AddressingHistory - Crowdsourcing historical data and maps

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Presenter: Stuart Macdonald

Presentation first given at Open Knowledge Scotland event at Inspace in Edinburgh, 13 May 2010.

EDINA project to create an online crowdsourcing tool which will combine data from digitised Scottish Post Office Directories (PODs) with contemporaneous historical maps

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  • UK Digitisation programme School of History, Classics and Archaeology Edinburgh City libraries
  • 20,000 historical maps of Scotland, 500 of Edinburgh and its environs Images, OCR text
  • In the background the tool will facilitate the addition of the georeference to the OCR’d POD held in XML format in a database structure
  • Search for address, surname, specific spatial area via bounding box, occupation
  • We need the power of the crowd to ensure that the tool and sundry utilities reach their full potential

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  • 1. Stuart Macdonald AddressingHistory Project Manager EDINA & Data Library University of Edinburgh http://edina.ac.uk/projects/addressinghistory_summary.html
  • 2.
    • JISC-funded Community Content project
    • 6 months (April 2010 – September 2010)
    • Partner with NLS
    • Advisory Board
    CC image courtesy of Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/karenhorton/3970883720/
  • 3.
    • To create an online crowdsourcing tool which will combine data from digitised Scottish Post Office Directories (PODs) with contemporaneous historical maps
    CC image courtesy of Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/karenhorton/4418947864/
  • 4.
    • Project will focus on 3 volumes of PODs: 1784-5; 1865; 1905-6)
    • Historic maps georeferenced by NLS
    • PODs digitised by NLS in conjunction with the Internet Archive
    • Public domain
    CC image courtesy of Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/karenhorton/4477409137/
  • 5. CC image courtesy of Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/karenhorton/4463849542/in/set-72157613482977550 / /
    • Tool will allow ‘the crowd’ to georeference POD entries by ‘clicking’
    • on a digitised map facilitating the addition of a grid reference to the OCR’d POD held in XML format in a database structure
    • Sympathetic to tools
    • developed by related projects
    • incl. VUG, Edinburgh town atlas
    • Tool built using open standards for
    • interoperability with potential hosting
    • infrastructures e.g NLS
  • 6.
    • Potential for linking with other spatially referenced resources e.g census
    • Scoping mass geo-coding of PODs using OS Codepoint, Yahoo and Google geocoding services
    • Also build APIs to exploit the
    • value-added content
    • Explore exposing content to LOD via RDF triples
    CC images courtesy of Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/86624586@N00/10191871/
  • 7.
    • Interface has to be easy-to-use for a range of users
    • Robust and scalable to accommodate 400 Scottish PODs currently being digitised
    CC image courtesy of Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/10413717@N08/2718212938/
    • Mechanism to check
    • user-generated content
    • such as georeferences,
    • tags/annotations
    • Possible crowdsourcing
    • of mass geo-coded content
  • 8.
    • Edinburgh Beltane – beacon of partnership & CHSS Knowledge Transfer office
    • Amplification of tool and APIs via Social Media Channels
    • Open knowledge evangelists – spread the gospel according to AddressingHistory!
    CC image courtesy of Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/karenhorton/4006519613//
  • 9.
    • THANKING YOU!
    • Acknowledgements:
    • JISC - http://www.jisc.ac.uk/
    • National Library of Scotland - http://www.nls.uk/
    • Visualising Urban Geographies (VUG)
    • project – http://geo.nls.uk/urbhist/
    • Edinburgh City Libraries –
    • http:// www.edinburgh.gov.uk/libraries/