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The BBC Domesday Reloaded Project Reveals a Historical UK

— May 17, 2011 — Tech
The BBC Domesday Reloaded project is one where over a million people across the UK submitted data on their local area in order to chronicle life in Great Britain during the 1980s.

Now, 25 years later, some of this data is now available to the public. Further, BBC is asking people in the UK to send in their current photos and/or text to help create an updated snapshot of Britain in 2011. 147,819 pages and 23,225 were received 25 years ago, including pictures, maps, video, surveys, statistics, essays and personal testimonies. These were stored on two now-comically oversized laserdiscs.

All of the information from the original BBC Domesday project is now online and accessible to the public. It is also possible to update the existing images with those from the present day in order to compare and contrast how each area has changed in a quarter of a century. This may very well have been the earliest form of social media as one would know it!
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