And then Rena struck the Astrolabe Reef, on 5th October , 2011. That literally opened up the flood gates . By 6th October first video was uploaded by hdactionvid. On Monday 10th Oct I finally set up a separate basket about the Grounding of Rena on the Tauranga memories Kete, to allow the community of Tauranga to upload some of the stories and tons of images that they taking. One of the contributors was a volunteer of the Oiled Wildlife Response [OWR] Unit, who has been recording his dairies about his heartening rescue attempts to save the Penguins and other sea birds devastated by the oil spill right from 7th of October. These items from our Kete got harvested and linked immediately with rest of the formal content that was being created through from News papers and TV, by Digital New Zealand, it created a absolute a goldmine of primary information. It gave an open forum for community to contribute – there are poems, personal memoirs
And heart rending Digital stories all generated spontaneously. Have a open form like kete helped us harvest this community content
Use every opportunity to talk to your community about your Kete. Get your Council’s ethnic coordinator or community group leaders involved. Enrol enthusiastic volunteers Keep track of your city/ town’s events through your local newspapers and contact the organisers. Get your museum and Council archives involved. Contact local hobby and art groups or PC and computer clubs. Many of the local artists will love to have a chance to display and publish their work. Get into partnership with your local/ regional newspaper. Talk to the History/ Media dept of your local University or Polytechnic.
Communities working collaboratively to preserve heritage in the age of the internet and mobile :: Smita Biswas, Tauranga City Libraries
Recording the memories of your communities Through the stories of its people, events and places In the Tauranga Memories project By Smita Biswas Collections and Information Manager Tauranga City Library
<ul><li>Tauranga Memories an online digital ‘knowledge basket’ set up as an independent Kete to capture the spirit of Tauranga and its communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Why did we choose Kete ? </li></ul><ul><li>Tried and tested, Web 2 features, easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Affordable as TCL was not part of APNK and could not afford a separate database to get valuable collection of over 6,000 historic Photographs of local places and people of Tauranga and Bay of Plenty online. </li></ul><ul><li>Community of Tauranga would be able to contribute rich local content </li></ul><ul><li>This project was done in house, at extremely low cost, without involving our council IT. </li></ul>
Recording community events Greek Dance 2007 Tauranga Multicultural Council event http://tauranga.kete.net.nz/tauranga_regional_multicultural_council_inc/video/show/1-greek-dance-tauranga-regional-multicultural-council-2007-event
History recorded live – a digital story from the site .
Marketing it to your community <ul><li>Google searchable </li></ul><ul><li>Free hosting , no limit on the size of content </li></ul><ul><li>Their content is protected by creative commons license </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use, no web or HTML skills required </li></ul><ul><li>Has the familiar web2 functionality of My Space or Face book </li></ul><ul><li>Archived permanently as part of New Zealand's Digital history </li></ul>
Staff resources/ training <ul><li>No marketing done after the initial publicity </li></ul><ul><li>Spreading word by mouth </li></ul><ul><li>No dedicated library staff ( considered part of other duties) </li></ul><ul><li>We provide an initial 1 hr training and support to set up the basket or page </li></ul><ul><li>Extra support provided if required, however most of our regularly contributors seem to be doing pretty well on their own </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers are coming forward to assist </li></ul>
Kete Hamilton have been contacted by an author wanting to use a Iraqi refugee story as a resource for his book Christchurch earthquake Kete is collecting and preserving Canterbury earthquake stories and pictures Tauranga Memories contributing valuable historical images and stories of BOP including documenting the Rena disaster These projects are on its way to becoming a useful source for historians in the future. Successes
Questions ?? Reference : “Biswas, S & McCormick, R : Reaching our communities Digitally through the Kete Hamilton project” – published in Library Life, Issue 339 — September 2009 http://www.lianza.org.nz/publications/library-life/pdfs/LL339Sep09.pdf [email_address]