A new collaboration between AtlasCine and TRYSPACES


22 febrero 2021

TRYSPACES now has a new alliance in Montreal with the AtlasCine project, a multimedia and interactive mapping platform that allows the dissemination of life stories according to the places and themes evoked in them. It is with great enthusiasm that the research partnership will collaborate closely with the Concordia University and GeoMedia Lab team behind the AtlasCine project to use this platform to facilitate the work of comparison and analysis between the four cities involved and in view of the «4Cities Festival» meeting in June 2021 between all the members of TRYSPACES.

In order to better understand AtlasCine, here is a project that has been carried out on Rwandan life stories


The Atlas of Rwandan Exiles is situated at the crossroads of two research projects: The Montreal Life Stories Project (2008-2012), an oral history project led by Steven High, during which hundreds of life stories of exiles and refugees living in Montreal were collected and archived at Concordia University by the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS); and The Mapping (Life) Stories Project, a research project led by Sébastien Caquard dedicated to exploring the multiple methodological, technological, ethical and cartographic aspects of mapping stories, with a particular focus on life stories.

An outcome of this project was the release of the open source mapping platform Atlascine, which was designed in close collaboration with the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Center (GCRC) at Carleton University (Ottawa). Atlascine (Version 4.0) builds off of previous versions of a similar platform by aiming to streamline the full process of transforming digital text (e.g. transcript of audiovisual material) to a digital map and to enable the full interaction between these texts, the audio/video files from which they are derived, and their maps. With version 4 of the platform it is hoped that researchers across disciplines can use the digital map not only as a way to visually synthesize large volumes of «story data» and to identify new patterns and structures across these stories, but also to navigate places within these individual stories.

With Atlascine 4, any story can easily be mapped and remapped by individuals and communities interested in making these stories more spatial, visible and accessible. If you are interested in mapping your stories, feel free to contact us: geomedialab@concordia.ca

Find all the info on AtlasCine website.