The Primary Access project and website from the University of Virginia is a great example of many things, including:

  • The power of the web to serve as a platform for digital storytelling, both in authoring original and communicating finished digital stories.
  • A creative way to empower digital storytellers but also conform to existing copyright restrictions.
  • The type of technology uses we should be putting into the hands of students and teachers at all levels, to create and communicate.

Click the see it in action link to test drive. This is amazingly powerful. Used images are just linked from the web engine, they are not actually downloaded, so the rendering is happening over the Internet on the fly. Links can be added from a flickr account as well as images already in the archive. The developers are actually working with Ken Burns as a consultant on the project, along with institutions including the Smithsonian, so that should give anyone familiar with digital storytelling an idea of the quality and level of this initiative.


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