Friday, September 24, 2004

The Maine Memory Network, part 1

I want to call attention to this statewide project in Maine. The Maine Memory Network is a place where institutions can deposit digitized historic items for use by a broad range of people. The Network will help people digitize by teaching them needed skills, etc., and provides server space and maintenance for the collection. They welcome anyone (yes...even individuals) to add items to the collection.

From the text on the site, the project is a success. According to the site, "Approximately 130 organizations from every corner of the state have contributed more than 6,000 primary documents to the MMN."

From a user's point of view, the project allows people to save images in personal albums. Text can be added to those albums and slideshows created. In other words, users can use this project to create their own stories. That is a very powerful ability!

We'll look more at this project over the next couple of days....

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