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Social History Guide

The PDX Social History Guide is a website featuring location-based stories reflecting the multicultural history of downtown Portland, OR, USA. The site brings these stories to the surface through interviews, mapping, art and photos. Each story features a summary, audio clip, and an image or map.

To see the project in action:

My goal is for this platform (the app and the site) to be reusable in whole, or at least in parts, in other communities and locations who want to gather and share their stories.

To achieve this, a lot of the Portland-specific elements need to be factored out into environmental variables, the database, etc. Admittedly, I took a few shortcuts just so we could get this project launched without over-optimizing for imagined contingencies. Generalizing the codebases will be a non-trivial amount of work, but I've made decisions along the way with that in mind. Suggestions are welcome.

Related Project

This is the web version of the PDX Social History App. The source for that project is available here.

Known Issues

Among the issues that need attention:

  • Layout improvements for phones, tablets, and variable widths on desktop
  • Improvements in use of the Geolocation API
  • Better support for older browsers

Credits

See the full list of credits on the project's website.

Software License

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2013 Elsewise LLC

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

Content License

I've included some of the media files in the repo for convenience, so the project will un with less hassle, but these media files are not available under the MIT License.

Specifically:

  • Hand-drawn icons and illustrations are copyright Kate Bingaman-Burt
  • Audio files are copyright Know Your City, with permission of the interviewees
  • Photos owned by third-parties which have been licensed for use by Know Your City

If you have questions, please contact us.