Topic: Adopt an Anzac : protecting the integrity of Topics

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The Adopt an Anzac project involved a small group of individuals accepting a challenge laid down last Anzac Day, by former Levin Mayor Sonny Sciascia. He challenged the community to go and put faces to the names of the fallen servicemen listed on the War Memorials throughout our District. Well we did it. Nearly 300 men have been brought to life for a new generation of Kiwis. Military histories have been retrieved, relatives were tracked down and dossiers compiled on each one. An exhibition was held in Levin to 'gift' the work to the town. Staff from Levin Library were there too, showcasing Kete Horowhenua. The Adopt an Anzac project has been published in Kete Horowhenua. Each War Memorial in the town is a Topic, and each soldier is a Topic too, linked to photographs and documents about that soldier. The Soldier's topic page lists factual information for a couple of dozen fields, but also allows free text. Linkages have been made throughout, connecting soldiers to memorials, memorials to the project, and also to other photographs in Kete drawn from the community and the historical collections used to seed Kete. The unique thing about the Adopt an Anzac collection on Kete, is that we made it a sub-Kete, meaning that while anyone can add linked material to the Topics (ie more photos or archives) only authorised persons can edit the Topics themselves. We chose to do this because all the information entered on the Topic pages has historical integrity having been thoroughly researched and drawn from primary resource material. Kete users can contact the administrators of this sub-Kete in the usual ways: adding a discussion comment, or sending an email, and the administartor/s can edit or add information as they see fit.

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