What would you ask David Attenborough?

David Attenborough at the Arkive launch

Wildscreen’s photograph of David Attenborough at ARKive’s launch in Bristol, England © May 2003

On Friday the Earth in Vision team will be interviewing David Attenborough. Have you got a question you want to ask him?

One question for the team has been prompted by our time in the BBC paper archives at Caversham: ‘Why didn’t your team bring back a Komodo dragon from your Zoo Quest trip to Indonesia in 1956?’ Here’s the answer:

DSCF1525 excerpt© The Open University thanks Sir David Attenborough for permission to reproduce this letter

Imagine exploring an online digital broadcast archive which links the rich film and written archives of a career spanning some seven decades. His work covers not just his natural history persona, but his major influence over new technical and cultural directions in broadcasting (working class minority sports; intellectual chat shows; colour TV and a whole lot more…) That is the legacy of David Attenborough’s life’s’ work. Whilst we already have a glimpse of what this might look like, for example here and here, we are wondering what more could be done in the future? What would users do to bring new meaning to archive content?

Joe Smith and Kim Hammond

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