Aberystwyth University Data Catalogue

2017

The World Hobbit Project Database (2017) Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University
Description The World Hobbit Project (2013-4) was a major collaborative effort involving researchers in 46 countries, designed to gather audience responses to Peter Jackson’s film trilogy of JRR Tolkien’s book from across the world. Enabled by a small grant from the British Academy (to whom we acknowledge our thanks), the project garnered responses to an online questionnaire which was designed using the same basic ‘qualiquant’ methodology as the earlier Lord of the Rings international project. A total of just over 36, 000 completions were gathered, and stored in a searchable database. We are now making this database available to other researchers who may wish to use it. We ask only that due acknowledgement of the source of any data you gain from using this, to be properly acknowledged in any presentation or publication. Any queries about this, or about other matters relating to the questionnaire/database, should be addressed to the Project’s overall coordinator, Martin Barker, at: mib@aber.ac.uk. The Project was centred around one key question, from which five subsidiary ones flowed: how do films which originate as an English children’s story acquire meaning and value for different audiences across the world? Within this broad question, we asked: 1) How are responses to The Hobbit related to age, sex, income, nationality and reading experience? 2) How does wider knowledge (eg, of Tolkien’s work, of Jackson’s films) affect people’s engagements? 3) How are vernacular labellings of the film patterned, and how do these relate to interpretive strategies (for example, to recalling and valuing particular elements of the story)? 4) How do different audiences relate their responses to wider (real, virtual or imagined) communities? 5) What criteria undergird different evaluations of the film, and how are these evidenced within responses? It will be seen from these questions that this Project was not hypothesis-driven. Rather, it was designed to elicit a richly structured combination of data and discourses. This of course means that it retains potential for further discoveries and knowledge, beyond what has already been extracted by members of the Project’s network. A good deal has been published from the Project by a number of its participant researchers. The largest collection of these can be found in a Special Issue of the journal Participations (Volume 13:2, 2016) at www.participations.org. A broad summary of the Project’s intentions, methodology, and initial findings can be found there in the Issue’s Introduction. Available here are: a) A copy of the Questionnaire, with indications (for all multiple-choice questions) as to the ways in which answers are coded (numerically or alphabetically) within the database. b) The entire database, in EXCEL and ACCESS formats, of the responses to our Questionnaire.
Creator(s) Barker, Martin
Department(s) Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Managed by Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Document(s)
Hobbit_questionnaire_codings_description.docx (34KB, application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document)
Licence: CC BY
TWHP_database.xlsx (30592KB, application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet)
Licence: CC BY
Hobbit_database_36109.accdb (171282KB, application/octet-stream)
Licence: CC BY

2010

Returning Zinj: Marking evolutionary history (2010) National Natural History Museum of Tanzania
Description Overview This project responded to a Darwin Now scheme run by the British Council in 2009 to coincide with the Darwin Bicentenary celebrations in the UK and to encourage artists and researchers to develop work on evolution beyond the UK. Having completed her PhD (Becoming Human: Nostalgia, Nature and Nation in the search for human origins in twentieth century Tanzania, CWAS, University of Birmingham) in 2007 Dr Amy Staniforth was keen to document the Golden Jubilee anniversary of the discovery of Zinjanthropus boisei by Dr Mary Leakey at Olduvai Gorge in 1959. The British Council agreed to support Dr Staniforth's plan to interview Tanzanian professionals in the palaeoanthropological field and to have the interviews transcribed and deposited with the Tanzanian National Museum Service. These interviews, transcripts, and photographs represent the product of the Returning Zinj project and have been sent for deposit to the Natural History Museum in Arusha. Interviews Interviews were conducted with participants of the East African Association for Palaeoanthropology and Palaeontology 2nd Bi-annual conference which celebrated the Golden Jubilee between 16th-21st August 2009. The interviewees do not represent the total or true range of Tanzanian professionals in this field, only an opportunistic sample. Dr Amy Staniforth conducted eight interviews between half an hour and an hour long with the below, between August 17th and August 25th, at Naura Springs Hotel and Pamoja Lodge (Arusha) and at the Seronera Lodge (Serengeti): Dr Charles Saanane palaeontologist, University of Dar es Salaam Godfrey Olle Moita (Maasai) Oldupai Site Museum curator and field scientist Professor Fidelis Masao palaeoanthropologist, UDSM Annunciata Laurich Recent University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) archaeology graduate Felista Mangalu, Director of the national Natural History Museum; Arusha Elinaza Mjema, Assistant curator at Oldupai Site museum; Ozias Sam Kileo, Curator of Oldupai Site Museum; Dr Jackson Njau, palaeoanthropologist, Berkeley Copryright permission was given by each interviewee to the Natural History Museum, Arusha, and it is hoped that the interviews, the transcripts, and the photographs documenting the interviews will be made available to researchers and the public. 8 interviews on separate cds, 8 transcripts of same.
Creator(s) Staniforth, Amy
Department(s) Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Managed by Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Physical Data
Returning Zinj: Marking evolutionary history (Compact Disks and Transcripts)

2008

Lord of The Rings world audience database (2008) Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University
Description This database contains all the responses (nearly 25,000) received to a questionnaire which was developed for use in the project, funded in the UK by the ESRC, to explore the launch and reception of The Lord of the Rings: III. This was a project involving researchers in twenty countries. Sponsorship: This research was made possible by a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC Grant No. 000-22-0323)
Creator(s) Barker, Martin
Department(s) Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Managed by Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Document(s)
World Audience Database (44086KB, text/xml)
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World Audience Database (49762KB, application/x-msaccess)
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Lord of the Rings Database User Guide (487KB, application/pdf)
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