Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Community Beer Archive
"Have all the brewing records in the London Metropolitan Archives been scanned."
It was well meant, but I couldn't help laughing.
Then realised it wasn't a laughing matter. I've taken a few snapshots, but the vast majority of the pages are unrecorded. There are all sorts of ways they could be damaged or lost. What a waste.
There's a huge resource out there, in a highly flammble, rottable, floodable, wormable form. It needs to be backed up.
No way I can do that by myself.
Here's the idea: a community scanning project. Anyone can take part. Scan brewing records and add them to a freely accessible database.
This is the best bit: get beer as a reward.
That's if brewers are willing to join in. Give beer, save history.