[open-heritage] Sharing history

Fae faenwp at gmail.com
Tue Apr 17 07:45:43 UTC 2012

Hi Jane,

How can I find what on your website is available for free reuse? If
everything is locked down under "© 2010 Share Our Past Ltd" or
non-commercial reuse, then it is unlikely to be useful for Wikipedia
or Wikimedia Commons as an open resource.

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM> provides an interesting benchmark.

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On 17 April 2012 08:32, jane smith <janekirkland at hotmail.co.uk> wrote:
> Before there were public collections in archives, libraries and museums,
> there were private collections. Even today you might be amazed at exactly
> what is still in homes, factories, offices, social groups etc.
> http://www.sharehistory.org was set up in the belief that if there was a
> place on the internet where history could be shared virtually, then we would
> know more. I have met many historians who don't understand what I am doing
> because they imagine that all history is already in public hands. They are
> so wrong!
> Some of this data is vulnerable to being thrown away, some is simply hidden
> from use because it is in someone's home. The contributors to Sharehistory
> add their family or local history and it is wonderfully varied. It goes from
> the contemporary to as far back as you like.
> Here is a taster of what I am  currently putting online
> -An estate's title deeds
> -The history of an agricultural show (all the history has been lost, it is
> down to private collections and memories.)
> -A local historian's archive (truly mind blowing)
> -The finds, over 30 years, of a metal detectorist, postcard, bottle and pot
> lid collector.
> -The archive of a japanner's family, including plates etc which a local
> museum wouldn't even look at. (Luckily the owner thought they were important
> enough to keep!)
> Help is needed in this important work in these areas.
> -Content. If you can only upload your own collection that would be
> excellent, if you could do more and find other collections near to where you
> live, that would be even better!
> -Marketing. If you can spread the word please and help in any way with
> online marketing
> -Organisation. How to save more of this history?
> -Web design.
> If you have any questions then please email me, Jane Smith, at
> janekirkland at hotmail.co.uk
> Best wishes,
> Jane
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