Top of the South Stories : Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Maui National Digital Forum 2009
Top of the South Stories : Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Maui   music credit:   Hirini Melbourne & Richard Nunns (‘ Te Kú Te Whé ...
Project   Goal The Prow aims to celebrate, preserve and make accessible the unique history, culture and stories of the Top...
How to get there?  <ul><li>Community consultation - engage project partners and stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Funding – D...
Features of The Prow website Resources for teachers Add a story Theme tabs Story of the day Interactive map Search box
DNZ Search (Partner institution) Creative commons licence
User-friendly Navigation Search facilities – basic/advanced
User-friendly Navigation Interactive maps Click on the map to find stories
The stories - how we identify stories to commission <ul><li>Community consultation – museums, stakeholders, etc. </li></ul...
Appo Hocton Links to Google maps or other web resources Brief overview of the contents Link to Aorere Gold story
Appo Hocton - Images Photos correctly referenced
Appo Hocton – Sources
Appo Hocton – Further Sources Link to WorldCat
Sources in Museums – archives, objects etc
Appo Hocton - Comments What a great story, what an adventurous youngster! Does anyone know where Appo was hailed from in C...
Adding a new story  is quick  and easy! Copy and paste your story here
Guidelines and technical help are available
Your Stories
Cooperation – the Prow as a repository or portal for local research Coming soon: Port Nelson’s journal (rePort) Nelson Cit...
What we have learned <ul><li>Essential: </li></ul><ul><li>Community involvement   </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with mus...
The Prow Future <ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded sound and video </li></ul><ul><li>GIS mapping </li></ul><ul><...
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A demonstration of the Prow website (http://www.theprow.org.nz), which aims to celebrate, preserve and make accessible the history, culture and stories of the top of the South Island of New Zealand - Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman. The site features commissioned stories, each with an extensive reference list - lists of and links to resources for further research - and images, locally sourced where possible. The site also allows people to add their own stories, or to comment on existing stories. The Prow is a collaborative venture between Nelson Public Libraries, Tasman and Marlborough District Libraries, The Nelson Provincial Museum and Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. The session will also cover some of the challenges faced in planning, developing and running the site.

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  • Introduce myself – Ales and Cliff. I am going to introduce and demonstrate the Prow website through a series of slides, and bring up the live site at the end, with time for questions. First of all – why the prow? [Music and sound – done for LIANZA 3M awards Captures why the site is called the Prow In the spirit of the site – of collaboration in revealing the riches of the region. Richard Nunns Mike Elkington]
  • Music and sound – done for LIANZA 3M awards Captures why the site is called the Prow In the spirit of the site – of collaboration in revealing the riches of the region. Richard Nunns Mike Elkington
  • This is the project goal For years library staff recognised need for one stop resource of local historical information . Regularly requests came to us for school projects, from genealogists and historians;information to satisfy those requests often scattered amongst many institutions, (locally and and nationally) resources or not available – increasingly available in digital form On a range of sites. Prow project was initiated to create a vessel for the region&apos;s history, culture and stories We wanted to utilise modern technology to deliver this resource to as wide audience as possible, and to make it part of New Zealand&apos;s digital heritage. very important to us that it was a collaboration between top of the south institutions and that it was resource for the whole community , one that they could contribute to and share.
