I had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Taylor of arcalife earlier this year. (You can see the video at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2009/03/video-interview-paul-taylor-of-arcalifecom.html.) The company obviously is expanding and creating new relationships. The following announcement was written by arcalife and Firebird:
arcalife and Firebird Media Limited have signed a deal bringing the two companies closer together in the personal and historical archiving space.
Firebird, Nations Memoryback
arcalife provides personal archiving solutions to its members, giving them the opportunity to store and share their family history, memories, stories, photos, video and audio - to enjoy now and to record for future generations.
Our members will be pleased with the additional functionality we’ll be delivering through Memorybank. The arcalife team brings significant technical skill to our group... to encourage us all to take a more active role in personally archiving our lives.
Firebird, through its website Memorybank offers its community a ‘peoples archive’, including sources of local historical information on which to base their research, as well as contribute to a wider cultural archive of local history from their own family memorabilia.
arcalife CEO Paul Taylor says, "This is a significant opportunity for both organizations. Many of our operational needs are similar and our services are complimentary, so it makes perfect sense.". Memorybank users will have access to a wider range of services and products that arcalife users already have: the ability to make multimedia timelines and create time capsules as well as structured archives to store and share any family information from research.
The CEO of Firebird Media Limited is Dr. Nick Barratt, noted historian and consultant / presenter of the hit UK family history show "Who Do You Think You Are". Barratt commented, "I think our members will be pleased with the additional functionality we’ll be delivering through Memorybank. The arcalife team brings significant technical skill to our group, and in return we’ll support them in their worthy mission to encourage us all to take a more active role in personally archiving our lives."
The alliance will start by bringing historical project and archiving software to the UK education market. Dr Barratt has been working for some time to encourage more interest in personal and local history in the UK education sector and has succeeded in having it added to a large number of school curricula. The new software, which will be called PROJECTBOOK, has been designed to support teachers and schools wanting to run and manage local history and personal archiving projects, and will be released during 2010 after intensive testing.
Dr. Barratt says, "I am particularly excited about our plans to develop bespoke education products to encourage a new generation of historians in schools to explore the world around them, and develop the important research and interpretative skills that will stand them in good stead no matter what they eventually decide to do with their lives.".
Firebird Media were established in 2005 to create Memorybank, the people's archive, and provide educational products for teachers of history and related curriculum areas.
Arcalife.com is one place where you can preserve family history, scrapbook today’s memories and securely share rich family content online.