Centre for Community Knowledge
CENTRE FOR COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE (CCK)
Ambedkar University Delhi
The Centre for Community Knowledge has taken up several archiving initiatives that include documentation of community knowledge or are collections sourced from the community. The existing repository of various physical and digital archival initiatives have housed an online presence as well as a physical repository of data, on-site or in office.
Most of these collections are important for social science research and this facilitates the centre to collaborate with other libraries, museums and archives in Universities across the world, institutions, and individuals who wish to donate their material, or the rights of duplication to the University for public access.
The Archiving tasks that are taken up include formulating policies on creation, maintenance and access to the archives; overseeing the activities keeping in mind established best practices for preservation of material, acquisition, arrangement, cataloguing, physical and digital storage; partnering with faculty, schools and centres in sourcing of archival collections that would be relevant or of interest to the wider academic and research community; maintain a part of the database online.
The significant aspect of archives within the centre is that they pertain to different types of communities that offer non-traditional source material for researchers. Often these archives are created, described, or preserved by individuals and community groups and mantained at the centre. The shared experience of the members of a community often determine or impact the items included within a community archive. The archives attempt to respond to community needs of information. For example, in the Institutional Memory Archive, the University itself is looked at as the community and a wide cross section of narratives are represented, data is sourced from multiple members and recording is usually done based on member requests. This model allows for community participation in knowledge creation and as a moniker that challenges existing meta-narratives of memory.