The Times of My Life project is not unique in its aim of preserving the memories of ordinary people. It calls to mind similar ventures such as last year's Email Britain project, whereby the email communications of normal people were forwarded directly to the British Library's archive for storage. Eyewitness to History is another example of a site performing a similar role to The Times of My Life.
It remains to be seen precisely how this type of service will differ from the plethora of 'personal-data-collecting' websites already in existence. Take YouTube for example. A cursory search under 'WW2' and 'memories' turns up a wealth of septugenarians recounting their war exploits.
This raises some questions:
- Will the Times of My Life incorporate multimedia materials like video?
- Will that material be original or will it source its content from pre-existing media such as YouTube?
Either way, the development of this site will be interesting to keep track of.