I have been gearing up for our CCAN groups mass upload of pictures to History Pin and the big task of adding the hundreds more items- from, photos, scrapbooks, podcasts, memories etc. - to both CCAN and History Pin. Whilst doing this I thought I might as well sort out my own archives and my own thousands of photos - and it is a real task I can tell you! But it is proving good fun too, as I'm getting to see some great old archives and re-discovering some of my old pictures too. I have been using Google's Picasa to store my own family pics but have decided that as I have so many and many are from archaeology sites, history trips etc. I might as well share them online too. So to save my already packed website from getting too overloaded with family holiday pics ;) I have created a public web album on Picasa which I have generally listed by placename. You are more than welcome to check out my pics on there and add your comments - just bare in mind I have only just started and there are thousands more to come!!!
I now have a great deposit scheme for all our groups and Cambs Archives with the lovely Mr Chris Jakes at the Cambridgeshire Collection, where we now make monthly deposits of all our collected material :) If you have any memories of pictures etc. that you would like to be added to our CCAN groups or for me to help you with then please feel free to get in touch. Contact Me!
To Visit my Picasa web albums just follow this link:
Those clever people at History Pin have now created a You Tube page so that you can go and see the brilliant short advert for History Pin and you can also see 2 videos filmed on the day of the launch in the Faraday Theatre which I attended. The first film is great as it takes you step-by-step on how to use and add things to History Pin - so why not take a look and then have a go at adding some of your old photos or add a story?
The second film tells you all about how History Pin began and gives you more information about Google's relationship which We Are What We Do and the future of the project. Click here:
Amazing History Pin You Tube page
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.
Landscape Archaeologist, Local Historian & Mobile Makeup Artist