The aim of the Digital Timelines project is to produce and disseminate an easy to follow guide on how to make a 'personal digital memory' (PDM). The PDM is simply a combination of still images, video and sounds edited into a short film. The guide will be free to anyone as a simple training course, as well as in downloadable format and as an instructional video. And making the films should be at very little or no cost.
The purpose of the PDM is to help people with memory loss by providing memory triggers to create a positive reaction and or stimulate conversation through reminiscence. The PDM is personalised so that all the information relates to the individual.
The PDM differs from other ICT based memory triggers as the materials which make up the PDM will be tried and tested to ensure there is a positive reaction, before the components are put together.
The person with memory loss, their family, and professional carers will all have a role in agreeing what materials will be appropriate and what the finished format should be.
The PDM can be a combination of still pictures, film; either shot especially, or previously shot, and sounds. Because everyone is different, we are aware that each PDM will be unique in content and format, so we will also provide a number of example PDMs for people to look at and get ideas from.
The project, which is running from September 2014 until August 2016, is partly funded by the European Union and involves six organisations from five countries across Europe. See Partners for details.
If you would like to be involved in the project, perhaps to try out the training and make a PDM yourself, then please get in touch using the contact page.