Woruldhord web site now launched!

Dear All,

Woruldhord: http://projects.oucs.ox.ac.uk/woruldhord/

It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the launch of the Woruldhord collection, a set of free reusable resources to help with the teaching/study of Old English and the Anglo-Saxons. The project ran from July-October 2010, and asked academics, museums, and members of the public to submit – via a website – material that had to do with the period that they wouldn’t mind sharing with others. The response was very impressive, and we assembled about 4,500 objects covering art, archaeology, history, language, literature, music, and modern day representations. The database actually holds over 16,500 files as some of the objects submitted were entire web sites.

We are deeply grateful to all those who assisted, especially the museums and societies who supported this (seehttp://projects.oucs.ox.ac.uk/woruldhord/acknowledgements/index.html). The project was part of our RunCoCo project (Running a Community Collection – http://projects.oucs.ox.ac.uk/runcoco/) funded by the UK’s JISC. In summary then it demonstrates the powr of the new technologies, and the community collection model, for generating a wealth of freely reusable educational resources.

To find out more about the project and to look at the collection (and to start reusing the objects) see: http://projects.oucs.ox.ac.uk/woruldhord/

This is also a living collection. If you have anything you would like to add to it now that you have seen all the material available then simply choose ‘Add to the Collection’ on the left hand panel, register, and follow the steps for contributing a new item.

There is also a Google Group to discuss items at: http://groups.google.com/group/project-woruldhord

If you spot any errors, or have any questions: woruldhord@oucs.ox.ac.uk

Dr Stuart Lee, Oxford
Dr Anna Caughey, Oxford
Mr Thomas Birkett, Oxford
Dr Stuart Lee
Reader in E-learning and Digital Libraries
Member of the English Faculty, and Merton College
HEA National Teaching Fellow
c/o OUCS, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN
E-mail: Stuart.Lee@oucs.ox.ac.uk; Tel: +44 1865 283403; Fax: +44 1865
273275; URLs: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/

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Woruldhord launch – 10th March

Plans are building up to launch the Woruldhord collection to the ‘woruld’ on the 10th March 2011. We are just testing the site and putting the finishing touches to a few things. We hope to mark the launch with a small celebration at Oxford also.

More details to follow.

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On the way

At present we are currently tidying up all the submissions (which number over 3,500) and checking information. Thanks to everyone who contributed and we hope to make an announcement soon about release date!

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1065 and all that

The project was thrilled to be in contact with Leo Aylen who brought to our attention his TV programme from 1966 entitled ‘1065 and all that’ which was broadcast on the TV, with voiceover by Leo McKern. A lost gem which hasn’t been seen for 44 years. We are in discussion with Mr Aylen re including a copy of the film in the archive.

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Radio 4 ‘Making History’

Project Woruldhord has just been interviewed for Radio 4’s ‘Making History’ programme, due for broadcast on the 31st August.

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Times Higher article on Woruldhord

The Times Higher have run a nice article on the project, outlining its aims and scope. Read the full thing at: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=412770&c=1

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Student power

It’s great to see the Oxford students volunteering to help out with the project. After a tentative call out to the English Faculty undergraduates and graduates, we now have 30 volunteers who are willing to go to their local Anglo-Saxon site or museum and photograph items for us. We’re also getting a lot of support from Tha Engliscan Gesithas who have very kindly sent us some of their learning resources (thanks to Matt love) and are disseminating information around their local networks. And finally the Ashmolean Museum are really getting behind us, sending us their online web site (to accompany Oxford’s Continuing Education Department online course) and images of some of their major holdings.


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Woruldhord in the news

The launch of Project Woruldhord has attracted media attention:

The Guardian – http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jul/06/oxford-university-anglo-saxon-archive

Digital Medievalist – http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/news/2010/07/02/woruldhord-project/

History Today – http://historytodayeditor.blogspot.com/2010/07/woruldhord-project.html

Gulf Times – http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=372849&version=1&template_id=38&parent_id=20

University of Oxford News – http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2010/100707.html

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Stakeholder Analysis

A key thing at the start of any community collection is to do a stakeholder analysis. Anna and I listed all the major stakeholders we wanted to contact, then considered the ‘message’ we wanted to get out to them, and finally the means to do this. We brainstormed this on a whiteboard (see above) and then began to divide up who would contact which group. Specific emails were then written aimed at the different stakeholders.



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Woruldhord now open for submissions!

We are pleased to announce that we have now opened the online submission site for Project Woruldhord as of today. To remind people this is a project hosted at Oxford University to try to build up an online collection of material related to Old English and the Anglo-Saxons by voluntary contributions online. Anything submitted will then be made available worldwide, free of charge, for others to reuse (for educational purposes only). This follows on from a very successful project we ran at Oxford where we collected together memorabilia from the First World War.

In short we are trying to collect any material that would be of help to people who wish to find out more about the period of history and the language and literature. We are looking for images, audio/video recordings, handouts, essays, articles, presentations, spreadsheets, databases, and so on:

• a photograph of an Anglo-Saxon building (e.g. the church at Deerhurst)
• a photograph of an Anglo-Saxon ‘site’ or reconstructions (e.g. the buildings at West Stow)
• a photograph of an Anglo-Saxon artefact (e.g. the Bewcastle Cross)
• a monograph or article that is now out of print that you hold the rights to
• a reading list used in teaching
• a set of slides used in a lecture
* a handout tackling some specific issue of the discipline
* translations of texts
• a workbook of grammar exercises
• an article on Anglo-Saxon England or Old English
• a video of a re-enactment from the Anglo-Saxon period
• an audio recording of some Old English
• and so on …

The most important page to get started is:


This takes you through the simple to use submission process where you can upload your object and provide some basic information about it.

However other pages you might be interested in are:

http://projects.oucs.ox.ac.uk/woruldhord/ – the main web site
http://projects.oucs.ox.ac.uk/woruldhord/faq/index.html – our ‘help’ section including a ‘how to get started guide’ and an FAQ
http://groups.google.com/group/project-woruldhord – a discussion group for the project

If you have any questions please email the project at: woruldhord@oucs.ox.ac.uk

Thanks in advance for anything you send!

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