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More contribution to Assynt’s Archive promised.

  • July 28, 2013 11:07 am

There is a fascinating archaeological underwater project under way at the moment, run by Wessex Archaeology, the SAMPHIRE project.  Details can be obtained here –  Having met the team at a communication event in Drumbeg a while ago, it was delightful to get an email from John McCarthy to say that the project would donate a copy of the report on a local dive, following information received from local divers, for inclusion in the Assynt Community Digital Archive.

Several aspects of this are significant:  One is that someone outwith Assynt recognises the importance of the Archive and is willing to make this contribution.  Another is that this is contemporary information (though it may deal with an historical event – we’ll have to wait to see) and such contemporary information is just as important as historical collections when one imagines community archives.  And finally, the presence of the Archive provides a natural repository for information that risks simply ending up in a box file on a shelf, perhaps not quite so bad in this case, but the point remains.

It’s a generous offer from John and will be well received.

The purpose of this blog

  • January 17, 2013 9:56 am

It seems that many communities have a need to archive information or to maintain a local store of heritage and culture.  In Assynt, in the north west Highlands of  Scotland, the community had exactly that urge, but the physical space and continuous commitment required for a physical archive seemed insurmountable.  A digital archive was therefore proposed and has been implemented.  This blog notes the various aspects of choices made, technical issues encountered, and other design choices associated with community archiving.  It is hoped that this information will be useful to others.