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...
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 f...
The last was FUNDING. Addressing these challenges was
                   unlikely to be an inexpensive endeavor.




Certa...
PhillyHistory.org was designed to address these challenges.


                            Digitization




               ...
• Web-based
• Geographic search and management of digital assets
• E-Commerce Module (for sales of prints)
• Mobile Module...
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...
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
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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. 1. 11 October 2008
  2. 2. Philadelphia was one of the first major cities in America
  3. 3. The City Archives, which are maintained by the Department of Records
  4. 4. Contain approximately 2 million photographs chronicling the last 150 years of the city’s history
  5. 5. They document and illustrate the city’s growth and development…
  6. 6. How it was built…
  7. 7. And grew to be a bustling town.
  8. 8. They demonstrate the city’s history through glimpses into major events…
  9. 9. And everyday scenes…
  10. 10. Such as schools…
  11. 11. workplaces…
  12. 12. and homes.
  13. 13. Demonstrating in some instances just how much has changed…
  14. 14. and in others, how much, despite looking a little different…
  15. 15. Things are relatively the same.
  16. 16. And each of these images is intimately tied to a location
  17. 17. Providing a historical record not just of a time or an event but also of the place where it was taken.
  18. 18. These images, and the stories they tell, are the foundation up which PhillyHistory.org was developed.
  19. 19. Our story starts here, in the City Archives, where the image collection presented several challenges…
  20. 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. 21. The second was PRESERVATION. The oldest negatives are combustible, and newer ones are prone to warping.
  22. 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. 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. 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. 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. 26. The following slides demonstrate a user’s experience of PhillyHistory.org.
  27. 27. Input search criteria
  28. 28. Image Search Options – Metadata and Geography
  29. 29. Sort Search Results
  30. 30. Search Results – Image Details
  31. 31. Search Results – Image Details
  32. 32. Search Results – Image Options
  33. 33. Personal Collection – Favorite Photos
  34. 34. E-Commerce
  35. 35. Historic Maps
  36. 36. Historic Maps – Registry Maps
  37. 37. Historic Maps – Free Library Collection
  38. 38. Bookmarks RSS
  39. 39. Bookmarks
  40. 40. Bookmarks
  41. 41. RSS Feeds
  42. 42. Google Earth Integration
  43. 43. GoogleEarth
  44. 44. Mobile Edition
  45. 45. Mobile Edition
  46. 46. Mobile Edition
  47. 47. Editor
  48. 48. Editor
  49. 49. Editor
  50. 50. Editor
  51. 51. Error Reports
  52. 52. Administrator
  53. 53. System Stats
  54. 54. But this endeavor has faced challenges of its own…
  55. 55. Street names change… Challenges
  56. 56. So we prepared an index of past and present street names.
  57. 57. Some photos may seem a bit disturbing
  58. 58. So we created a blog to provide additional context.
  59. 59. All in all, the response has been tremendous.
  60. 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. 61. Over 2,500 registered users Over 50,000 site visits per month in 2008 Over $45,000 generated since 2007
  62. 62. But wait!!!!
  63. 63. That data is dirtier than we thought…
  64. 64. MuralFarm.org will roll out in January 2009
  65. 65. Future Plans • Integration with Pictopia.com • Zoomable Photos • Story Builder (for Tours and Presentations)
  66. 66. Questions Robert Cheetham, Avencia Incorporated cheetham@avencia.com 11 October 2008

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