Queer Public Archives

Word relations in one transcript of lesbians and queer women who came out between 1983-2008 in NYC. For more on this image, click through to read the post, 'Opaque is Being Polite.' Jen Jack Gieseking CC BY-NC 2013
Word relations in one transcript of lesbians and queer women who came out between 1983-2008 in NYC. Jen Jack Gieseking CC BY-NC 2013

My dedication to using participatory methods to combat social inequality with more diverse groups of participants, as well as my own comfort, knowledge of, and ability to quickly learn and apply technology, made it essential and exciting to further employ digital and computational methodologies in my present and future projects. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people have long been denied the ability to define and create their own histories. Over the years I have dedicated to myself to developing new approaches across qualitative and quantitative methods and analyses in order to rethink our production of queer history. I am presently crafting and working toward constructing the Queer Public Archives (QPA). QPA will be a living archive that affords lgbtq people a space to map and share their stories online in their own words and images, through mobile digital devices, multimedia, and web and geospatial technologies.

As an example of the work that is part of the Queer Public Archives project, I am creating new and innovative data visualizations regarding lesbian-queer history and spaces in New York City, such as the image above. Many of these visualizations develop form a set of 381 lgbtq organizational records spanning 25 years (1983-2008) that I collected in my earlier research. I employ computational technologies to perform networking graph analysis, GIS and geospatial mapping techniques, and data visualizations of both datasets, and produce interactive web interfaces so that others may contribute to these projects as co-researchers. This theorization and project development has required multiple project iterations, such as the Our Queer Lives and Spaces (OQLS) project. The OQLS capabilities for co-researchers and public citizens to add their own stories, images, and videos of lgbtq history to a shared via mobile and web internet access will return soon.

For now, I recommend reviewing the posts in the Data Visualizations category of my blog and returning from time to time as this project develops.