The MemoryBank is a community built digital library of cultural and heritage resources for and about Central Otago, New Zealand.

The Site is about sharing content and therefore we have adopted the Creative Commons Licence to govern how material is used on the MemoryBank site. You should read the MemoryBank Terms and Conditions for further detail.

The MemoryBank's library contains items:

  • Images
  • Audio recordings
  • Video recordings
  • Documents
  • URLs of web resources

Items are uploaded to Kete by anybody with an internet connection, and in any common file format.

The digital library also contains:

  • Topics (articles on a subject, person, place, event or thing)
  • Discussion or comments

Topics are like collaboratively written encyclopedia articles. They are written online by anyone at all, and can be edited by other MemoryBank users. Wikipedia is a good example of collaboratively written material.

All Topics and Items can be 'flagged' to the attention of the MemoryBank administrators if you think it contains inappropriate material.

Eventually a search of the MemoryBank will also link to or draw resources from other on-line resources including:

In the interim you will need to search these databases individually by clicking on the links above.

There are many ways to use the MemoryBank:

  • Search or browse the collection
  • Register for RSS feeds of changes to items or topics
  • Comment and discuss items and topics
  • Tag existing items and topics with keyword search terms
  • Edit existing items and topics
  • Link existing items and topics together
  • Link existing topics together
  • Add new items of any format
  • Write new topics or articles on any subject you like

There is no need to register if you just want to look at the collection, but if you want to participate you will need to register. This is a very simple procedure and we collect only the bare minimum information about you. Our Privacy Policy explains why we collect what we do.

Before you get started you should also read our House Rules.