We had our CCAN (Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network) executive committee meeting yesterday and some really positive things came out of it. CCAN has made such a big difference in moving forwards the digital capture and recording of archives in the county and we are looking forward to some great new CCAN groups joining us over the next few months.
Our AGM is coming up to which all CCAN groups are invited to come along and if they wish, bring a display. The AGM will in the conference room of the Central Library Cambridge, which is on the third floor right next to the Cambridgeshire Collection and opposite the café. The AGM will start at 2pm, on Thursday 7th April 2011, and Chris Jakes from the Cambs Collection will be giving us a talk on archives – and you will get chance to network with other CCAN groups from across the county, catch up on CCAN news and show off some of the things your groups have been doing. Look forward to seeing you there!!!
If you would like to know more about how to get involved with CCAN just use the Contact Me form, leave your name and number and I will get back to you.
NEWS FLASH!!! NEWS FLASH!!!
I am pleased to announce that I am now working in co-ordination with We Are What We Do & Google on a fantastic new project called 'HISTORY PIN'. I am so pleased I have been one of the first people in Cambridgeshire to trial this project and have already added history photos and stories to Google Maps via HISTORY PIN. See below for the OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE!
I will be working with the project both as an individual and in co-operation with Cambridge Community Archives Network (CCAN). The official launch of the project is next week - I will keep you posted on how that goes, how you can be involved and how you can help record Cambridgeshire's past on this world wide platform :)
Social movement WE ARE WHAT WE DO has joined forces with Google to create Historypin – a digital time machine that creates a new way for the world to see and share history.
Using Google Maps and Streetview technology, Historypin aims to become the largest user-generated archive of the world’s historical images and stories. Its growth relies on archives and the public to dig out, upload and place their old photos onto the site. Uniquely, Historypin allows users to layer their old images onto modern Street View scenes, creating a series of windows into the past.
Working together to develop and deliver Historypin, WE ARE WHAT WE DO and Google have shared a commitment to digital inclusion and finding innovative ways of bringing generations together around online tools. As part of WE ARE WHAT WE DO’s current campaign to get different generations talking more, Historypin was conceived as a fun and easy way for old & young to come together to share their history.
WE ARE WHAT WE DO are inviting the archivist community to participate in growing Historypin. Contributers to date include Mirrorpix, London Transport Museum, London Metropolitan Archives, Cambridge Community Archives Network & many more.
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