Great News – We are almost ready to upload our “Ossett and Gawthorpe Community Archive” onto our new system.
Would you like to help?
As you may have seen on our “About the Archive (and our projects)” page our new Internet based Archive system is progressing very well. It is being developed in two stages and the first one consists of:-
1. Designing a presentation compatible with our present Comma system.
2. Transferring the present archive into it.
3. Adding an input and editing system so new material can be added and necessary changes made to existing entries.
We are delighted to report that this is almost complete and a number of potential user groups are testing the system. We are finding minor snags which are being sorted out very quickly by the developer.
Hopefully the Ossett and Gawthorpe Archive will be uploaded very soon so that we can start to expand our collection of photos and add more reminiscences and hotspots to existing records. If you are interested in helping with this we would be delighted. Just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second part of the system, which has still to be developed, is the “User” functions that will give the public access to the full archive in its new form.
The system, which will be owned by the Buckley Society, will be offered on license to all former Comma Archive user groups and the only cost to them will be a share of the hosting costs and a few other minor expenses. It is expected that the total annual cost for each group will be very modest and will get cheaper the more groups that use the system. There are already three other groups in Wakefield and one just over the border in Leeds, who have shown an interest in using it. There are also quite a number of groups in the rest of England and Wales showing interest. We think our original hosting package will be capable of covering up to 20 users.
We would be pleased to receive any comments you may have.