map.jpgDigital Villages

Main Country of Operation: United Kingdom
Other Countries of Operation: N/A
Contact: Steve Thompson
Home page: http://www.ecol.org.uk (and others)

A Digital Village is a space where a community expresses their identity though ICT and Digital Media. This may be from an artistic, heritage, or economic perspective or a mixture of all three.This can be done through poetry, digital stories, community newspapers online, image collections (old and new), audio (Internet radio, oral history), animations, video, and text. To engage in the activities the participants need to learn new skills and so the Digital Village also becomes a learning community.

At it’s simplest a Digital Village is a community website. The term “village” need not apply to an actual village (although in many cases it does) but to a cluster of villages, a geographical area or a group of participants in a town. On Teesside there is even an example of a Digital Cemetery!

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