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Preservando la Memoria del Ecuador

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The IICD project has two components. One of these components is the creation and management of a webpage for radio La Luna. With the creation of this webpage we have managed to open up a space for discussion, as a way to be more democratic. We want to stimulate broad discussions about the commentaries we pass on a piece of news or about the information we broadcast on the radio. We want to create discussion forums. When somebody says, for instance, you guys at radio La Luna are very partial, we want somebody else to respond, with no need for us to intervene. As a mass media, we are no longer the owners of information. That is the good thing about this. Information is there for the people and from the people. Of course, the arrival of computers and digital sound was very important for the radio in particular. New technologies enabled us to be in permanent touch with our fellow citizens. This has been vital for us on occasion of important civil events, like the ones of April 2005. On that occasion, the website played an amazing role, enabling our listeners to take part in the events and to discuss about them. The site opened up a space for a huge audience not only in Ecuador but in the rest of the world. We mustn´t forget that La Luna is just a regional radio, covering Quito and the province of Pichincha Thus, the website enabled citizens from the rest of the country to be informed about what was happening here in Quito, the political epicenter. Let alone migrants and journalists from other parts of the world! We have discovered that a webpage is a completely different way of communicating. We don´t take up all the information any more. In my particular case, I have learnt this. This is an amazing experience for me. I have studied social communication and at the university my teachers used to tell me, well... you have a communication medium, you have to manage it in this way and that´s it. But now that I am the webmaster of this page I have realized that we have moved to higher levels. We receive commentaries from Spain, from the Netherlands, from the USA, from Germany and so, we can realize that wow! this is very interesting because it is global! We have also opened a new tool called blogs. Anyone willing to open his own space for communication can enter the page of radio La Luna and create his own blog, his own webpage with no censure, with the freedom to speak about everything he wants. The other component of the project is the production of a DVD to digitize certain historical documents The historical memory of this country preserved in digital format. This is a huge challenge as we are working with archives belonging to other organizations, such as the archives of the Central Bank of Ecuador, or the movie library of the Casa de la Cultura, with our own archives, with NGOs that have been involved with the social history of this country. This is extremely important as this process will enable future generations to gain an immediate access to first hand information, vital for the development of our identity. Many languages have disappeared in this country, they are simply not spoken any more. A lot of our collective and individual memory has been lost in Ecuador. The preservation of our historical memory is vital and thus, the digitization of documents showing important moments of social struggles is a top priority. These documents show different social groups standing up against injustice, claiming for social transformations, asking for things to change. We think this is really vital. The preservation of biodiversity is extremely important and so is the preservation of our memory.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 41 seconds
Country: Ecuador
Language: Spanish (Spain)
Producer: Infodesarrollo.ec
Views: 98
Posted by: jpowell on Dec 18, 2008

This project aims to strengthen the collective memory of Ecuadorian society of key moments in its social struggle through the digitisation of documents of various types that detail the main events in recent Ecuadorian history. The aim is to stimulate broad discussion about important social processes and to educate the younger generations about historical events over the past 25 years in a non-formal manner through the production of multimedia content. The project will strengthen ties with independent broadcasting organisations and other information networks throughout Latin America in order to exchange content and lessons learned about conserving and strengthening collective memory but also about the use of ICTs to achieve this. For more information: www.iicd.org

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