In 2017 Gaia Resources was awarded a small grant as part of the TWiG (Testing Within Government) program within the Advance Queensland initiative. This allowed us to collaborate with Queensland State Archives (QSA) to develop a platform for visualising collection items and providing a way to explore collections using spatial and content relationships.
After the program concluded there were a number of iterations, design improvements, and customer testing rounds which led to the development of Q-Album, which went live with a soft launch in late 2019. Q-Album hosts over 500 historic collection items from the collection and has now been opened to community groups across Queensland to contribute their historic items to build a community resource.
The platform includes:
- comparisons between historic photos and modern street views,
- digitised archival materials,
- publishing workflows between community groups and QSA,
- mapping tools,
- tag-based taxonomies of content,
- organisational profiles, and
- cross-referencing to TROVE and other historic data sources.