May 23, 2022

Open Source Software: “BBC Archive Aid to Trigger Dementia Patients’ Memories”

From the BBC:

The BBC’s online archive RemArc helps stimulates conversations between people with dementia and their carers.

It draws on photos, music, spoken word recordings and film from 1940 to 1980.


The BBC has made the software behind it open-source, meaning that archives and museums around the world could provide a similar service using their own material.

Jake Berger, from the BBC’s archive development team, said: “We hope that amongst the 1,500 items from our archives that are available on RemArc, there will be something that triggers a reminiscence for everyone.

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