For the next few weeks, however, I plan to write a bit less, but improve the site in other ways. This means harvesting and recording data off of the web - articles, videos, pictures, and whatever else is out there to get a more complete collection of material about Duke Special and his career.
I will be following his January dates, on the lookout for published reviews and interviews. Other than that, however, a bit of work will be going on in the background. If you see Duke in concert, and would like to share the experience with others, write up a review - just a few paragraphs, or more, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm always looking for material by people who have had the opportunity to go to a live show!
If you're in the mood for another Christmas song, check out Silent Night, featuring Foy Vance with Duke Special.
The Coming of Omeka Duke
Video material that is currently organized within the PoaF site uses a service called "Google Fusion Tables," which is a elementary way of keeping a database of video URLs, dates, song titles, and performance locations. Google Fusion tables only allows one to sort simply. However, with Omeka, the database will be searchable and much easier to maintain and add to it. Moreover, Omeka lends itself well to media display.
Trinity College Dublin uses Omeka for their project entitled "Gothic Past: Visual Archive of Gothic Architecture & Sculpture in Ireland." You can take a look at the site to see Omeka's potential.
Currently, Punch of a Friend is a rather large site, and growing. I believe the use of Omeka will make it easier to scale up and stay organized. We'll see. I hope to have the new database up by February.
A Look Ahead: Early Screenshots of the Omeka Project
And Just Recently...
"The Works. John Kelly presents a festive feast of art and culture, featuring a reviews round-up of some of the key films and sports autobiographies to have been released. With Al Porter"
Duke played, "It's Cliched to be Cynical About Christmas" by Half Man Half Biscuit.
- This week Duke recorded a service announcement "13p For The Arts" in support of the NI Arts. The video was posted on Facebook and YouTube by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland."