The Stackwalker site provides a collection of textual transcripts of interviews and photographic stills from film footage. This material can be browsed and navigated through a variety of approaches and perspectives. As you move through the site, the sections you browse are added to a stack that appears at the top of the screen. These stacks are stored as anonymous traces of your journey through the material. These can then be replayed as edited sequences by other visitors to the site. The stacks form an associative archive of different readings of the material as people have passed through it, suggesting different possibilities of understanding and tensions of meaning.
The main navigation of the site is provided from the navigation bar in the header section of each page. The sections provide different views of the interviews and images. The options are:
- The front page of the site.
- A grid showing all the interviews and images on one page, randomly ordered.
- A grid showing all the interviews on one page, randomly ordered.
- A grid showing all the images on one page, randomly ordered.
- All the interviews and images arranged into columns according to their original location, ordered alphabetically.
- All the interviews and images arranged into columns according to the date on which they were originally recorded, ordered chronologically.
- An alphabetic index of all the subject tags linked to interviews and images.
- A chronological list of stacks, arranged with the most recent to the left side of the page.
- Information about the Stackwalker project.
- This page.
The interviews and images are all tagged with words and phrases that cross-reference between them. Interviews have their tags listed in a column running down the right-hand side of the main interview text. Images have their tags listed below their information. Clicking on a tag will take you to a listing of specific paragraphs from within interiews and images that share the same tag.
The pages of columns extend off either side of the page. You can scroll through these by clicking and dragging the mouse either left or right.
As you move through the site, a series of coloured blocks will appear across the top of the page. This is creating a stack, which is a record of materials that have been viewed on the site. A new stack is created every time someone makes a new visit to the site. The blocks are coloured according to the type of material that has been viewed:
- A tag listing.
- A complete interview.
- A paragraph from an interview.
- An image.
You can view any of the items on your stack by clicking on the box. When you move the mouse over the box a reference or tag word will appear for the specific item.
All stacks are stored on the stacks page, where they are shown in columns orderd by date, with the most recent stacks to the left of the page. You can replay one of these stacks by clicking on it in the columns.
Stacks are replayed as a fullscreen display in which fragements of text from the items in the stack are set over images from the stack. These are not intended as a literal replay of what was originally looked at when the stack was created, but rather an associative passage through the archive.
The playback can be controlled through the buttons in the control panel at the bottom of the screen. This automatically disappears after playback has started, it can be brough back by moving the mouse to the bottom area. Clicking on the stop button (the square shape) will take you back to the stack listing page.
Whilst the stack system records pages that people visit as they browse the site, no other information is gathered or stored by the Stackwalker system, such as the IP address of your browser, etc. There is, therefore, no way of linking any recorded activity back to any specific person.
If you subscribe by email to the site, the email address is the only information stored. All email addresses are confidential and will not be given to any other parties or used for purposes other than providing updates and news. If you chose to unsubscribe, your email address will be fully deleted from the system.
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