Library of Congress: Linking chatbots to collections for place-based storytelling

Library of Congress: Linking chatbots to collections for place-based storytelling. “The following is a guest post from Library of Congress Labs Innovation Intern, Charlie Moffett. In the course of crafting data-driven narratives with digital collections, he created @govislandbot and an open-source mapping tutorial. Below he shares his processes, some of the challenges he encountered, along with the code.”

The Next Web: One cryptic storyteller is using Twitter to craft thrilling interactive fiction

The Next Web: One cryptic storyteller is using Twitter to craft thrilling interactive fiction. “Numerous esteemed authors have previously relied on Twitter to tell original Flash fiction, but one talented storyteller is pushing his tales way beyond the 140 character limit to create interactive scenarios that put you in charge of the story.”

Learn Storytelling from Pixar Via Free Course

Now you can learn about story telling from Pixar — for free!. “Pixar Animation Studios has launched the first of six free online lessons covering the art of storytelling, led by Pete Docter, Mark Andrews, and other filmmakers from the renowned Disney-owned studio. The new series is available for free through online-education platform Khan Academy.”

Quartz: Storytellers make the most influential scientific researchers

Quartz: Storytellers make the most influential scientific researchers. “The vast majority of climate science research published goes unnoticed and is rarely if ever cited, leaving gaps in our shared knowledge. But researchers who tell a good tale, using narrative elements rather than expository writing, prove an exception to this rule and are more influential as a result, according to a study led by ecologist and lawyer Ryan Kelley of the University of Washington College of the Environment, published on Dec. 15 in Plos One.”

Salt Institute for Documentary Studies Now Has a Digital Archive

The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies now has a digital archive. From the site’s About page: “The Salt Story Archive contains almost 16,000 images, 495 radio stories, 849 writing projects, 251 short documentary video projects, more than 500 articles in 56 publications, and 3 books created by over 1,000 Salt storytellers who have attended The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies since it began in 1973. Within all of those files almost 3,000 subjects fields have been tagged so that they are fully discoverable on this site…. Take a look around and you’ll find yourself jumping from a tale of lobstering in the ’70’s to a story exploring the lives of new immigrants looking to call Maine home. You’ll discover work documenting everything from the back-to-the-land movement, rural poverty, boatbuilders, hunting and migrant farmers to gender diversity, alleged alien abductions and cold-case crimes.”