júl 18- august 30, 2009
Place/Miesto: Bratislava, Slovensko
Author/Autor: David Buchanan

Scan/Sken: 300 dpi TIFF files
Equipment/Technika: Epson GT 10000+ flatbed scanner; Epson Expression 10000XL flatbed scanner
Date/Čas: september 2- október 30, 2009
Place/Miesto: Digital Imaging Facility, Tory Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton,Canada
Author/Autor: David Buchanan

Interviews/Rozhovory: David Buchanan (v niektorých prípadoch Zuzana Buchanan)
Equipment/Technika: Panasonic RR-US490 IC Recorder
Date/Čas: júl 18- august 30, 2009
Place/Miesto: Bratislava, Slovensko

Acknowledgements/Špeciálna vďaka

To the interviewees; Igor Jakab for the ‘big’ scanners and technical assistance; Marta Šáteková (Ex Libris) and Ben Pascoe (Next Apache) for contacts, introductions, information, a place to work or relax – a home away from home.

všetkým zúčastneným na rozhovoroch, ktorí boli bez výnimky ochotní a nápomocní. Igorovi Jakabovi za možnosť využitia priestorov, technickú podporu a pomoc. Marte Šátekovej a Ben Pascoe za sprostredkovanie množstva rozhovorov, kontaktov, podporu a umožnenie zaujímavých stretnutí.

Also, Zuzana Buchanan for her translations and advice, Mark Madsen for continued software support, Mariana Paredes-Olea for her excellent work on the site design, and Gary Kelly for the opportunity to take part in the project and the funding that went along with it.

Without the generous support of these people Streetprint Bratislava would neither exist nor be what it is; while any errors or limitations are my own, the successes of this project are entirely the result of a group effort. My sincere thanks to everyone involved. DB

Archive Statistics

Artifacts: 328
Images: 1852
Media: 25