Who we are and what we do
What is the Singapore Memory Project?
The Singapore Memory Project (SMP) is a national initiative started in 2011 to collect, preserve and provide access to Singapore's knowledge materials, so as to tell the Singapore Story.
It aims to build a national collection of content in diverse formats (including print, audio and video), to preserve them in digital form, and make them available for discovery and research.
Who is behind the SMP?
The Project is a whole-of-nation collaborative initiative led by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) and facilitated by the National Library Board, in partnership with other institutions such as local and overseas libraries, heritage agencies and research institutions. The Project is directed by a Steering Committee and managed by the project's Secretariat.
Is Singapore the first to do a project like this?
No. Memory-related initiatives have sprung up all over the world especially in recent years. However, the specific goals of such projects may differ.
One aim of SMP is to engage individuals, communities, groups or institutions who have formed memories and content about Singapore, and would like to contribute them. The project hopes to build a culture of remembering, which will nurture bonding and rootedness.
What does the SMP hope to achieve specifically?
With the help of individuals and community partners, we hope to:
- Get as many people as possible taking part in the history of their family, streets, country and world.
- Bring communities together around local history and help people feel closer to the place they live in.
- Get people from different generations talking more, sharing more and coming together more often.
- Converve and open up global archives for everyone to enjoy, learn from and improve.
Using the Site: How to Share and Discover Memories
What is SingaporeMemory.SG?
SingaporeMemory.SG is the online platform for SMP that will enable everyone who has experienced Singapore to discover, share and contribute their personal memories towards the growing body of all things Singapore.
How can I submit memories through the portal?
To submit a memory, the public can create a personal memory account by signing in via their existing Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Windows live ID, and National Library Board (NLB) digital library accounts.
For the convenience of users, there is no need for accounts to be created at the portal.
Users can create accounts at the services mentioned above, if they do not have existing ones.
Does that mean I can choose to login with more than one account?
Yes you can. But it may mean that your memories would appear under different accounts, even if the accounts show the same name.
Why should I share my memory?
By submitting your memories to the Singapore Memory Project, you are joining us in affirming a simple truth about our country: that every voice matters.
Whether these are old photographs filled in shoeboxes or an oral account from your grandparents, the Singapore Memory Project hopes to find a home for these vignettes of memory, where everyone can see it, hear it, add to it, discuss and use it to build up an understanding of Singapore.
Is the platform meant only for Singaporeans?
No. It is open to anyone who has a memory to share about Singapore. We recognize that visitors to Singapore also add fascinating historical tidbits on how Singapore once was. Their encounters with Singapore, from the transient to the enduring, contribute to a fuller understanding of our collective history and identity.
What is considered a "memory"?
Memories can be personal accounts that tell the Singapore Story, be it past or present memories; in physical or digital format. These may come in the form of photographs, letters, ephemeral, manuscripts, videos, or oral interviews. The stories can be as recent as something that happened a few minutes ago. What is present now, will serve as a past memory for future generations.
We’re aware that these accounts and recollections are by its very nature personal and possibly subjective, but do take note of some guidelines that we’ve put up here to ensure the best experience for everyone on the portal.
What if the actual date of the memory is unknown?
Just provide an estimated year for the memory, if you do not know the exact date of the memory or it is hard to pin down the exact date of the event.
Can I submit a photo without accompanying text? Is that still considered a memory?
Yes and yes. We hope that through this portal, information gaps can be addressed through the contributions of others. Over time, what the community collectively contributes should help enrich one other’s submissions.
May I submit a memory on behalf of another person?
Sure! The Add form in the portal has been designed with this situation in mind. You can include the person’s name in the “Whose memory is this?"field in the form, to add a memory on behalf of someone else.
How do I find the memories I’ve contributed when I come back to the site?
You can go to the Browse section (Browse Contributors) and look for your name.
If you are logged in to the SingaporeMemory.SG portal, you can click on your name at the top, right hand side of the portal. Or look under ‘ME’ in the navigation bar. This is located at the centre, right hand side of the portal.
Will my submission be moderated?
