About Kete


The library is promoting digital storytelling to create a digital library of arts, cultural and heritage resources. Through a new software system called Kete, meaning basket, community groups and individuals are able to upload their real life stories and images to the web for future generations to enjoy.

You are invited to actively contribute and join the fun - to create a community knowledge basket of digital images, videos, sounds and documents. The Kete will be created by the community and moderated and maintained by the library.

We want you to get your personal papers and photographs out from under your beds and place them alongside our archival and historic photographic collections. Not only that, we want to capture the memories and stories that will become part of our heritage. We want a place where our artists can showcase their work, a place where we can celebrate who we are and how we live through photographs, video and audio footage and stories.

The Site works by enabling registered users to join this Kete community to contribute and share information about the arts, culture and history of Hamilton. Your use of this Kete website is subject to our Terms and Conditions and House Rules. Please make sure you read these, as well as our Privacy Policy.

The House Rules are to ensure everyone enjoys participating in this Kete. If you don't feel that you can abide by our House Rules and Terms and Conditions, then this Kete may not be for you; feel free to leave.

By registering to use Kete, you give your consent to the use of your data in accordance with the Privacy Policy. All content that you contribute to the Site is yours and you have all rights required to grant the licences set out above without Hamilton City Libraries or other user needing to obtain any further consents or permissions from or to pay any monies to any third person in respect of their use of such content.

Kete was developed with Ruby on Rails, utilizes Zebra z39.50 full text indexing engine developed by IndexData, is fully compatible with Koha, and will be released under a  GNU General Public License (GPL). The Kete software is available for download and we invite other communities to build their own Kete.

You can read more about Kete and what we're trying to do at http://blog.kete.net.nz