Pararchive: Open Access Community Storytelling and the Digital Archive


Principal Investigator: Simon Popple (University of Leeds)
Co-investigators: Stephen Coleman, Helen Graham, Andy Turner, Fiona Philip and Daniel H. Mutibwa (University of Leeds); Jenna Ng (University of York);
Collaborators: Tony Ageh (BBC Archive Development); Imran Ali, Tom Morgan and Dean Vipond (Carbon Imagineering); Tim Boon and Alison Hess (Science Museum, London); Danny Callaghan (Ceramics City Stories, Stoke-on-Trent); Paul Duffy (Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage, Bute; Rachael Turner (Manchester Digital Laboratory – MadLab); Arduino MCR and Bokeh_Yeah! Manchester.
Duration: From 2013 to 2015

Pararchive aims to co-produce a new open digital resource that will allow anyone to search and collect on-line sources and combine them with their own media (film, photographs and other ephemera) to tell their own stories, make new archives, be creative, start new projects and do their own research. In doing so, individuals and community groups will draw on archive material from project institutional partners; the BBC and the Science Museum.
Pararchive is divided into four phases:
Identification of user needs and functionality of the digital resource through running technology lab workshops with community groups constructing prototype tools and a beta version of the resource, based on the specifications developed in phase one testing the beta version of the resource with communities for suitability evaluating the experiences of community groups, institutional and technology partners and the research team regarding collaborative working
The launch of the open digital resource will take place at a community showcase and conference in March 2015.