  • The project is a partnership – project partners (plus collab. with other museums – eg Brayshaw) ; funding from Government digital Strategy Community Partnerships Fund and partners. Nelson Provincial Museum and Marlborough Museum have own digitisation projects, smaller ones do not – a way of linking to objects and manuscripts, providing context. Promoting smaller insitutions Funding Project set-up – tender and contract: local software developers, NZ software – silverstripe with customisation local writers researchers (Joy, Karen – and MITCHELLs) Project management – steering group from partners led by NPL The outcome - digital stories website, The Prow; nga korero o te tau ihu , launched in February 2009
  • Features important for us : Community contributions, but: Organised and authoritative Easy to navigate and browse in a structured way. We did not want a wiki – would we have the critical mass in the region; harder to manage as key users schools? Moderating We did not choose a kete – wanted a level of organisation by theme and story. Now over 100 stories – so how do you find what you want? The Theme Tabs for browsing Story of the day randomly selected each day – or can select something relevant (click on this to go to story) Interactive map
  • DNZ search widget - we are a partner institution Creative commons licence for content (apart from the images) Project Partners Features and news – newsletter, Prow Quiz – hundreds of entries
  • Search feature – using Silverstripe User friendly navigation with either basic keyword search or advanced search Search by keywords in the search box and it will pick up any words occurring in the stories or using the advanced search option you can search by theme and date, keyword and many other options Stories are also easily findable on Google – keyword search usually brings them near top of a result list.: Google analytics, most people do come in from search engines
  • Can expand the map to street level and click on the link to take you to that story
  • Lets look at the stories – mix now of commissioned and user generated Community consultation from the start - part of the process of getting support and funding for project. A lot of the initial feedback drove the development of the website and content. Nelson, marlb. &amp; Tasman Ongoing process – we still consult about which stories to commission
  • Now we will look at one of the stories. This one is about Appo Hocton, reputed to be New Zealand’s first Chinese immigrant. He jumped ship in Nelson in 1842. Note the Contents box which gives an overview of what the story contains. You can click on any of the items listed in the contents box and go straight to them. A lot of the place names mentioned in stories have hyperlinks to a Google map. Or a hyperlink may lead you to more information on that word (which may be a person, or topic e.g. click on the lure of gold hyperlink and it will take you to the Aorere Gold story. It may take you to another story within the Prow website or to another website e.g. Te Ara You can Click on image to enlarge
  • A note about images: mages have been sourced locally where possible. – all are fully referenced and copyright respected – each institution has own requirements. Have worked with Nelson Provincial Museum – have provided excellent support as one of the project partners. Good promotion of their images. Marlborough for Marlb. Images – and others, useful way of getting them digitises. Also – search range of digital images available Alexander Turnbull Library – Timeframes and new Maps&amp;Pictorial site, NZETC, auckland public library maps etc etc… Putting wealth of material in context. Wherever possible there is a hyperlink to the owning institution for ordering high resolution copies Plus photographs and images from the team and friends. or locally from museums or other sources.
  • All stories have been referenced with page numbers from the source – so that people can check particular points, or seek further information. We want the commissioned stories to be authoritative. Related stories – to give context, interlinking
  • Further Sources – with links to Worldcat so users can find where the nearest library to them which holds the item. Articles include magazine articles and links to19 th century newspapers via Paperpast where applicable so users can read the eyewitness accounts.
  • Other includes unpublished material from museums. Makes people aware of the wealth of material available in museums, and makes it easier for the museums as people can ask for the material by its correct collection title and number. Can point to digital alternatives. Web resources Again harvesting and bringing together digital resources - huge amount of material, DNZB, TE Ara, NA History Online etc etc Some stories have more resources than others (eg see maungatapu murders)
  • Readers can add comments to our stories These comments often expand or correct information which we have provided in the stories. Although the references used in our stories are from authoritative sources, some were published many years ago – often further research reveals new facts or descendants can add information which has not been published.. Comments do not go directly onto the web page but are vetted first to eliminate offensive language or prank entries . If you see something we have missed, want to correct, or just an associated information – add a comment, it is easy. No need to log on.
  • Your Stories Key part of the site was to encourage the community to participate and create a space for locally produced stories. Create a log on and add copy and paste story in – you can also add 2 pix.
  • Guidelines for writing – but we are flexible
  • What has been added
  • We have liaised with other locally produced publications for using some of their local history stories on our website. These sometimes need light editing (e.g. to fit into our 500 word criteria) and bibliographies, links and images are added. Collecting info hidden in PDF’s etc into one space The Nelson Mail and Marlborough Express have regularly published some of our stories which have given us publicity to a wider audience.
