DS0807 -

Converting memorial traces into numerical mediations : the case of mining memory – MEMO-MINES

Submission summary

At the core of the MEMO-MINES project is the challenge of conserving facts and events about cultural heritages, notably those on the verge of disappearing (endangered cultural heritage). The project thus seeks to preserve memories and lived-experiences of individuals by transforming them into "memorial traces" that can be accessed by all through a digitalised archived corpus. The corpus can be re-mediatised for specific social usage and presented in trans-media memorial places.

The project includes fundamental research, the design and production of innovative frameworks and their evaluation in ecologic (in vivo) situations of use. The overall scope of data collection and analysis of the project will be conducted within an interdisciplinary ambit (Information and Communication Sciences, Language Sciences, Museum Science, Computer Science) and applied within the specific context of the memories of coal mining..

The MEMO-MINES project presents the five following challenges:
1. The setting-up/production of memories in a methodic way, by
1.1. a carefully reasoned choice about which memories traces to digitise.
1.2. the recording of interviews with ex-mining professionals (ex. miners, engineers, surveyors, technicians, health personnel)
1.3. the reconstruction of social and personal lifestyles of mining professionals.

2. The conceptual definition and digitised archive techniques about memories of the mine, past archived "discourse" (in the sense of Michel Foucault), the archive as a virtual place of appropriation of such memories, and place of exchange and meeting for a socially very diversified community.

3. The explicitation of the universe of knowledge about the mine, the definition and construction of a metalanguage (an ontology in the computer science sense of the term and a thesaurus) to record the memorial traces previously taken in order to analyse (describe and index), publish and diffuse online so to ensure durability.

4. The design and setting-up of an innovative technical framework to be used - by remediation - based on digitising memorial traces and archiving them as cross- and trans-media projects, notably from cultural, pedagogic and edutainment angles on the museum site with digitised online access.

5. The specification and putting in place of a "working platform" to integrate different tools, procedures and methodologies to digitise and archive memorial traces of the mine, their diffusion by a web portal and their re-use/re-mediatisation

Project coordination

Sylvie MERVIEL (Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis - Laboratoire DeVisu)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


INALCO/PLIDAM Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales/Pluralité des Langues et des Identités: Didactique, Acquisition et Médiations
UVHC - DeVisu Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis - Laboratoire DeVisu
Lille 3 - GERIICO Université Sciences Humaines et Sociales Lille 3

Help of the ANR 748,758 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: January 2017 - 48 Months

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