Saturday, August 18 2018

Archiving an Archive site

For a number of reasons, updates on this web site are slow at the moment.  However, the site itself will remain alive for anyone interested in its contents and interested in real-life stories of running a community digital archive, and I hope the site will soon have much to report.  Please contact me for any further information.

Saturday, July 22 2017

Assynt Digital Archive - Workstation updates

The four main workstations that are part of the Assynt Community Digital Archive have done their job since 2011, and remain adequate for what is needed in this role.  As with the main archive, part of the reason for this longevity is the use of Free and Open Source software, which is both kind to  […]

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Friday, December 16 2016

Assynt Digital Archive - System Change

The Assynt Community Digital Archive was set up in 2011 as a long term community initiative.  Readers of this site will know that among the founding principles of the Archive was an adherence to metadata standards and the choice of Free and Open Source software on which to run the Archive.  Among  […]

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Tuesday, March 1 2016

Gaelic Place Names - collating local culture

As in many rural communities, place names in Assynt mean a lot more than merely words on maps.  They indicate what is and was important to everyday life, and very often give a glimpse of how much more the land was used in times gone by.  Alastair Moffat notes in one of his books that the landscape,  […]

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Monday, November 2 2015

A visit to the island of Eigg

It was a very welcome invitation from Lucy Conway of the Island of Eigg History Society, Commun Eachdraidh Eige, to visit to assist the group there to develop plans for a community digital archive. Late October weather and ferry crossings do not always make ideal partners, and in this case, the Loch  […]

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Sunday, March 8 2015

True North conference, Timespan, Helmsdale

[caption id="attachment_265" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Helmsdale[/caption] The True North conference took place at Timespan in Helmsdale on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th March 2015.  The conference title was a good way of reflecting the eclectic nature of the  […]

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Wednesday, February 18 2015

One barrier to community archiving smashed

January 2015 saw a major update to the tiny little raspberry Pi single board computer, which I have previously written about here.  The Pi now has four times the number of "cores" on the same chip, and four times the amount of memory of the original, and is roughly six times as powerful.    […]

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Wednesday, December 3 2014

Wildflower Europe community history archive e-publication - free download

The Wildflower Europe project has recently produced a e-publication ( ) based on the research and practical experiences in setting up a community history digital archive in a small rural community in Scotland, and  […]

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