Reflecting on 2013

UC CEISMIC Digital Content Analyst Lucy-Jane Walsh looks back on the past year and what the team has achieved.

With the third anniversary of the 22 February 2011 earthquake upon us, it seems fitting for UC CEISMIC to look back at what we have achieved in the last year.

The entrance to the new UC CEISMIC Programme office

With two years under our belt, the programme office has well and truly moved from the beginning stages of our operations to business as usual. Last year, we welcomed two new Digital Content Analysts, Alex King and Rosalee Jenkin, to our team, and moved into a permanent office in the History Building, alongside the College of Arts. The addition of new minds and space has really improved our efficiency, as well as our camaraderie. We are not only the UC CEISMIC programme, but the UC CEISMIC team.

Another exciting addition to the team was the recent arrival of a daughter for UC CEISMIC Programme Manager, Chris Thomson.  Congratulations, Chris, and we're looking forward to her first visit to the office.

In our new office

2013 was also a bumper year for content collection and ingestion, with over 26,000 new files added to the archive. Notable collections include: Photographs and magazine articles from the New Zealand Defence Force; Royal Commission Reports from the New Zealand Historic Places Trust; photographs, media releases and blog posts from the US Embassy; magazines from the UCSA's Canta; and interviews, photographs and maps from Dr Deirdre Hart's Coastal Quakes project. We also expanded the Fairfax Media collection, adding infographics from The Press as well as many photographs and newspapers.

Our Community Collection has also been expanded over the last year with the help of our intern, Jack Van Beynen. Jack worked with several community organisations to archive their newsletters, and helped describe images from a number of local photographs. Blog posts from the Christchurch Bloggers group are another exciting addition to this collection, and the Shaken Heart Project gave us a number of interviews from Lyttelton residents after the earthquakes.

2014 has got off to a great start with releases from Gap Filler and The Pledge, and we have a lot of exciting projects in the pipeline. Just like in the city, there is still plenty of work to do but we are excited to be part of the rebuild and optimistic about the future.


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