Francophone Studies Open Access Repository:

Interconnected Scenarios Illustrating a Conceptual Model

 (starting in Louisiana and growing internationally)

 

Madeline Padgett

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

 

Plausible scenarios prove an effective method in conveying conceptual models[1] for the Louisiana-based Francophone Studies Open Repository initiative. As a graduate student trained in both Francophone Studies and Human Computer Interaction, I have created a linked set of user-centered narratives.  These interconnected scenarios describe how various stakeholders might benefit from and interact with my proposed open access system which will be enhanced by on-line participation and customization tools. The conceptual model for the Francophone Studies Open Access Repository was developed in part by insights gathered through discussions with people from diverse educational, social and cultural backgrounds. Unlike a list of system requirements or diagrams requiring subject matter expertise, scenarios can provide a common ground for discussion, enabling collaborative work among system developers and a variety of stakeholders.

 

Scenario 1 - Student created resources - Students in Louisiana audio-video record interviews with their grandparents or senior community members who speak French.  Students then upload records into the repository and establish their own copyright permissions.  Francophone community members may comment and share related stories.  (Example – Episcopal School of Acadiana high school student conducted interviews from 2006)

 

Scenario 2 - Student/Teacher/Official State Education created resources – Learning materials provided by official state approved educational sites (in French and in English) are used in the classroom. Teachers may customize this material, then create and post on-line their lesson plans and/or original activities.  Student projects could be uploaded as well, under the supervision of the teacher. (Example – Virtual Museum – Birds and Beaks French version –

http://appl003.lsu.edu/natsci/education.nsf/$Content/Virtual+Museum?OpenDocument)

 

Scenario 3 - Academic resource collaboration - Academics publish articles, collaborate on projects, and have reserved discussion spaces. (Example – Professors from different universities collaborate on Cajun French Dictionary -http://www.lsu.com/UNV002.NSF/(NoteID)/1A0E8514F4831BFB86256E5B007959BF?OpenDocument.)

 

Scenario 4 - Community members, international family connectionsLouisiana families with genealogical ties to people living in other francophone communities share stories, documents and commentaries about their ancestors in common.  (Example - Detraz/Hebert family – 19th century letters rediscovered in 1980.  Letters written in French by Maurice Detraz from 1880-1899 were mailed from Abbeville, Louisiana to his parents in Thonon-les-Bains, France.  This French-Louisiana family has stayed in touch across the Atlantic for over 100 years.)

 

Scenario 5 - Community members - established friendships – Cross-cultural, international friendships created in person can continue on-line.  (Example – interviews in French with people visiting Louisiana from France, Quebec, New Brunswick, and French Guyana.)

 

Scenario 6 - Community members (Special Interest Groups) - Veterans share stories of their use of French language while serving abroad in the armed forces.  (Example – Story Corps audio interview with Gerald Domingue.)

 

Scenario 7 - Community members - Seniors' voices – Audio-video interviews and presentations from Louisiana francophone seniors.  (Examples – recordings from the “Living Legends” Collection hosted by the Acadian Museum in Erath - http://www.acadianmuseum.com/legends.php - and recordings from a literacy class for native speakers of Louisiana French sponsored by the Alliance Française of Lafayette.)

 

Scenario 8 - History of French language and colonization of North America - Links to museums, libraries and special francophone projects to be provided.  Then, school and/or student created projects, additional links and discussions would be connected.  This scenario would link back to Scenario 2 in particular. (Examples – France in America - http://gallica.bnf.fr/FranceAmerique/fr/default.htm, Acadian Museum Erath - http://www.acadianmuseum.com,  La Salle Odyssey Project - http://www.museumofthecoastalbend.org/lasalle.html, and Common Routes; St. Domingue-Louisiana - at http://video.google.com)

 

Scenario 9 - Embracing Diversity – advocates francophone cultures throughout the world.  This scenario would link back to Scenarios 3, 4, and 5 in particular.  Subject matters to be addressed could include linguistic variation, such as different pronunciations, regional expressions, borrowing from other languages, and creative invention with language (Examples – froide/frette, maintenant/asteur, emel/chaoui, courriel/pourriel/A+) Additionally, contribution of resources which demonstrate examples of international cultural diversity would be encouraged. (Example Festival International of Lafayette, Louisiana - international visitors’ videos, photographs and commentaries - http://www.festivalinternational.com/site.php)

 

Scenario 10 – Links and partnerships with other repositories – With interdisciplinary studies flourishing, much material seems appropriate to more than one repository.  Hopefully, collaborative efforts will connect francophonestudiesrepository.org, africanstudiesrepository.org and other repositories of related disciplines.  Attention should be given to interoperable social networking tools, permissions, community tagging and eventually distributed storage and functionality to ensure survival of contents and systems’ reliability across repositories.

 



[1]"Both HCI [Human Computer Interaction] and SE [Software Engineering] communities have been influenced more recently by use of scenarios, examples and use cases in the design process. ...  HCI views scenarios in many different forms, ranging from rich descriptions of a systems context, to specific sequences of interaction or vision of future system usage." (Seffah, Gulliksen, et al. Human-Centered Software Engineering - Integrating Usability in the Software, 2005, pages 72, 78)