  • The Prow is increasingly been seen in the region as a valuable community resource. – single space. Fits into theme of the conference Good usage The number, and range of stories available has continued to grow and we have a further number waiting to be added to the site. The level of community participation is growing steadily both in the comments and reminiscences people are adding to specific stories and through contributing their own stories. Funding has been secured from local authorities which will not only ensure the ongoing maintenance of the site but will enable us to continue to develop The Prow. We have learnt a huge amount from the experience over the last 3 years. All of which puts us in good stead for planning for the future.
  • So for a quick glimpse into future – these are on the horizon As we have little time I’ll just give you some time to read through them Although I would say that oral histories is probably top of the list to do I think The Prow’s future is looking good, we have a committed and supportive group of Partners, a talented group of library staff and a resource that is fulfilling an important community need. Will now open up the live site, and you can ask if you want to look at anything more closely. ..or ask any questions.
  • Wanted: Clean, clear interface Easy navigation Identifiable as Top of the South (part of this is the name) Authoritative feel For browsing purposes, stories were divided into themes. We will look more closely at site features later, first we will look at one of the commissioned stories
  • Nicola Harwood - Prow Website

    1. 1. Top of the South Stories : Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Maui National Digital Forum 2009
    2. 2. Top of the South Stories : Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Maui music credit: Hirini Melbourne & Richard Nunns (‘ Te Kú Te Whé Remixed ’) voice credit: Mike Elkington
    3. 3. Project Goal The Prow aims to celebrate, preserve and make accessible the unique history, culture and stories of the Top of the South Island by creating a website of local digital stories that encompasses the anecdotes, stories and memories of our residents.
    4. 4. How to get there? <ul><li>Community consultation - engage project partners and stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Funding – Digital Strategy Community Partnership Fund and project partners </li></ul><ul><li>The work - contract local researchers/ writers; local web developers (using Silverstripe) </li></ul><ul><li>Project management Group (led by Nelson Public libraries) </li></ul><ul><li>Keys: </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing relationships beyond the library </li></ul>
    5. 5. Features of The Prow website Resources for teachers Add a story Theme tabs Story of the day Interactive map Search box
    6. 6. DNZ Search (Partner institution) Creative commons licence
    7. 7. User-friendly Navigation Search facilities – basic/advanced
    8. 8. User-friendly Navigation Interactive maps Click on the map to find stories
    9. 9. The stories - how we identify stories to commission <ul><li>Community consultation – museums, stakeholders, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Stories that we were repeatedly asked about in our libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Important stories – information hard to locate </li></ul><ul><li>What schools wanted </li></ul><ul><li>Good geographical and thematic coverage </li></ul>
    10. 10. Appo Hocton Links to Google maps or other web resources Brief overview of the contents Link to Aorere Gold story
    11. 11. Appo Hocton - Images Photos correctly referenced
    12. 12. Appo Hocton – Sources
    13. 13. Appo Hocton – Further Sources Link to WorldCat
    14. 14. Sources in Museums – archives, objects etc
    15. 15. Appo Hocton - Comments What a great story, what an adventurous youngster! Does anyone know where Appo was hailed from in China? I wonder it is at all possible for his descendants to trace where it all started. Posted by Douglas Lam, 15/08/2009 Readers can comment on stories
    16. 16. Adding a new story is quick and easy! Copy and paste your story here
    17. 17. Guidelines and technical help are available
    18. 18. Your Stories
    19. 19. Cooperation – the Prow as a repository or portal for local research Coming soon: Port Nelson’s journal (rePort) Nelson City Council heritage plaques Tasman District Council’s
    20. 20. What we have learned <ul><li>Essential: </li></ul><ul><li>Community involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with museums and researchers </li></ul><ul><li>The Stories have context; a link to digital and primary resources </li></ul><ul><li>The stories are authoritative </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance to schools/ the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion.. </li></ul>
    21. 21. The Prow Future <ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded sound and video </li></ul><ul><li>GIS mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Developing relationships with schools </li></ul><ul><li>Links to local digital content repositories </li></ul><ul><li>Oral histories </li></ul><ul><li>Support work to digitise local historical publications (eg NMHJ) </li></ul>
    22. 22. Questions?

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