1. What is the Singapore Memory Project?
The Singapore Memory Project (SMP) is a national initiative started in 2011 to collect, preserve and provide access to stories, moments and memories related to Singapore, so as to tell the Singapore Story. These recollections will come from Singaporeans, organisations, and groups.
2. What is this Blog Pledging Initiative about?
It is part of our on-going memory collection drive. We would like to let blog owners like you to contribute without having to retype and submit the blog entries to our portal.
We are interested in blog entries and personal narratives about life and culture in Singapore. In this instance, your blog posts are in fact “memories”, albeit expressed in a specific format. Since many blog posts take the form of personal diaries and memoirs, we feel that this way of going about it would be a natural fit.
Simulation and Software Technology (S2T) Pte Ltd has been appointed by us to identify and invite bloggers to pledge their blogs to the project.
3. Why should I pledge my blog to the SMP?
By contributing to the project, you are affirming that every memory matters. Whether your posts are an account of your daily life, or an expression of your thoughts, the SMP hopes to find a home for your memories so that it can help build towards an understanding of Singapore. Last but not least, you will enjoy the traction provided by SMP with more visitors reading your blog.
4. What if I do not blog about heritage or nostalgia? Is the SMP still interested in my blog?
Yes, we are. “Memories” are not limited to heritage or nostalgia. If you are a Singaporean, we see your entire blog as your individual perspective as a citizen. As a citizen, you might blog about social issues of the day. Your posts might be on things that are of interest to you (e.g. technology). Or, it could be what you found enjoyable – food, movies, books, holidays. Your posts are memories in the making. If you are a non-Singaporean and your posts are mostly about Singapore, we also see them as valid Singapore memories too.
5. Who can pledge their blogs to SMP?
The pledging exercise is open to both citizens and non-citizens alike. Anyone who has visited Singapore, or has a memory about Singapore, can contribute.
6. Does pledging mean I transfer copyright of my blog content to SMP?
No, it does not. You retain the copyright to your content. By pledging your blog, you do agree to give us permission to use your posts for non-commercial purposes. We may feature your content – with attribution to you– within our newsletters, social media pages and within community presentations about the project.
7. What happens if there are blog entries that I do not own the rights to feature elsewhere?
By pledging your blog posts to SMP, you are affirming that you have the rights to feature them elsewhere. If you don’t own the rights to do so, those entries cannot be used for the Blog Pledging Initiative.
8. How are my pledged blog or entries shown on the SMP portal?
Your name will be listed on the Blog Contributors page, along with your blog title, number of posts and a thumbnail of your blog. Clicking on your name will bring visitors to your blog.
Your blog posts are not displayed on the SMP pages (You do not have to worry about duplicate blog content being shown on the SMP portal).
9. Will my pledged blog posts be edited or modified?
No. First, we will only be able to access blog posts that you have made public (we will certainly never be able to access private or locked posts). Second, we will not revise or edit any contributions that have been submitted or pledged. Contributions that contravene the stated Terms and Conditions are removed, but that said the we seek to be as open as possible. We ask that contributors adhere to the Terms & Conditions, and remain in true spirit of the project.
10. Do I need to do more after I pledge?
You do not need to do anything else in most cases. As you publish new posts, it will be incrementally added to the SMP counter. We will do so via counting your RSS feed.
You should contact us if your feed URL has been changed, or if you have a different blog name. We will update our pages accordingly.
11. OK, I wish to pledge my blog. What should I do?
Simply drop an email to email@example.com with your basic contact details, (Name, Contact, Blog URL, Email Address) blog contributor listing preference and whether you will like to vet the list of entries that will be pledged. Add “I wish to pledge my blog” in the subject line of the email. You are also required to agree to the Terms and Conditions.
The citizenship information allows us to determine whether your entire blog will be pledged. If you are a non-Singaporean, only entries related to Singapore will be considered.
As part of the SMP Terms and Conditions, you agree to give us permission to reuse and publicise your content for non-commercial purposes.
12. Can I not pledge and still allow SMP to consider my blog as part of the collected memories?
It would make things a lot easier for us! But no, we cannot consider your blogs as part of SMP without your pledge. We require your explicit permission and agreement for us to consider your blog as part of the collected memories.
13. Can I withdraw my memories?
Of course. To withdraw from the Blog Pledging Initiative, simply drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, addressed to Mrs Nur Azizah with the subject “Withdrawal from Blog Pledging Initiative”. No questions will be asked.
If it is a complete withdrawal from the blog pledging initiative, your name will be removed from the list of contributors. Withdrawal may take up to 2 months to reflect the change.
14. How long does it take to have my name listed as a contributor?
It may take up to 2 months.
15. Why does it take so long?
The 2 month period is a conservative estimate. As the volume of posts that are pledged can reach astronomical amounts on busy months, we can only do a consolidation at the end of the month. Typical users experience a 2-4 week waiting period, depending on their date of blog pledging.
16. How will my pledged memories be used by the SMP?
Your blog posts may be selected to be featured as stories, for National Day 2015, when Singapore turns 50. Your blog entries may also be included in our publicity and publications for non-commercial purposes.
17. Is there a badge that I can display on my blog?
Yes. If you so decide, you can display a badge on your blog. We will provide the instructions to download and display the badge. The badge is issued to recognize your support to the SMP.
18. Who can I contact should I have further questions?
You may email your questions to email@example.com, addressed to Mrs Nur Azizah.