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Published on March 6th, 2015 | by Jennifer Jones


Archiving Community Storytelling: Challenges and Opportunities: 13th March 2015

As part of Digital Commonwealth project, the team have hosted a number of community media meet-ups focusing on the opportunities and challenges afforded through the use of new technologies for digital storytelling within a community development setting in Scotland.

Next Friday on the Paisley Campus of the University of the West of Scotland, in partnership with the National Library of Scotland, we shall be hosting our final meet up, this time with a focus on archiving such content and the processes behind the platforms. The event has now sold out, but we have a wait-list available here.

Event details below: 

Digital Storytelling through social media allows people to shape and develop their own stories on the internet, using free and accessible digital and mobile tools. However, publishing and generating content through these interactive, 3rd party environments often generates questions of ownership, context and technical ability to ensure that community-generated or co-created stories are archived sensitively for future generations.

The Digital Commonwealth project ( wants to gather together individuals, organisations or projects interested in the issue of archiving digital content for a dedicated symposium to identify the main opportunities and challenges, share good practice and collaboratively generate solutions. The programme for the day covers technical, legal/ethical and practice components and includes opportunities for interactive discussion throughout.

This event will be of interest to those involved in community media, third sector organisations using digital and social media to represent their users, community organisations and academics interested in archiving, digital storytelling and community-based research.

Hashtag: #digarchive


09.45 Arrival and registration: Tea, coffee & networking

10.00 Welcome, Professor David McGillivray

10.10 “Digital Commonwealth: Archiving Community Stories of Glasgow 2014”, Prof David McGillivray & Jennifer Jones, UWS

10.40 “Archiving Digital Artefacts: Policy and Practice”, Eilidh McGlone, National Library of Scotland

11.10 “Community media archiving in a research context” Tamar Millen, Community Media Association

11.30 Panel Session: “Community Storytelling in the Digital Age”

Eilidh McGlone (NLS), Peter Murray (MediaTrust), John Popham (Digital Storyteller), Jim McMillian (Sunny Govan Radio)

12.15 Lunch

13.00 Reducing barriers to accessing open knowledge, Sara Thomas, Wikimedian in Resident, Museums Galleries Scotland

13.20 Breakout sessions: Discussion and feedback.

Technical dimension (including 3rd party providers, terms and conditions of use, rights and legal ownership of content, IT infrastructure)

Legal and Ethical dimension: (commercial providers, IP, copyright, licensing cultural memory, permissions)

Competence/practice dimension (skills to work in partnership with communities, to create and upload content, to archive it and to maintain presence, to sustain participation)

15.00 Next steps and actions

15.30 Close

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