ParaData

Interactive History Website & Kiosk Installation

About the project

Planning its move to the Imperial War Museum site at Duxford, the Airborne Forces Museum was keen to open up its archive previously hidden away in filing cabinets. Engaged to build a website and set of touchscreen kiosks to present this material, we evolved the idea of turning it into a living archive. Cogapp digitised around 10,000 items, and designed a system to allow members of Airborne Forces and their families to add memories, materials and comments.

The ParaData project turned the museum inside out - presenting the community with the opportunity and tools to showcase their stories and personal archives; comprehensive in a way previously impossible, and even now unprecedented. ParaData was recognised as an 'Outstanding Achievement' by the Interactive Media Awards 2008.

Just as the museum is not about objects and events, but people, their spirit and their values, so ParaData tells the human story of the airborne soldier. To make our archive available is a great step, but to bring it to life is something else entirely. Cogapp have added huge value to the museum, and we are grateful for their hard work.
— Major General Adrian Freer, Chairman of Trustees, Airborne Forces Museum