Sentenced to Transportation: An iDoc for Australia’s Convict Past

Nicole Basaraba

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An interactive web documentary (iDoc) was produced to highlight multinational perspectives and give users the option to choose their own experience by exploring different narrative paths about convict transportation to the 11 UNESCO World Heritage Australian Convict Sites. The iDoc prototype provides a map-based main menu, an alternative “stories" footer menu, and a traditional linear progression. It brings 11 physical locations into the digital landscape and provides a series of “stories” from the perspectives of female convicts, Irish convicts (and their famous escape stories, convicts’ life in prison), and the impact of colonialism on the Indigenous populations. The iDoc also addresses the issue of growing public rejection of experts’ presentation of history through a bottom-up approach of remixing user-generated (i.e., non-expert) content with curated archives and tourism marketing content. The public can interact with the work through a web browser (preferably Chrome) with an internet connection by clicking on the hyperlinks in the interface.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntertainment Computing – ICEC 2021
EditorsJannicke Baalsrud Hauge, Jorge C. S. Cardoso, Licínio Roque, Pedro A. Gonzalez-Calero
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-89394-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-89393-4
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Entertainment Computing
- Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: 2 Nov 20215 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Entertainment Computing
Abbreviated titleICEC 2021


  • iDoc
  • Virtual tour
  • Transmedia
  • Edutainment
  • Colonial narratives


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