Wednesday 30 November 2011

PictureSG: Online photo album to help public learn about Singapore

By Vimita Mohandas, Channel NewsAsia, 28 Nov 2011 

An online collection of images to help Singaporeans discover, learn and share about the country's social history and development has been launched.

With PictureSG, the public can now share their images, include a description and even tag their friends, so that others can understand the photograph or artwork.

The site contains the National Library's own pictures as well as images donated to the library by donors and partners.

The initiative complements the irememberSG project.

Launched earlier this year, the project aims to collect from Singaporeans five million memories about their country, by 2015.

So far, the number of contributions has swelled from 30,000 to about 220,000 in just three months.

Speaking at the event, Information, Communications and the Arts Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim also thanked the support of partners and some 100 volunteers called Memory Corps, who made this project possible.

Dr Yaacob said: "Today's event shows that we care about everything that affirms our identity in Singapore - that we want to do our part to recollect for posterity (of) what we remember. These efforts will draw us closer together as a nation and leave a legacy for future generations."

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