EmigrationWeb Norway
Welcome to the Emigration Web Norway - Numedal and Hallingdal
11. oktober 2000

We present here a PROJECT which aims to make the story of the Emigrants from Norway become more alive and accessible for us all by letting people work together over the Internett. 

This is our main concept:
Historians can never gather and analyse ALL the information about the Emigration from Norway - and present it to the public - ALONE!
When historians work, they have to concentrate on the main lines of this historic event and on only some of the individuals involved. They can never present the Emigration history of ALL individuals and ALL families.
Furthermore! The work of the historians have, up til today, involved only themselves and a few other people. In other words; The process of making our history - and in fact an importante part of our identity - have been limited to a small number of people.

This we are about to change! The Emigration Web Norway - Numedal and Hallingdal will be a new website - and in fact a new community - for people working together.
We will create  a community which:

  • wipes out the borders between professional historians and ordinary people
  • bridges the gap between generations
  • shortens the distance between Norway and the USA
  • gives us all the necessary tools for participation in the process of gathering, analysing and presenting information about the Emigration from Norway
  • insures that the youngest generation finds the tools and the motivation to maintain and even strengthen the ties between Norway and the USA.

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Creating the "Emigration Web Norway - Numedal and Hallingdal", is part of a major ICT-development program in our Region in Norway (ICT = Information and Communication Technology). This program is called the LiNK-program, which is short fore Local Information networks Numedal and Kongsberg. You can read more about LiNK (in Norwegian) on: http://prosjekter.numedal.net/link / .

We have on several occasions studied the evolving Network Economy here in the USA. We are working together with the Norwegian Trade Council and have participated every year in the Silicon Valley Dynamic-seminars in San Francisco. We are working together with The Norwegian School of Administration (Handelshøyskolen BI) developing knowledge on how to implement Network Economy in our Region in Norway. And last but not least: We are making new networks between organizations and individuals in our Region developing what we may call "Networks for the New Economy". These Networks are in fact not limited to our Region in Norway. We have successfully involved other regions, multinational companies and central Norwegian authorities. Now we like to invite you Americans to be part of our Network. Together we will have the knowledge and the means to make the Information and Communication Technology serve the people, create healthy business - and in this particular case: Make the history of the Norwegian emigration to the USA become even more alive than it is today. 

The Emigration Web Norway -Numedal and Hallingdal will have som unique qualities. This is due to our unique concept briefly presented above. More spesificly our concept is based on:

·        Both professional historians and ordinary people will work together in the process of gathering, analysing and presenting information from a variety of historical sources.

·        Together we will creating a more complete and knowledgeable historic interpretation and presentation of this importante event and the families and individuals involved.

·        By giving ordinary people the easy-to-use tools for publishing information, we will get hold of lots of information from letters and other material being kept by individuals and families -information which historians never would be able to get hold of by traditional means -at least no all of it or the best part of it.

·        We will engage students in the Schools of our Region (and hopefully students in American Schools) in this process of gathering, analysing and presenting information about the Emigration from Norway. Through teachers and Schoolmasters we will motivate the students to write the Emigration history of their own family. We will encourage them to cooperate with student in American Schools, thereby getting information about what happened after the Emigrants came to the USA.

·        We will encourage our students (and the American students) to interview their parents, grandparents and all older people, thereby gathering and preserving for the future a lot of information still being kept in the minds of older people - information often coming directly from people who experienced parts of this historical event.  Much of this information would otherwise be lost.

·        On the website we will create virtual rooms for groups and organizations ("Communities"), for instance "Young peoples place", the place for "Bygdelags and Societies", Collaboration projects and/or programs, the place for Genealogical Research and so on. Even families can make their own virtual room or working place for gathering, analysing and presenting their family´s Emigration history, for planning family-reunions and so on.

·        We will present "Sights, Attractions and Travel opportunities" both in Numedal and Hallingdal Region of Norway and in the Norwegian/Scandinavian areas in the USA (and facilitate collaboration between Travel agencies).  

·        The Website will list and present major events and activities both in Norway and in the USA, relevant to the Emigration history and our common goal of maintaining and  strengthening the ties between Norway and the USA.  

·        The Website will list other websites and archives (sources of historical and geneaological information, prequalified by our profesional Historians).

·        The website will contain multimedia presentations giving the users a much better view of places and events concerning their ancestors and the Emigration history.

·        The Website can also present webshops - making interesting and relevant products from Norway and the USA more easy to buy.

On the Emigration Web Norway you can already see some examples of what we want the website and this collaboration project to be. We will be very interested in your comments and suggestions. In particular we will like to here your suggestions and get in touch with people and organizations who will like to be a part of the project.

We welcome you to our booth/stand at the Norsk høstfest 2000 in Minot, North Dakota -  and as a participant or a partner in the further development of the Emigration Web Norway.

For further information, please contact the project manager Knut Morten Bjørnsrud (knut.morten.bjornsrud@numedalsnett.no) or LiNK-project manager Ivar J. Knai (ivar.knai@sensewave.com) .