Roswell Voices LL

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Professor Bill Kretzschmar Department of English, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602


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Roswell Voices first establishes, through language and life interviews, what communities exist within greater Roswell, such as historic families and houses around the Square, the historic African American neighborhood and churches, its new residential patterns and school districts, and its new Latin residents. The Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) can and does use the information to promote “Historic Roswell” both within the community and for visitors. Business and government, as time goes on, can use our information to improve delivery of goods and services.


The Roswell Voices project began in 2002 as a partnership between the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau (in Roswell, GA, USA) and academic researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA; in Athens, GA, about 60 miles distant). Such a partnership is highly unusual in America, but we think it fits exactly what ENoLL is designed to create. Roswell Voices is an umbrella under which community development efforts, both cultural and business-oriented, can be associated with the historical and contemporary language and life of the community. We are committed to the use of emerging technology in information science and communications for community goals, in particular the use of university technical resources and experience: 1) to benefit visitors and residents of Roswell both personally and in commercial settings, 2) to benefit university students (in the American “service learning” movement), and 3) to benefit academic research (in advanced study of emerging network patterns in “real world” Roswell).

References and Track Record

Teams of students and faculty from UGA gather information about Roswell, both through examination of civic information and through extensive interviews with Roswell residents. This information is processed in a back-office operation at UGA, using advanced ICT resources available there. Raw information is returned immediately to Roswell; sample interview segments of this kind are available at We have also developed printed booklets, two so far, that include short narratives from the interviews, along with a CD so that users can hear the stories in the original voice of the tellers. We have developed methods for sound processing and text-encoding that will allow us to make this information public in a new way, through advanced methods of Web distribution on UGA resources (within the next year at To this end we are now implementing the NorthRULL (Oulu, Finland) LICHEN platform, a software toolbox which will allow much more comprehensive and advanced multimedia access to language and life information, including browse and search tools so that users can use demographic metadata to find exactly the sort of information and speakers they want. A special component now under development is a Geographic Information System (GIS) tool which will allow users to track information by means of maps, in consequence of the status of the Linguistic Atlas Project at UGA as a world leader in GIS applications about language and culture.