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October 16, 2012 By Andy Ross

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A collective memory...

This afternoon on Radio 4, there was a fascinating programme which has a particular take on the use of the internet I certainly had not thought of before. It is associated with memory and remembering, and proposes that we all use each other's memories to make up for our own shortcomings. The example is of the London cabbie who uses his long term memory for his routes but does not have as good a short term memory as his wife does. So the two complement each other.

Now, you may be wondering why I am blogging this. Over the weekend, we were chatting with Stacey and Kathy, the weavers who were up here for Wool Week, and Stacey is part of a group of weavers who are scanning and putting online all the resources that they feel are useful to other weavers. If I remember correctly, the archive uses Peter Collingwood's library as a starting point and volunteers to create the online resource, a sort of collective memory that used to be on paper and now is digital. Now, that really is a very useful way to use the internet!