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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 (http://wildflowereurope.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Community-historic-archives.pdf ) 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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Monday, July 7 2014

Upgrading community archive software

One of the constant themes you will find on this web site is the concept of taking a long view regarding running a digital archive.  This truism is sometimes in conflict with the world in which it operates, the technological and digital world, which is driven by constant expectations of  […]

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Wednesday, April 2 2014

Assynt Community Archive - Home safe again

If you have read something of the history of the Assynt Community Digital Archive on this site or elsewhere, you will know that the Archive was set up as part of the project that brought the old Fishermen's Mission building into community ownership as a bunkhouse and café in 2009, opening in 2011.   […]

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Tuesday, November 26 2013

Sofia, Bulgaria Wild Flower Europe Workshop - Wonderful history, wonderful people

The Wild Flower Europe project is an EU project recognising the part played by rural communities and the natural environment in European culture involving Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.  The programme works with partner organisations in those countries. Among other  […]

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Monday, October 14 2013

Stevan at the Wildflower Europe Community History Archive workshop, Bulgaria

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  […]

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Thursday, January 17 2013

The purpose of this blog

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  […]

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