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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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Understanding Where In The Arts - Part Two Understanding Where In The Arts - Part Two Presentation Transcript

  • 11 October 2008
  • Philadelphia was one of the first major cities in America
  • The City Archives, which are maintained by the Department of Records
  • Contain approximately 2 million photographs chronicling the last 150 years of the city’s history
  • They document and illustrate the city’s growth and development…
  • How it was built…
  • And grew to be a bustling town.
  • They demonstrate the city’s history through glimpses into major events…
  • And everyday scenes…
  • Such as schools…
  • workplaces…
  • and homes.
  • Demonstrating in some instances just how much has changed…
  • and in others, how much, despite looking a little different…
  • Things are relatively the same.
  • And each of these images is intimately tied to a location
  • Providing a historical record not just of a time or an event but also of the place where it was taken.
  • These images, and the stories they tell, are the foundation up which PhillyHistory.org was developed.
  • Our story starts here, in the City Archives, where the image collection presented several challenges…
  • 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.
  • The second was PRESERVATION. The oldest negatives are combustible, and newer ones are prone to warping.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • • 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
  • The following slides demonstrate a user’s experience of PhillyHistory.org.
  • Input search criteria
  • Image Search Options – Metadata and Geography
  • Sort Search Results
  • Search Results – Image Details
  • Search Results – Image Details
  • Search Results – Image Options
  • Personal Collection – Favorite Photos
  • E-Commerce
  • Historic Maps
  • Historic Maps – Registry Maps
  • Historic Maps – Free Library Collection
  • Bookmarks RSS
  • Bookmarks
  • Bookmarks
  • RSS Feeds
  • Google Earth Integration
  • GoogleEarth
  • Mobile Edition
  • Mobile Edition
  • Mobile Edition
  • Editor
  • Editor
  • Editor
  • Editor
  • Error Reports
  • Administrator
  • System Stats
  • But this endeavor has faced challenges of its own…
  • Street names change… Challenges
  • So we prepared an index of past and present street names.
  • Some photos may seem a bit disturbing
  • So we created a blog to provide additional context.
  • All in all, the response has been tremendous.
  • “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
  • Over 2,500 registered users Over 50,000 site visits per month in 2008 Over $45,000 generated since 2007
  • But wait!!!!
  • That data is dirtier than we thought…
  • MuralFarm.org will roll out in January 2009
  • Future Plans • Integration with Pictopia.com • Zoomable Photos • Story Builder (for Tours and Presentations)
  • Questions Robert Cheetham, Avencia Incorporated cheetham@avencia.com 11 October 2008