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This is a JISC funded developing community content project.  As detailed elsewhere on this site we are aiming to create a digital archive pertaining to Leicestershire and then engage with the community to provide content, and input to the project.  This content will be provided in two ways:

  1. The submission of actual items to the archive
  2. The addition of comments, tags, ratings, etc to the items already added to the archive

This website and blog will be the will be used to document the processes we go through on the project and will be updated with news, ideas, and speculations regarding all aspects of the project.  There will be contributions from individual partners in the project along the way and we hope that this blog will become a record of the decisions we make and procedures we use to creat a successful community collaboration.  It is hoped that other projects will learn something (however small) from us.

The JISC’s Developing Community Content programme has funded ten projects at UK universities to create and use digital content that is useful not only for those involved in Higher Education, but also for various communities within the broader general public.

There are eleven projects in the programme, plus one support project.

Community flood archive enhancement through storytelling (Co-FAST) – University of Gloucestershire – http://www2.glos.ac.uk/severnfloods/

Exploring residents’ opinions and thoughts on the nature of flooding in Gloucestershire.

Addressing History – EDINA at the University of Edinburgh – http://addressinghistory.blogs.edina.ac.uk/

Putting together street names and historical maps from eighteenth and nineteenth-century Edinburgh

GaleriCymru- Coleg Harlech – http://www.galericymru.com/

Developing an interactive site to allow for the contribution and self-evaluation from extra mural groups studying art courses in North Wales

Mass Observation Communities Online – University of Sussex – http://www.mocoproject.org.uk/

Engaging a variety of community and volunteer groups to make contributions to the Mass Observation Archive

Digitising data for disparate communities: Naval history and climate science – University of Oxford – http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/digitisation/communitycontent/navalhistory.aspx

Using crowdsourcing techniques to transcribe meteorological reports from the Royal Navy, 1914-1923

Strandlines – King’s College London – http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/digitisation/communitycontent/strandlines.aspx

Working with the disparate communities and groups that work and live in one street in central London

 MyLeicestershire – University of Leicester – https://myleicestershire.wordpress.com/

Working with community groups, organisations and individuals to make openly available hidden treasures concerning the county of Leicestershire.

Community Cafe – University of Southampton – http://communitylanguages.wordpress.com/

Engaging local communities in Southampton in the co-creation of online cultural and language materials.

OurWikiBooks – University of Manchester – http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/digitisation/communitycontent/ourwikibooks.aspx

Co-developing, with teachers and GCSE and A-level students, a new digital collection of key concerns and knowledge in computing education.

Welsh Voices of the Great War in Wales – Cardiff University – http://www.welshvoices.com/

Working with families of those in Wales who fought in the Great War, to collect and make available online the range of artefacts that are held in private hands.

Media and Memory in Wales, 1950-2000 – Aberystwyth University http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/digitisation/communitycontent/memorywales.aspx

Collecting oral testimony relating to the age of television in Wales, focussing on memories of significant televisual moments in politics and culture.

RunCoCo – University of Oxford – http://projects.oucs.ox.ac.uk/runcoco/

A support project to develop the software and expertise from the Oxford Great War Archive project so that similar community collection projects can be run

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