Understanding Where In The Arts - Part Two

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GIS for arts outreach:
The walls of Philadelphia are covered in murals - more than 2,700 of them. To expose an even wider community to these beautiful resources, the Mural Arts Program developed a GIS-based website, enabling users to find information and photos of murals based on their location in the city.

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  • 1. 11 October 2008
  • 2. Philadelphia was one of the first major cities in America
  • 3. The City Archives, which are maintained by the Department of Records
  • 4. Contain approximately 2 million photographs chronicling the last 150 years of the city’s history
  • 5. They document and illustrate the city’s growth and development…
  • 6. How it was built…
  • 7. And grew to be a bustling town.
  • 8. They demonstrate the city’s history through glimpses into major events…
  • 9. And everyday scenes…
  • 10. Such as schools…
  • 11. workplaces…
  • 12. and homes.
  • 13. Demonstrating in some instances just how much has changed…
  • 14. and in others, how much, despite looking a little different…
  • 15. Things are relatively the same.
  • 16. And each of these images is intimately tied to a location
  • 17. Providing a historical record not just of a time or an event but also of the place where it was taken.
  • 18. These images, and the stories they tell, are the foundation up which PhillyHistory.org was developed.
  • 19. Our story starts here, in the City Archives, where the image collection presented several challenges…
  • 20. The first of which was ORGANIZATION. With images stored in boxes based on the city unit they represented (Streets, Schools, etc.), finding any particular image was a significant challenge.
  • 21. The second was PRESERVATION. The oldest negatives are combustible, and newer ones are prone to warping.
  • 22. The third was ACCESS. To access an image, a visitor would have to go to the archives and have a valid research reason for entrance. Approximately 100 people per year did this.
  • 23. The last was FUNDING. Addressing these challenges was unlikely to be an inexpensive endeavor. Certain images and/or photos on this page are the copyrighted property of 123RF Limited, its Contributors or Licensed Partners and are being used with permission under license. These images and/or photos may not be copied or downloaded without permission from 123RF Limited
  • 24. PhillyHistory.org was designed to address these challenges. Digitization Public Website E-Commerce Certain images and/or photos on this page are Location the copyrighted property of 123RF Limited, its Contributors or Licensed Partners and are being used with permission under license. These images and/or photos may not be copied or downloaded without permission from 123RF Limited
  • 25. • Web-based • Geographic search and management of digital assets • E-Commerce Module (for sales of prints) • Mobile Module (for search only) • Supports images, sound, video, documents • Audience • Libraries and Museums • Archives • Tourism Agencies (in particular Heritage Tourism) • Real Estate • Technology • A Web Map Server (ArcIMS, ArcGIS Server, UMN MapServer, GeoServer, GoogleMaps) • Windows Server • .Net Framework • MS SQL Server
  • 26. The following slides demonstrate a user’s experience of PhillyHistory.org.
  • 27. Input search criteria
  • 28. Image Search Options – Metadata and Geography
  • 29. Sort Search Results
  • 30. Search Results – Image Details
  • 31. Search Results – Image Details
  • 32. Search Results – Image Options
  • 33. Personal Collection – Favorite Photos
  • 34. E-Commerce
  • 35. Historic Maps
  • 36. Historic Maps – Registry Maps
  • 37. Historic Maps – Free Library Collection
  • 38. Bookmarks RSS
  • 39. Bookmarks
  • 40. Bookmarks
  • 41. RSS Feeds
  • 42. Google Earth Integration
  • 43. GoogleEarth
  • 44. Mobile Edition
  • 45. Mobile Edition
  • 46. Mobile Edition
  • 47. Editor
  • 48. Editor
  • 49. Editor
  • 50. Editor
  • 51. Error Reports
  • 52. Administrator
  • 53. System Stats
  • 54. But this endeavor has faced challenges of its own…
  • 55. Street names change… Challenges
  • 56. So we prepared an index of past and present street names.
  • 57. Some photos may seem a bit disturbing
  • 58. So we created a blog to provide additional context.
  • 59. All in all, the response has been tremendous.
  • 60. “I’ve become a PhillyHistory.org junkie … This is the best use of taxpayer money I’ve heard of in a long time. I’d even be willing pay more taxes, if it would speed up the image … ” Duane Swierczynski, CityPaper 2/28/2007
  • 61. Over 2,500 registered users Over 50,000 site visits per month in 2008 Over $45,000 generated since 2007
  • 62. But wait!!!!
  • 63. That data is dirtier than we thought…
  • 64. MuralFarm.org will roll out in January 2009
  • 65. Future Plans • Integration with Pictopia.com • Zoomable Photos • Story Builder (for Tours and Presentations)
  • 66. Questions Robert Cheetham, Avencia Incorporated cheetham@avencia.com 11 October 2008