We wanted to set up an archive of existing interactive documentaries, but then we discovered that DocShift has already started one, and they have done it extremely well! To our knowledge it is the most extensive web archive of i-docs to date. We encourage you to visit their archive and to participate in its growth by sending any new interesting project to firstname.lastname@example.org
docSHIFT is an initiative of DOC Toronto made possible with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation on behalf of the Ministry of Culture. It is presented in partnership with Ryerson University, Hot Docs, CFC Media Lab, the Bell Fund and the National Film Board of Canada.
blogs & websites about i-docs:
Webdocu.fr - a very comprehensive French website by Louis Villers where you will find interviews, blogs, case studies and French i-docs news.
Interactivedocumentary.net – PhD research website by Sandra Gaudenzi (Goldsmiths, University of London). You will find here critical entries about new i-docs projects, a PhD blog and all her PhD chapters.
i-docs.fr – a place to find a range of posts about i-docs coming from other websites. A community of producers, academics and researchers also post their own entries there.
Interactive Documentary – Section of the personal website of Arnau Gifreu (Universitat Ramón LLull / Universitat de Vic, Spain). Contains research, presentations, publications, prototypes and courses. Blend of research, teaching and production in this area.
Documental Interactiu – Section of the personal website of Xavier Berenguer (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain).
The TMC Resource Kit – A Transmedia, Multiplatform, Convergence online “how to” kit for people that want to learn more about this field. Great transmedia in depth case studies. Created by Dr Siobhan O’Flynn andAnthea Foyer.
Living Docs – An initiative founded by Mozilla and the Tribecca Film Institute to facilitate the learning of i-docs skills. They organize hack days, mentoring, training and they co-finance some projects.
MIT Open Documentary Lab – Launched in Spring 2012 this MIT Lab aims at bringing together technologists, storytellers and scholars to forge new interesting i-docs.
NFB/interactive - a portal through which to browse all of National Film Board of Canada’s i-docs projects to date.
DocShift – the most comprehensive archive of i-docs to date, by the Documentary Organization of Canada.
idfa DOCLAB - show-casting the amazing international range of webdocs presented at idfa DOCLAB so far.
TFI Sandbox – all the projects sustained by the Tribeca Film Insitute… and more.
Arte Webproductions - the entire collection of webdocs produced by Franco-German television Arte.
Le Monde Webdocumentaire – all the webdocs produced by French newspaper Le Monde.
The Korsakow System is an easy-to-use computer program for the creation of database films. It was invented by Florian Thalhofer, a Berlin-based media artist. It is the first i-doc tool that has been made free to use via the internet a good ten years ago!
Popcorn Maker, by Mozilla, was the first free HTML5 tool to become available in 2011.
Galahad (launched October 2012) is a tool to produce branching narratives by The Shadow Gang.
i-docs papers and publication (by order of publication date):
on i-docs in general:
Nonny de la Peña, N. (2011). “Physical World News In Virtual Spaces. Representation and Embodiment in Immersive Nonfiction”. Media Fields journal. Critical Explorations in Media and Space. University of California.
Gifreu, A. (2011), “The Interactive Documentary. Definition Proposal and Basic Features of the Emerging Genre“. McLuhan Galaxy Conference Proceedings, pp 354-365. ISBN 978-84-938802-1-7.
Gifreu, A. (2011), “The Interactive Documentary. Definition Proposal and Characterization of the New Emerging Genre” . Hipertext 4, 2011. Digidoc Research Group. Communication Department. Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
Lietaert, M. (2011), Webdocs… a survival guide for online filmmakers. Notsocrazy!. With the support of Idfa Doclab.
Observatoire Du Documental, Documentary Network (2011), Documentary and New Digital Platforms: An Ecosystem in Transition.
Almeida, A.; Alvelos, H. (2010), “An Interactive Documentary Manifesto“. ICIDS’10 Proceedings of the Third joint conference on Interactive digital storytelling. Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag Berlin. Conference Proceedings, pp 123-128. ISBN 3-642-16637-7978-3-642-16637-2.
Gifreu, A. (2010), “El nuevo discurso de la no ficción interactiva y su aplicación para los dispositivos móviles. El caso del documental interactivo”. Geminis, 2, 19, pp 232-250. ISSN: 2179-1465.
Gifreu, A. (2010), “El documenal multimedia interactivo. Por una propuesta de definición y categorización del nuevo género emergente”. II Congreso Internacional Comunicación 3.0: Nuevos Medios, Nueva Comunicación. Conference Proceedings, pp 192-205. ISBN 978-84-615-1693-3.
Gifreu, A. (2010), The interactive multimedia documentary. A proposed model of analysis .[research work pre PhD - Advanced Studies Diploma -]. Recercat / Catalan Research Net. Communication Department. Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
Britain, C. (2009), Raising Reality to the Mythic on the Web: The Future of Interactive Documentary Film. North Carolina: Elon University.
Choi, I. (2009), “Interactive documentary: A production model for nonfiction multimedia narratives”Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, pp 44‐55.Berlin: Springer.
Gaudenzi, S. (2009), Interactive Documentary: towards an aesthetic of the multiple [draft PhD]. Londres: University of London. Centre for Cultural Studies (CCS) of Goldsmiths. CHAPTER 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6
Ursu, M. F.; Zsombori, V.; Wyver, J.; Conrad, L.; Kegel, I.; Williams, D. (2009), “Interactive Documentaries: A Golden Age”. ACM Computers in Entertainment, Vol. 7, No. 3, Article 41, 27pp.
Hight, C. (2008), “The field of digital documentary: a challenge to documentary theorists” . Studies in Documentary Film, Volume 2 Num 1. Bristol: Intelect Ltd, pp 3-7. ISSN 1750–3280.
Galloway, D.; Mcalpine, Kenneth B.; Harris, P. (2007), “From Michael Moore to JFK Reloaded: Towards a working model of interactive documentary”. Journal of Media Practice, 8(3), pp 325‐339.
Hosseini, M.; Wakkary, Ron (2004), Influences of Concepts and Structure of Documentary Cinema on Documentary Practices in the Internet, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Canada.
Skartveit, H.-L.; Goodnow, K. (2004), “Interactive Documentary”, Proceedings of DigiMedia Conference, Cairo, Egypt.
Glorianna Davenport – where the publications (2003) of MIT’s i-docs pioneer expert Glorianna Davenport can be found.
Squire, K. D.; Mingfong, J.; Matthews, J.; Wagler, M.; Martin, J.; Devane, B.; and Holden, C. (2007),”Wherever you go, there you are: place-based augmenter Reality Games for learning“.
Raessens, J. (2006), “Reality play: Documentary computer games beyond fact and Fiction”. Popular Communication, 4(3), pp. 213‐224.
Whitelaw, M. (2002), “Playing Games with Reality: Only Fish Shall Visit and interactive documentary”.Catalog essay for Halfeti: Only Fish Shall Visit, by Brogan Bunt.
(Thank you to Arnau Gifreu for helping in assembling this bibliography)