VANOC launches digital scrapbook

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Vancouver 2010 has launched 'Canada CODE', a grassroots digital collaboration of text and photos by Canadians about their daily lives.

Photos of a cyclist as an urban warrior struggling through snowy city streets on the first day of spring, a young mother hanging laundry on the line to dry or maybe a haiku glorifying a fiery autumn landscape–all could contribute to a constantly morphing online portrait of contemporary Canada created by Canadians for the entire world to see. It is called Canada CODE and is part of the Vancouver 2010 Games Cultural Olympiad. It's a first for Canada and the Olympic Games and submissions are welcome at www. vancouver2010. com/code. Canada CODE, a grassroots digital collaboration of text and photos by Canadians about their daily lives is the first project of a larger programme called CODE (Cultural Olympiad's digital edition). The Cultural Olympiad began in 2008 and is a three–year series of multidisciplinary festivals of arts, popular culture and digital programmes, presented by Bell. Bell has been instrumental in facilitating the involvement of leading industry partners and BC–based companies in CODE and, as the exclusive Telecommunications Partner to the 2010 Winter Games, Bell is helping to connect all Canadians to Canada CODE. In addition to support from Bell, Canada CODE is also connecting with Canadians through the assistance of the National Film Board of Canada, a major collaborator on the project through its network of studios and partner associations. Anyone–young or old–with access to the internet and a desire to connect can create, explore or contribute to Canada CODE. Submissions will be moderated and uploaded within 48 hours. The contributor's user name, as well as their location, will be tagged to their creative work and can be seen whenever a visitor to the site clicks on their submission. A selection of the best Canada CODE content will be showcased on public screens in Vancouver and Whistler for the thousands of spectators and athletes visiting during the Games whilst the project in its entirety will continue to exist online in perpetuity as an archive of the country in 2010. "This eclectic collection of words and photos submitted by anyone who wants to share is meant to reflect the stuff that we as Canadians are made of. It's who we are. It's the things we do every day. It's the words we use to describe our selves and our communities, " explained Burke Taylor, VANOC vice–president, culture and celebrations. "The Canada CODE will reach into all parts of the country to truly make these Canada's Games through the power of Canadians' imagination and the Internet. "Meanwhile, Tickets to the Paralympic Winter Games, which VANOC claims are "affordably priced" for families and groups, go on sale to Canadian residents on Wednesday, 6 May at 10am local time at www. vancouver2010. com.

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