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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  […]

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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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Saturday, May 10 2014

Archiving Project Open Day

The Assynt Field Club, as reported here, set up a project to begin the process of archiving digitally a huge set of physical collections of sighting records and other information they have accumulated over many years.  Key to these collections is the work of two local residents, Pat and Ian Evans.   […]

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Wednesday, March 12 2014

AmbITion Scotland's Practical Digital Communications workshop

A group of folk from a number of museums and cultural  collections in the Highlands gathered at Ironworks in Inverness on Monday 10th March 2014.  Folk from Inverclyde. Aberdeen, Gairloch, Applecross, Skye and Ullapool were there, keen to see how to improve communication with their audiences using  […]

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Friday, February 14 2014

Learnings from a community archiving project

One of the odd things about a community archiving system is that it is used really in fits and starts.  Much of the time, it may simply sit there, with peaks of activity coming when volunteers have time to carry out archivists tasks, or training is carried out.  The Assynt Community Digital Archive  […]

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Thursday, January 16 2014

Assynt Field Club Archiving Project

The Assynt Field Club, a local society for those interested in natural history and ecology, has a collection of material gathered over many years, in the form of physical records, slides, maps, diary entries, logs and many other information records.  Many of these records are the work of Pat and Ian  […]

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Thursday, October 3 2013

Omeka - "Wordpress for Museums"

There are some principles for deploying a digital heritage collection which 25 years of IT experience and supporting technical concepts make self-evident.  Most of these are documented on this site, such as the idea of using virtualisation to separate out the various services that make up a digital  […]

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Thursday, August 15 2013

Zim wiki - More personal information tools

A wiki is a brilliant idea, created by Ward Cunningham when he released his WikiWikiWeb, a system that allowed groups of people to create and edit documents and notes easily and with minimal training.  To create links, it uses the concept of Wikiwords, and exampe being this - WikiWord - with  […]

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Tuesday, July 30 2013

Citation management and Archiving - Zotero

On a number of occasions during my recently completed degree, lecturers noted good adherence to citation conventions in my work.  This I found a little embarrassing, as it was really all down to the tools I used for citation management.  I've bumped into various proprietary citation managers over  […]

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Tuesday, July 16 2013

Content Creation with Assynt Older Folk

The Assynt Learning Centre has very pro-actively been running a series of courses for older folk to get the most out of their computers, and to promote understanding of digital technologies.  Part of this has been to create digital content, with the course participants keen to allow their views and  […]

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Tuesday, June 11 2013

Video snippets

As a follow up to an earlier report about taking short (less than one minute) video snippets of older folk describing and talking about photographs in their possession, a session was held yesterday at the Assynt Centre to see how these could be made in future.  I should get permission to upload one  […]

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Friday, May 3 2013

New Archive collection and archivist coming soon

Excellent news just in regarding the Assynt Community Digital Archive.  One of the trainees on the recent archivist training course run under the auspices of Assynt Learning has sought and obtained permission to digitise and archive the documents and photographs relating to the conversion of a local  […]

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Friday, April 26 2013

Ideas for and from older folk

An interesting couple of session were spent at the Assynt Centre recently chatting with a group of older folk who meet regularly to improve their computer skills.  The intention was to let the group know that their skills can be of use for the community by archiving some of their information, or  […]

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Tuesday, February 12 2013

Varieties of community archives

I was chatting with someone this morning regarding the different challenges facing community groups.  In particular, we were talking about long term storage and access to information which may be generated as part of a project.  Sometimes, information gets stored outside the community's or the  […]

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Friday, January 25 2013

Distributed, archiveable genealogical research

Here's an interesting idea - using the TiddlyWiki application, which is a simple HTML file containing javascript, and which allows you to create effectively a local web site as a standalone file, as a genealogical research notebook. Many community archives are of interest for their genealogical  […]

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Monday, January 21 2013

Well, it can be done - DSpace on a Raspberrypi

The little Raspberrypi computer, designed to re-create that wonderful sense of being able to do things yourself that those of us who cut our teeth in the early days of personal computing thrived on, is bringing the fun of general purpose computing back to all ages, especially kids.  It's wonderful  […]

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