The core of this interactive project is an interactive gallery representing oral history interviews centered around Portobelo, Panama’s Congo Tradition. Each of the 93 cards in the gallery represents a segment of a single interview.
Exploring the Interactive Project.
There are two main ways to navigate this interactive digital project: 1) through the gallery view and 2) through the interview archive. For details about the interactive gallery see the sections below.
The interview archive links to the full audio files for each interview. Each page that contains a complete interview will have an embedded media player and corresponding transcript. You can play or pause the audio file as you wish by clicking the embedded red play button (once you begin playing, the button will change to a pause button). The transcript will scroll along in sync with the audio. You can jump forward or backward in the full interview by clicking on any timestamp at the far left of the transcript.
Under each scrollable transcript is a list of related excerpts. Clicking on any of the titles will provide more details about a given excerpt.
Gallery Interaction: The gallery view is made of topic cards, each corresponding to a marker on the concept map and representing an excerpt of an interview. The cards appear in different colors based on the map legend that identifies by Interviewee Name. You can either sort or filter to identify information contained in each topic card.
Gallery Sort: Clicking on Sort by will give a drop down menu of unique values that each topic card identifies with including Congo Spaces, Congo Traditions, and Time Period. Sorting topic cards by value will move each topic card to a new location in the visualization. For example, sorting by Time Period will make the topic cards line up chronologically by the time period discussed in each interview excerpt.
Gallery Filter: Clicking on Filter by will also give a drop down menu of unique values that each topic card identifies with. Click first on a value, then click on “Options” next to the “Filter by” button. This will bring up a pop-up window that allows for specifications of which topic cards to view. Check which values to view, click Apply, and the topic cards will filter out. For example, filtering by Ethnoracial Identity Discussed allows for several options: Afrodescendiente, Afro-Colonial, French Antillean, La Raza Negra, Spanish, or N/A. The topic cards can then be filtered by one or many of these options. To return to a view of all topic cards, click No Filter.
Excerpt Details: Clicking on a map dot or gallery card brings up a lightbox (or info bubble) containing an excerpt of the audio and its corresponding Spanish and English transcripts. You can hit the red play button to begin listening. The timestamp at the left of the transcript will be highlighted, and the transcript will roll along in sync with the audio. Clicking on the green “Read more about this excerpt” button opens to a page with additional information about that chunk of interview. Each excerpt contains a link to the complete interview.
Accessing the Full Interview from the Gallery: Clicking on the green “Listen to the entire interview” button in the pop-up window will open up a new browser tab, where the entire interview and its corresponding transcripts can be accessed. As with the excerpt, you can play or pause the audio file as you wish. The transcript will scroll along in sync with the audio. You can jump forward or backward in the full interview by clicking on any timestamp.
Leaving the Gallery: To exit the interactive project and return to the rest of the site, click the “Exit Map” button above the map. This will close the visualization and return you to the home page.