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Communities, Archives and New Collaborative Practices$
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Simon Popple, Andrew Prescott, and Daniel Mutibwa

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341895

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341895.001.0001

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BBC Pebble Mill: issues around collaborative community online archives – a case study of the Pebble Mill Project

BBC Pebble Mill: issues around collaborative community online archives – a case study of the Pebble Mill Project

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(p.41) 3 BBC Pebble Mill: issues around collaborative community online archives – a case study of the Pebble Mill Project
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Communities, Archives and New Collaborative Practices
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Vanessa Jackson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447341895.003.0003

This chapter considers the Pebble Mill project. The project is a multi-media online resource, with social media interaction on Facebook, where members of an online community build an ‘idiosyncratic archive’ of memories and artefacts, including photographs, videos, audio, and written text, creating a democratic history of BBC Pebble Mill, which complements the BBC's institutional archive. Some of the tensions and limitations of community archive projects are explored, including moderation, ethics, and legal matters, namely defamation and copyright. One of the major challenges for community archives regards the continuing commitment of ‘citizen curators’, the facilitators of online community projects, whose labour includes devising policies, moderating, and encouraging engagement. Issues of longevity and sustainability are considered, along with the vulnerability of online collections in a precarious virtual world, where platforms are subject to evolution, or removal — threatening the survival of small projects.

Keywords:   Pebble Mill project, BBC Pebble Mill, idiosyncratic archive, community archive projects, citizen curators, online community projects, online collections

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