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The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
The Hong Kong  Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan
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The Hong Kong Memory Project: A Collaborative Journey Into Hong Kong's History - Peter Sidorko and Y.C. Wan

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OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council Conference 2012, National Library of Malaysia, 3-4 September 2012.

OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council Conference 2012, National Library of Malaysia, 3-4 September 2012.

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  1. Peter E. Sidorko & Y.C. WanUniversity of Hong Kong Libraries 4 September 2012
  2.  Build a digital repository for the collection, conservation, presentation and dissemination of Hong Kong’s history, culture and heritage Collect from different sources materials in textual, graphic, audiovisual forms and present on the web to readers in an interactive and user-friendly way Provide free and open access to the general public, students, teachers, and scholars, in Hong Kong and other parts of the world
  3.  Hong Kong in brief Key Collaborators Background The Project Deliverables Tasks Ahead Feedback
  4.  Situated at the south-eastern tip of China A total area of 1,108 square kilometres, comprising Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsular and the New Territories A population of about 7.1 million, mainly ethnic Chinese A Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China The worlds most livable city, according to the Economist’s annual livability index, 2012
  5.  ‘A barren rock with hardly a house upon it’, some 170 years ago Ruled by the British for more than 150 years From a place of no particular importance to a financial, trading and business centre A city with many histories, each written for its age, with different audiences in mind and from different points of view
  6. Hong Kong Government Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre of Asian Studies &University of Hong Kong Libraries, The University of Hong Kong
  7.  Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the government department which provides leisure and cultural activities for the people of Hong Kong It operates the Hong Kong Public Libraries (76 libraries), Hong Kong Public Museum (18 museums), civic centres, parks, performing venues, etc. all over Hong Kong Education Bureau helps coordinate the School Memories Programme
  8.  One of the largest racing organizations in the world Operates on a not-for-profit business model whereby its surplus goes to charity Over the past decade, it has donated an average of US$128 million every year to charities and community projects
  9.  A research facility established in 1967 to promote interdisciplinary research on Asian topics within the University of Hong Kong Hong Kong Culture and Society programme was one of the Centre’s three flagship programmes CAS was incorporated by the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences on 1 July 2009
  10.  Established in 1912 to contribute to the teaching, learning, research and knowledge exchange pursuits of the University of Hong Kong Its collection of Hong Kong materials, particularly print ones, is the largest in Hong Kong Has been digitizing its contents since the mid-1990s (http://lib.hku.hk/database/) Partnered with CAS on a number of Hong Kong- related projects
  11. From a Government Initiative to a Collaborative Project
  12.  Project initiated by Dr Patrick Ho, former Secretary for Home Affairs of the Government, in 2002 Conceived as Hong Kong’s response to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme which calls for the preservation of valuable archive holdings and library collections all over the world through digitization to guard against collective amnesia LCSD was asked to take up the ‘Hong Kong Memory’ project in mid-2004
  13.  LCSD started the project by setting up a small project team Proceeded with a feasibility study; awarded the contract to a multinational hardware and software company after conducting a tendering exercise The company took up the IT part and commissioned a historian from CAS to look into content development
  14.  Feasibility study report accepted in 2005 by LCSD, which to our surprise, did not proceed with the project with government funding HKJC was asked to fund the Hong Kong Memory project instead HKJC was supportive to the funding request but insisted that content development of the project should carry more ‘weight’ Recommendations set forth in the feasibility study report were abandoned
  15.  In early 2006, CAS & HKUL proposed to HKJC taking up the project for 5 years: CAS handling contents and HKUL providing IT support In August 2006, HKJC approved funding of up to US$6.8 million to the project for the first 5 years (Nov 2006 to Oct 2011) At the same time, LSCD agreed taking up the project after the first 5 years In 2011, HKJC agreed funding the project for 2 more years (until Oct 2013) using the unspent balance of the 2006 allocation
  16. Six Years On
