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Stories to Tell: The Making of Our Digital Nation

Thursday 22 April 2010
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Mosman Library  

Photo (detail) by Thomas Hawk (Flickr) CC BY-NC 2.0

A new type of digital volunteer is quietly adding to the sum of knowledge of our history and heritage on the web.

‘Ordinary Australians’ have helped correct millions of lines of text in the National Library of Australia’s Newspaper Digitisation Program. They have contributed thousands of photographs to our national digital picture collection and helped museums like the Powerhouse identify and locate the subjects of their historical images. They have transcribed birth, death and marriage records so that they are searchable on sites like the Ryerson Index and Family Search Index. They have made thousands of out of copyright books electronically available. They have told their own stories through local websites like Mosman Memories of your Street.

At this session, you will discover some of the most interesting projects in Australia. You may like to get involved or just learn about the resources available for your own research.

Free but bookings essential. Please call 9978 4090 or use our online form to secure a place.

Speaker Rose Holley

Rose has worked in the cultural heritage sector in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. She is a digital library specialist and has managed a number of significant collaborative digitisation projects over the last 10 years, including most recently the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program. She is Manager of the Trove discovery service at the National Library of Australia, and now focuses on delivery of content to users, with systems that enable public interaction and engagement with content.

Stories to tell… The Making of Our Nation

The 2010 National Trust Heritage Festival at Mosman Library, 9-24 April 2010

The theme of this year’s festival allows us to recognise the contributions local people have made in shaping their community. To this end a series of workshops have been devised – Stories to Tell – to facilitate the recording of ‘everyman’s life’.

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