Capturing Paralympic History
Friday, August 31st, 2012 @ 8:35PM
Sitting next to Tony Naar at the velodrome, we started talking about the history of the Australian Paralympic Movement. Tony is the general manager of knowledge services at the APC. (Australian Paralympic Committee)
We were cheering on Aussies Felicity Johnson and Stephanie Morton as they won a spectacular gold medal in the women’s B 1km Individual Time Trial and reflecting on the inspiration they provide and how to capture the moment for generations to come.
It turns out that Tony has been working with 30 or so volunteers for about 18 months in collaboration with Wikimedia Australia in an impressive crowd-sourcing exercise to preserve and record Australia’s incredibly rich Paralympic history. The History of the Paralympic movement in Australia project (HoPAu) is well under way, so check out the web site and encourage people with stories to tell and photos to share to visit. Here is the link.
The wiki is also an extremely useful reference site for people wanting to find out more about the Paralympics and classifications. For example, in the 15 days leading up to the London Paralympics there have been over 100,000 page views of the articles created by this group of volunteers.
There is also a fantastic oral history project in partnership with the National Library of Australia. 30 oral histories have already been recorded with another 10 planned over the next year. Seven Paralympians from the 1960 Rome Paralympic Games have been interviewed and are available online via the National Library of Australia.