Connecting Communities: Storytelling and the Digital Archive Conference

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  1. This AHRC-funded conference and community showcase marked the climax of the Pararchive project (pararchive.com) which sought to build a new interactive environment (yarncommunity.com) that explores issues of ownership, public and institutional relationships and provides tools for collaborative community research and creative expression using digital heritage resources. YarnCommunity was motivated by recognition that communities are encountering real barriers to organising and connecting to resources and each other. In the field of heritage it is often difficult to access archival materials from public cultural institutions owing to bureaucratic, commercial and geographical barriers, something that impedes community research and connectivity. It is often difficult to establish relationships between communities and institutions that could and should be mutually enriching.
    Over two days at the end of March 2015, The Connecting Communities: Storytelling and the Digital Archive event brought together community groups, activists and campaigners, researchers, creative professionals, cultural institutions and policymakers who engaged in conversations and discussions about how to deal with issues such as copyright, collaborative working, connectivity, forms of creative practice, impact, policy and activism around the notion of building open access digital public spaces and ensuring their lasting legacies.
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