The RICHES Mosaic Interface™ (RICHES MI), the interactive website and database of Central Florida’s history. The RICHES™ (Regional Initiative for Collecting the History, Experiences, and Stories) of Central Florida project has been in operation since Fall 2010.

The mission of RICHES MI is to to enable users to Search the database using natural language, tags, topics, and categories to maximize their search results; Analyze saved items using the innovative Bookbag tool, and apply the Connections feature to discover related historical items based on a RICHES-developed algorithm; Visualize through digital exhibits, timelines, map overlays, and visualizations.

RICHES is the umbrella organization that fosters interdisciplinary projects and develops community partnerships with the goal of collecting images, documents, video, oral histories and podcasts that tell the stories of the region. Materials developed by the independent projects, through class projects, and provided by historical societies, local archives and museums, and by individuals are added to the database of RICHES MI.

RICHES MI was developed using well known tools, including Google™ Maps and Omeka. As part of public history programming, the RICHES staff and project coordinators host community and academic workshops to familiarize the public the RICHES MI and to demonstrate the process for digitizing and uploading materials through the “Add Your Story” feature. RICHES MI contains over 4000 digital items for users to explore.

The RICHES Mosaic Interface™ (RICHES MI), serves four audiences, general users interested in the region; scholars conducting research in cultural, social, diversity, economic, political, and environmental history; urban planners seeking to understand regional development and; K-20 students studying a variety of topics ranging from art to economics and history.

Source Repositories & Contributing to the Repository
We have partnered with many museums, private collections, and historical societies from around Central Florida to upload primary sources to our database. The metadata is created or verified by professors in the History department at UCF. Some of our data is collected by students in class projects, or internships in which our students can receive a hands-on public history education. These students receive credit as the author of items or exhibits they create. Students and museums can easily contribute to our database using the “Add your Story” menu item on RICHES MI. The Contribution form will ask a series of questions about the item you are uploading in order to help us create the metadata. Metadata is information about the item that helps users find that item in the database.

After you upload your file, you will get an email asking for permission to make the information available on RICHES MI. The contribution process is fairly simple, but we will not make your item public until our metadata editor has verified the accuracy of the information, formatted the metadata by Dublin Core standards, and confirmed copyright protection. The metadata editor will add any additional metadata needed and possibly add some contextual information to the description. This process typically takes two weeks. We will contact you if we need additional information. Guidelines for metadata are available and scanning are available here.

For a complete list of our current source repositories look in the Source Repository drop down on the Text search tab on the RICHES MI. For a complete list of partners, please click here. Professors who want to use RICHES MI for their classroom can click here to find an Instructor’s Guide.

Funded in part by:


Hi Tech Corridor LIFE Florida Humanities Council Winter Park Health Foundation National Film Preservation CHDR