January 24, 2022

Cultural Heritage: “The Caribbean Memory Project Is Crowdsourcing Family Histories to Preserve the Region’s Cultural Heritage”

From Global Voices:

So you missed out on all those talks with your grandparents about what the good old days were like — or perhaps you’re curious about your family’s past and how you ended up in the Caribbean. Either way, it’s now possible to live vicariously through the stories of West Indian families (maybe even your own!) via the Caribbean’s first crowdsourced cultural heritage research platform, the Caribbean Memory Project (CMP).

Launched in 2014, this innovative initiative allows people to archive cultural, social and historical memories and is founded on the belief that it’s important for West Indians to be the storytellers of their own history. The sole purpose of the CMP is to serve as the missing link that Caribbean people need — a public database to collect and document family text and photo archives as well as lost and found materials, in order to showcase the lives and experiences of their ancestors. This digital tool can be used to spark inter-generational conversations and helps ensure that contemporary Caribbean communities understand where they came from.

Direct to Caribbean History Project Database

Learn More, Read the Complete Article (Interview with Project Leaders)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.