The Community Archive (ex NRAM) site has recently come available and I thought it’d be a great opportunity to make the collection of photos of named flats available through a more accessible and more stable electronic environment. As The Community Archive is supported by Archives New Zealand so I’m confident the content will be safe and remain free to access whereas there are no long term guarantees with Flickr and Facebook groups/repositories.
One of the things I really like about it is that it uses both a controlled vocabulary for cataloguing items but also allows for members of the public to attach their own tags. It’s the best of both worlds. It’s wonderful that the value of community collections is being acknowledged with this initiative. I believe it’ll provide a rich and vibrant fodder for interesting research in the future.
Find out more about The Community Archive.
I’ve posted a comment to Penny Carnaby’s call out with reference to the Flat Names project and it’s inherent value and as a piece of “citizen-created content”.