I was looking at this blog, thanks to a referral from Make wealth history. The Wildlife gadgetman, made me think about various webcams and their place in local studies. This particularly relates to webscams in public places, recording what is happening in the environment. Over time this will track environmental changes, and well as different patterns of use. It will help record the environment. This could be an area to think about capturing for local studies. Maybe it is not possible to catch all of the recordings (and they would need good indexing to be useful), but it would help people studying the area in the future, if they could see some of what the webcams are showing.
You could be tracking eagles in the area (this one can show feeding of young if you look at it at the right time of day), or look at urban environments.