COVID-19: Ethical contemporary collecting
This form is for organisations and individuals interested in documenting and collecting around COVID-19 for long term preservation and access.
The intention is to create a publicly accessible directory, which is automatically updated as individuals complete the form. This directory will not be managed or maintained by one individual or institution, but instead be a shared and collaborative resource to connect individuals to each other.
Access to this form has been advertised publicly via social media, mailing lists and through professional networks.
The information gathered will be collated into a spreadsheet and shared freely with others interested in this topic. There is no obligation to share information you do not want to be made openly available - all questions are optional.
While these questions may be skewed to those working in heritage / collecting organisations, anyone is invited to take part, including individuals choosing to engage in this subject matter or from other disciplines.
The spreadsheet of responses can be viewed here:
Your name and preferred pronouns: E.g. Alex Smith (she/her)
Organisation you are affiliated with / collecting on behalf of (please state if working as individual)
Country of origin / where your organisation is based
Antigua and Barbuda
Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Bassas da India
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
Coral Sea Islands
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Holy See (Vatican City)
Isle of Man
Juan de Nova Island
Micronesia, Federated States of
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
Wallis and Futuna
Your job title (or professional / personal interest if working independently)
If you're happy to be contacted and will be available during the coming months, please provide your email address or other contact details.
If you are part of an organisation, which category do you (broadly) fit into?
Arts organisation / gallery.
Business or corporate.
Community / independent collecting initiative or group.
Geographically focused organisation (e.g. Museum of London, local archive, etc).
School, college, university.
Special interest repository / museum.
What is your collecting remit? (e.g if you are interested in collecting lived experience of people in your geographical area).
Please select your main collecting priorities from the list below.
Artistic responses: zines, graphic medicine, artworks, music and sound, memes, etc.
Charitable support, philanthropic approaches, aid and advice.
Commissioning diaries of everyday life.
Economic impact on society, individuals, and businesses.
Everyday ephemera and objects: signs in shops / public spaces, drawings in windows, etc.
Health and medical responses: public health, NHS, pre-existing health conditions, etc.
Industry and tech: tech transfer, factories, innovations, PPE and ventilators, etc.
Institutional collecting / staff and frontline experiences.
International / global collecting.
Leisure, tourism and sport.
Medical research and science: vaccines, testing, funding, scientific collaboration.
Official responses: Government / parliamentary / local Council.
Societal impact: life under lockdown, community responses, mutual aid and volunteering.
What formats are you hoping to focus on collecting?
Born-digital records (e.g. word documents, PDFs. digital photographs).
Audio Visual / Time-based (e.g. oral history recordings, video diaries, sound pieces).
Objects (e.g. PPE equipment, NHS banners, etc).
Printed and published (e.g. books on coronavirus, zines, etc).
Physical records (e.g. handwritten diaries and scrapbooks, ephemera).
Websites, social media and other more dynamic born-digital content.
Not fixed yet, can work across these formats.
Have you already started collecting on this topic? If so, please outline what you have collected, tools you have used, along with any links to websites.
How are you planning on acquiring material? Creating records, collecting records,
Crowd-sourced via digital participatory tools (e.g using collaborative platforms like Omeka, digital transfers such as DropBox, etc).
Actively asking people to collect and hold on to materials for physical transfer at a later date (once offices reopen).
Passive collecting through existing relationships / suppliers: local bodies, organisations, charities, etc.
Remote field collecting: collecting online resources and publications, web harvesting, etc.
Retrospective collecting: planning for what can be captured later and how (e.g. oral histories).
Actively collecting physical items: materials being sent to office or home address, PO Box address, or other.
Are you already collaborating with / in contact with other individuals or organisations (For example, working with other local groups or researchers)? If yes, please provide details.
What tools are you considering using to collect on this topic? (e.g. Webcorder, Omeka, etc)
What are your main ethical concerns around collecting on this topic (e.g. consent and donation agreements and GDPR, need for sensitivity around subject matter, etc)
How are you planning to free up resources and capacity to collect on this topic? Is there anything that would be helpful to allow you to collect on this topic?
Have you got any other comments / suggestions / thoughts?
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