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|
|Ref: Otahuhu Rovers Football (League) Club 1952 Intermediate Schoolboys Champions Banner, OHS OJ002|
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