ACCESS SPACE NETWORK LTD

ACCESS SPACE NETWORK LTD

Charity information

ACCESS SPACE NETWORK LTD

Access Space Network is a UK registered charity with the following objectives:

To advance the education of the public in information technology.

The relief of unemployment for the public benefit in such ways as may be thought fit, including assistance to find employment.

The advancement of the education of the general public by the promotion of the visual arts.

The organisation's principal activity in pursuit of these objects is running Access Space.

Access Space is the UK's first free media lab: a community space equipped with locally recycled computers and free, open-source software. It provides a framework, resources and support for self-directed learning, arts and creativity. Taking part is free, and anyone can walk in and contribute.

Participation empowers individuals and develops skills, community, creativity and resourcefulness. Access Space focusses on creative engagement, encouraging participants to move from being e-consumers to becoming digital producers. Access Space hosts more than 200 web domains (more than 17000 online documents) for its participants.

Access Space is open for walk-in participation 5 days per week, and also runs programmes of workshops, skill-sharing activities and inspirational exhibitions and digital arts events.

Being in continuous operation since April 2000 makes Access Space one of the longest running open access internet participation projects in the UK. We attribute the project's sustainability and effectiveness to its innovative model, combining free software and recycled computers with the collective intelligence of a skill-sharing community. The capital cost of the lab is next to nothing, upgrades are free, and the capacity of the lab to deliver skills increases with usage.

Recently Access Space Network has delivered support and advice to eight groups across the UK, and is developing consultancy and train-the-trainers packages to help other organisations to adopt key elements of the Access Space model.

Founded 2000

  • SOAP - SUPPORTED OPEN ACCESS PROGRAMME

    SOAP is the programme of public participation at Access Space. Access Space is open for 5 ... More