  17.  Project coordinators from CAS and HKUL are responsible for daily administration of the project; submit quarterly report to HKJC Hong Kong Memory Working Group advises on the project’s development Joint Meeting on the Hong Kong Memory Project, quarterly meetings coordinated by LCSD and attended by representatives from LCSD, HKJC, CAS and HKUL
  18.  Mostly full-time contract staff 13 full-time staff are now working on the project, most of them in content development Design work mostly outsourced High staff turnover
  19.  Guidelines for applicants to prepare funding proposal and budget 7 assessment criteria for all funding proposals, regardless of the amount of funding sought Funding evaluation and approval by a 6-member evaluation committee An external assessor is required for funding request exceeding US$25,000
  20.  A key concern of the Government Engaged a legal consultant to compile a set of copyright guidelines, based on copyright issues that may be encountered by the project License agreement that allows the transfer of copyrights from the University to the Government
  21.  Project staff as contributors Individual researchers contribute, compile and organize contents for the project with its funding support Institutions/individuals contribute as content owners; project staff compile and organize the contents for the project HKUL as a contributor
  22.  School Memory Programme, to promote the idea of ‘learning history by doing history’ to secondary school students, by providing them training in collecting, compiling, organizing and sharing school memories Our Digital Stories, to facilitate ordinary citizens to record and share their real life history through digital technology by providing a simple and user-friendly digital tool and training workshops
  23.  Developed by Beijing TRS Information Technology Limited Hardware solutions from IBM
  24. Other OptionalInformation Content Applications Retrieval Management System System e.g. Tagging, blog, forum Portal Administration System 25
  25.  12 production servers, 1 backup server and a testing and development server Support 500 concurrent users in the initial stage 99.9% availability 6T SAN storage Firewalls, with anti-virus, IPS and anti-spam
  26.  2 Usability tests of the mock-up website (created by the Greenstone software), conducted in 2009 in 2010 respectively The third usability test, conducted in 2011, was a trial run of the production website
  27.  Learning by doing Set up a company to host the website and transfer it to LCSD after the first 5 years? Receive government subvention to continue with the project after the first 5 years? Get LCSD involved in making major decisions? Involve in other Hong Kong history-related projects at the request of HKJC? Cope with changes over the past 6 years
  28. Hong Kong Memory(https://www.hkmemory.hk/)
  29.  The website acts as a depository of source materials in different formats. The 30 thematic collections are categorized by subject into 4 broad themes: (1) history and society, (2) geography and environment, (3) art and culture and (4) communication and media
  30. Local Festivals Around the Year
  31. Hong Kong Places
  32. Calendar Posters of Kwan Wai-nung
  33. Shaw Brothers’ Collection
  34.  Formed with materials selected from one or more collections and organized around a topic or a story An Adventure in Kowloon City During the Victorian Era
  35.  A digital oral history archive which collects the life experiences, perceptions and sentiments of Hong Kong individuals Interviewees come from different age groups, places of origin, ethnic backgrounds, social classes and occupations Interviews cover a wide range of subjects such as industry, education, community, housing, art and culture, and social life in Hong Kong under the Japanese occupation.
  36.  2 satellite websites: one for schools (School Memories) and the other for inter-generational activities (Our Digital Stories) Encourage members of the community to use its materials and to contribute to the project in various ways
  37. Next Year Will Be Crucial to the Project
  38.  Roll out the collections and exhibitions in 2 to 3 phases until the project is handed over to the government Work closely with HKJC and LCSD to publicize and promote the website Engage the collaborators to help promote the website Meet the government’s timeframe/requirements in handing over the web portal system Prepare and organize documentations of the project to facilitate handing over
  39.  Wrap up the project by completing the collections, exhibitions, etc. Further enhance the website in response to user comments in the remaining time Get LCSD staff prepared to take over the website and further develop its contents Manage the ‘feelings’ of our project staff “And Now, the End is Near …”
  40. The Website Has Yet to Go Public
  41. It took me several dollars to go to schoolI had already dressed up to go to the gamecentre to play Street FighterWhy did you call me urgently? Luring me toschool to spend time on historyWhy don’t we invite teachers and alumnito sit down and have a chat?Unveil the secrets of our schoolThe noble memories of our school willnot be lost for everDidn’t I love gaming? No more gaming forthe rest of my life?Now I spend time at home on the historywebpage until my PC is hungI forgot adding garlic whilst cooking, eatingbaked beans insteadI have my heart in history now
  42. Peter E. Sidorko (peters@hku.hk) Y.C. Wan (ycwan@hku.hk)

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