Contributions are published in the portal immediately. We aim to be as open as possible. The community of users may then help us by flagging inappropriate contributions. In addition, our site administrators will proactively review content to ensure contributions adhere to the Terms & Conditions, and remain in true spirit of the project.
How long will it take for my submission to be viewable?
For submissions with only photos and text, these will be immediately viewable. For submissions with video content, these videos will be viewable within 1-3 hours.
I have forgotten my password, how can I access the site again?
If you used a service like Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, and Windows to login to the portal, you have to activate the password recovery mechanism via the respective service provider.
If you used the NLB digital library account, you can contact the NLB Helpdesk (see the relevant section in the FAQ).
As the log-in mechanism for the portal leverages on third-party authentication, recovery of password will have to be obtained
from the platform from which you are logged in. Example, you have to go to the Facebook website to activate the password recovery mechanism,
if you chose Facebook as your login.
If I have my own blog with memories, do I need to resubmit every single story?
The portal currently doesn’t have 'import' functionalities to make automated submission possible, so the short answer is "yes", if you’d like to have all your prior blog posts shared with us. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
for us to help you.
How can I remove memories that I have submitted?
The portal does not allow deletion or editing of content that has already been submitted. Contributors can email their requests to: email@example.com
What are the accepted formats for attachments like photos and videos?
For contribution of images, the portal supports jpeg files (3Mb per image). For videos, the portal supports files in any of these formats: AVI, MP4 and WMV (20Mb per file).
Users can submit up to FIVE files per memory.
Which browser does the site work best in?
Chrome and Firefox are our preferred browsers at this moment.
Copyright and use of content
How will my content be credited on the portal?
Your submissions will always be credited by your username that you have chosen at the login stage.
When adding new content, you can may wish to add details in the description box, to include information of the photographer/cameraman/recorder, copyright license details, copyright holder and archive information etc.
Who owns the copyright to my submission?
You retain your IP rights. At the same time, by submitting to the portal, you grant the SMP the rights to reuse the content. Terms and Conditions are in place to protect your content from commercial use.
How will SMP use the content submitted to SingaporeMemory.SG portal?
We will only use it for non-commercial, and online promotional purposes. SMP may feature the content within their newsletters, via Facebook and Twitter identities and within community presentations.
SMP can remove inappropriate content, edit content by adding keywords and improve the accuracy of location and date information.
For more information on this, please refer to the Terms & Conditions.
How can I get involved more personally?
Interested individuals can consider developing their pursuits in any of the following tracks:
- Trainers/Mentors: A trained irememberSG volunteer with experiences as a writer/documenter & interviewer and have been contributing a significant number of articles and posts for the project. Required to recruit new batches of volunteers to be trained and will form their own mini workshop sessions where they will conduct training sessions on how to conduct interviews and document memories. Mentor the new recruits to ensure that they are comfortable at conducting future interviews and documentations independently.
- Research writers & interviewers: Required to travel, conduct interviews and write at their personal time and expenses. Memory Corps will be trained to conduct interviews and must have good writing skills. Preferably have a personal blog or blog/websites/writing columns (physical/electronic media) that they regularly contribute to, including social networking sites such as twitter & Facebook.
- Documenters: Can conduct own interviews and documentation of memories and possess technical expertise such as photography, videography, audio recording for oral history interviews. Preferably have a personal blog or blog/websites (physical/electronic media) that they regularly contribute to, including social networking sites such as twitter & Facebook.
- Translators/transcribers: When required, they will help to translate/transcribe articles/interviews so that interviews will be understood and remain accessible to a multi-racial Singapore.
Those interested to be part of the irememberSG Memory Corps has to sign up through https://vms.nlb.gov.sg.
We also offer a short structured internship with schools who are interested to train students in visual ethnography, and interview techniques. To find out more about these initiatives, contact us at iRememberSG@nlb.gov.sg
How can I bring the Singapore Memory Project to my community?
We have developed a basic set of memory starter kits as instructional materials for educators and students to bring to their classroom. We are also in touch with many town councils and community development councils to tap into the grassroots for community initiatives.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can bring the Singapore Memory Project to your classroom / community, contact us at iRememberSG@nlb.gov.sg