Friday, 21 June 2013

Local digitisation project is underway

In late 2012 the Mangere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board provided funding for a project to digitise the archival holdings of two local historical society collections. This included the Otahuhu Historical Society and the Mangere Historical Society which hold varied and interesting collections containing a wealth of local history interest. Both societies hold original archival manuscripts, letters, photographs, historical objects and scarce books, pamphlets and ephemera.

I have undertaken this digitisation project as part of the staff of the South Auckland Research Centre team. It has been a great way to spend time working in the community and to gain an insight into the history of Auckland.

eHive is a web based cataloguing system system on the Internet which gives small to medium sized cultural heritage organisations the opportunity to raise the profile of their holdings and share their collections with others. This enables researchers, specialist and general interest groups and individuals online access to a wide variety of collections. eHive was set up by Vernon Systems, a New Zealand company established in 1985 mainly specialising in museum collection management software. It is possible to post entries via eHive to other collections, for example, the NZ Museums online collection. 

 
Ref: Taniwha twin bar soap with packaging, Taniwha Products Limited, OHS OJ007
Contributors can catalogue their collections using an option from a range of screens specifically designed for all object types, such as social history objects, natural history objects, art and photographs. Digital images of the objects can also be uploaded and form part of the record.

Ref: Otahuhu Rovers Football (League) Club 1952 Intermediate Schoolboys Champions Banner, OHS OJ002
Organisations can set up their own profile page including background information about their collections and activities, opening hours and location. 

There are a wide range of organisations contributing to eHive including local and regional museums, specialist museums and trusts, historical societies, archives, art universities. Much of the material is posted from organisations in NZ, Australia and the UK. 

As mentioned in a previous blog post, there are images from both the Mangere and Otahuhu Historical Societies collections that can be viewed on Auckland Libraries Footprints database.

Author: Sharon Smith, South Auckland Research Centre 

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