TinSlave is Stevan Lockhart. Stevan has over 25 years of corporate IT experience including, since 1998, the extensive deployment of Linux and Free and Open Source infrastructure in trans-national corporate environments. After taking a deep breath, he left the corporate IT world and studied for a degree in Scottish Cultural Studies with the University of the Highlands and Islands as a student of Orkney College. In 2013 he was awarded a First Class Honours BA degree and was the recipient of the “Best Graduating Student” award. The combination of technology and cultural skills proves to be helpful for community digital archiving projects.
Stevan lives in Assynt, in the north west Highlands of Scotland.
The Assynt community in the guise of the Assynt Community Association won funding for a community development which included a café, bunkhouse and marine visitor attraction when the community took over the building vacated by the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen after their services became less needed in the area. The community also wanted an archive to preserve cultural and heritage artefacts, but the physical space and specialist facilities were not achievable. Stevan was therefore asked to develop and run a digital archive to meet the community’s requirements. The digital archive sub-project was delivered on time, under budget, and fulfilled all funding conditions. Many of the documented aspects of running digital community archives on this site originate from learnings from the Assynt Archive.
Other communities have similar requirements; It was with the intention of helping their ideas that the Assynt Archive was set up as a learning project, allowing others to take advantage of a working solution. This site documents some aspects of the project and provides an insight into how Stevan works. Stevan has addressed a number of groups at early stages of their archiving projects and has provided training for archivists and community leaders.
Stevan is available on a consultancy basis and may be contacted at ku.oc.evalsnitnull@evalsnit In addition to his digital archiving specialism, Stevan has extensive experience in the development and running of Linux-based infrastructure.