Stevan Lockhart is due to deliver a series of presentations on practical aspects of developing and running community digital archives at the Wildflower Europe Community History Archive project workshop in Bulgaria in mid-November. The topics due to be covered include general coverage practical digital humanities, technical decision points, legal landscapes, community involvement and achieving long-term outcomes.
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.