This presentation was made at Drawing on All Resources: developing open educational practice in art, design and media, held on 16 May 2012 at University of Brighton. 

Presenter: Dr Sarah Atkinson, Principal Lecturer in Broadcast Media, University of Brighton

The SP-ARK archive (Sally Potter Archive) provides a unique example of the successful marriage between the principles of open educational resources and open archives. SP-ARK is an interactive online project based on the multi-media archive of world-renowned film director Sally Potter. Over the past five years, the archive has been developed to a Beta-testing level, and includes the intuitive visual navigation of one of Potter’s films, Orlando (1992), and all of the related assets. Users are able to view and annotate a myriad of materials including film clips, scripts, storyboards, still images, location and developmental paperwork.

This presentation provided insights into the evaluative case study, which is currently being undertaken in conjunction with a number of Universities into the pedagogic potential of SP-ARK. It investigated the collaborative potential between open educational practices and online open audiovisual archives within the wider context of OERs and policy issues surrounding their access, use and licensing.

To see the full event report:,-design-and-media

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