Better TogetherA Multi-institutional Digital Commons for Balboa ParkThe Commons and Digital Humanities in MuseumsThe Gradu...
Balboa Park Commons ProjectTo create an online library of aggregateddigital collections representing the diversecultural o...
Balboa Park – A Geographic Collaboration
Balboa Park at Sunset
BPOC History & Mission• Founded in 2008 by the Legler Benbough  Foundation, now it’s own 501(3)C• Encourages strategic tec...
BPOC Initiatives•   Professional development/training•   Common website platform•   Digitization/collection access•   Mobi...
The Museums: San Diego Model Railroad Museum
Museum of Photographic Arts
Japanese Friendship Garden
San Diego Natural History Museum
San Diego Museum of Air and Space
Why a Commons?• Partners identified online collection access a  primary goal:  – Collections online  – Flickr/Flickr Commo...
Diversity of Collections: San Diego Museum of Natural History Library
Diversity of Collections: San Diego Museum of Air and Space Film Archive
Diversity of Collections: San Diego Museum of Art Collection Gallery
Diversity of Collections: World Beat Cultural Center
Building a Commons Infrastructure•   Rapid-Capture Digitization•   Common Collection Management Systems•   Data Standards•...
DigitizationThree rapid capture digitizationstations exist for photography, film,video and books.In the last three years o...
San Diego Air & Space Museum ArchivesMcDonnell Douglas HornetTop 10 - Flickr Commons
San Diego Junior TheatrePlaybooks
Collection AcquisitionMuseum of Photographic ArtsCurrently digitizing
Digitization and digital asset management• Approximately 250,000 images and video  digitized by BPOC for 22  museums, libr...
Infrastructure: Park-Wide Digital Asset Management System (DAMS)
Collecting & Coordinating Data•   Manual extraction of multiple datasets•   Cleanup!•   Identify breakpoints•   Clean some...
Piction as Coordination Engine
Balboa Park Commons CommunityCommunity – San Diego area teachers and students
Wireframes
Design Layer
1st Prototype
Current site in development
Benefits• Multiple collections and collection types  represented – ability to make new discoveries• Great for SEO – great ...
Limitations• Migrating data from different databases limits  the ability to bring in complex label or  description fields....
Take away…
Thank you!cdepaolo@bpoc.org    @tinabean
Benefits of Collaboration• Make technology affordable and accessible to  institutions of all sizes• Improve access so the ...
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  • strategic digital media projects collaborating with museum, university and corporate partners to implement cost-effective technology solutions into the museum space.
  • Convair was an America aircraft manufacturing company founded in the 1940’s that is now defunct. They maidrockets and spacecraft.
  • ros and cons--Views across collection, great SEO with the metadata--Compromise for shared data sets – complicated, has restrictions. Image presentation
  • The big take away I want to leave you with is that this is a model of a shared platform for access for institutions with very little resources to make their collections accessible to the community. It is a platform that can be shared and adapted for other uses. How can this model inform your practice? Is it applicable to your interests as a student? If you are a museum professional is this model relevant to your institution or the work you do. If you are an educator – how can this model help with teaching about digital humanities practice?
  • The Commons and Digital Humanities

    1. 1. Better TogetherA Multi-institutional Digital Commons for Balboa ParkThe Commons and Digital Humanities in MuseumsThe Graduate Center, City University of New YorkNovember 28, 2012Christina DePaoloDirector of Digital Media, Balboa Park Online Collaborativecdepaolo@bpoc.org@tinabean
    2. 2. Balboa Park Commons ProjectTo create an online library of aggregateddigital collections representing the diversecultural organization in the park.Toolset for San Diego area teachers
    3. 3. Balboa Park – A Geographic Collaboration
    4. 4. Balboa Park at Sunset
    5. 5. BPOC History & Mission• Founded in 2008 by the Legler Benbough Foundation, now it’s own 501(3)C• Encourages strategic technology collaboration between the Balboa Park cultural organizations• Execute a fundamental change in the way park organizations approach and use technology• Help address common technology problems by providing shared tools
    6. 6. BPOC Initiatives• Professional development/training• Common website platform• Digitization/collection access• Mobile Apps/gaming• Technical services
    7. 7. The Museums: San Diego Model Railroad Museum
    8. 8. Museum of Photographic Arts
    9. 9. Japanese Friendship Garden
    10. 10. San Diego Natural History Museum
    11. 11. San Diego Museum of Air and Space
    12. 12. Why a Commons?• Partners identified online collection access a primary goal: – Collections online – Flickr/Flickr Commons/YouTube – Within the Park – internal commons – Balboa Park Commons - aggregated collection portal
    13. 13. Diversity of Collections: San Diego Museum of Natural History Library
    14. 14. Diversity of Collections: San Diego Museum of Air and Space Film Archive
    15. 15. Diversity of Collections: San Diego Museum of Art Collection Gallery
    16. 16. Diversity of Collections: World Beat Cultural Center
    17. 17. Building a Commons Infrastructure• Rapid-Capture Digitization• Common Collection Management Systems• Data Standards• DAMS
    18. 18. DigitizationThree rapid capture digitizationstations exist for photography, film,video and books.In the last three years over 250,000photographs and videos have beendigitized.
    19. 19. San Diego Air & Space Museum ArchivesMcDonnell Douglas HornetTop 10 - Flickr Commons
    20. 20. San Diego Junior TheatrePlaybooks
    21. 21. Collection AcquisitionMuseum of Photographic ArtsCurrently digitizing
    22. 22. Digitization and digital asset management• Approximately 250,000 images and video digitized by BPOC for 22 museums, libraries, and archives over 3 years• 430,000 total assets on BPOC servers• Six different cataloging systems: EmbARK, PastPerfect, EOS, Specify, Excel, Arch ivist’s Toolkit• One digital asset management system for all
    23. 23. Infrastructure: Park-Wide Digital Asset Management System (DAMS)
    24. 24. Collecting & Coordinating Data• Manual extraction of multiple datasets• Cleanup!• Identify breakpoints• Clean some more• Crosswalk• Ingest (and pray)• Clean yet?• Have a beer
    25. 25. Piction as Coordination Engine
    26. 26. Balboa Park Commons CommunityCommunity – San Diego area teachers and students
    27. 27. Wireframes
    28. 28. Design Layer
    29. 29. 1st Prototype
    30. 30. Current site in development
    31. 31. Benefits• Multiple collections and collection types represented – ability to make new discoveries• Great for SEO – great data• Cross-collection searching is possible• Each organization can participate as much or as little as they want• Individual DAMS for internal asset management
    32. 32. Limitations• Migrating data from different databases limits the ability to bring in complex label or description fields.• Distribution of finding aids and links to item level records is complicated.• Adherence to specific standards is loose.• Very little content available to present context, rich story-telling.
    33. 33. Take away…
    34. 34. Thank you!cdepaolo@bpoc.org @tinabean
    35. 35. Benefits of Collaboration• Make technology affordable and accessible to institutions of all sizes• Improve access so the public can use the museum’s rich cultural assets• Increase cultural tourism• Enhance organizational capabilities

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