Call for public submissions for online ‘scrapbook’

Councillors Frank Ross and Richard Lewis at the launch of Edinburgh Collected
Councillors Frank Ross and Richard Lewis at the launch of Edinburgh Collected
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A NEW online “scrapbook” has been set up to store images of the Capital’s people and places from the past and present.

Edinburgh Collected, developed by the city council, aims to offer the opportunity for people to make their photographs part of the city’s heritage archive, by sharing their family, friends, city and holiday photos and personal memories.

All of the images will be openly available to be viewed online and shared through social media.

The project will make both historical and current pictures available – and they will be saved for future to expand existing collections held online and in libraries and museums.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s culture leader, said: “Edinburgh Collected is a unique way in which to see the city through a different view, through other people’s eyes, and the selections that have been uploaded so far are fantastic.

“Central Library already holds the largest public collection about Edinburgh in existence, and this new project is a modern way of perfectly complementing it.

“The Capital Coalition is committed to preserving the heritage of the city and ensuring that people continue to have access to a rich resource of quality material.”

Edinburgh Collected has been jointly funded by the city council and Nesta, an innovation charity whose mission is to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life.

Anyone interested in sharing their photos can take a look at the website – www.edinburgh
collected.org.

Councillor Frank Ross, Edinburgh’s digital champion, said: “Edinburgh Collected is an innovative way of creating history using technology.

“Nesta – through the Open Data Scotland project – gave us invaluable help in making this possible, and has been an ideal example of how using open data can really enhance the work that we do.”

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