The Future of the Past Digital Libraries in the Age of Social Software
History : There Will Be More Of It <ul><li>More information being recorded </li></ul><ul><li>Ubiquitous photography </li><...
People Will Be Interested In It <ul><li>But not as passive consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Comments, conversation and stories ...
Commercial Sites <ul><li>CardCow   – Online postcard store, but note the tools and social features  </li></ul><ul><li>Fran...
Comments and Conversation <ul><li>Many sites, groups, forums for people to share memories, information and  </li></ul><ul>...
Flickr  <ul><li>“ Historical” Images :  </li></ul><ul><li>Edgemere  Diner   |  Swift’s Beach   </li></ul><ul><li>Groups : ...
Using Flickr <ul><li>Use Flickr as another way to share (with links to digital library or website) </li></ul><ul><li>Unive...
Contribution Projects <ul><li>Picture Australia  – Uses Flickr as a way to encourage sharing of images </li></ul><ul><li>B...
Map It <ul><li>Think geographically </li></ul><ul><li>Geocoding – Longitude and latitude </li></ul><ul><li>How about the a...
Google Earth <ul><li>3D Globe : Fly around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Download free program </li></ul><ul><li>Google Eart...
Ideas from Social Sites <ul><li>Make it easy for people to save and share </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarkable links </li></ul><...
Encourage Participation <ul><li>Encourage users to share their own photographs, home movies, memories, and more…even thoug...
Questions? <ul><li>Elizabeth Thomsen </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.noblenet.org/ethomsen/ </li></ul><ul><li>[email_ad...
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Future of the Past: DIgital Libraries in the Age of Social Software

  1. 1. The Future of the Past Digital Libraries in the Age of Social Software
  2. 2. History : There Will Be More Of It <ul><li>More information being recorded </li></ul><ul><li>Ubiquitous photography </li></ul><ul><li>More complex written record: e-mail, blogging, wikis, social networking, Twitter, IM, SMS, etc. </li></ul>
  3. 3. People Will Be Interested In It <ul><li>But not as passive consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Comments, conversation and stories </li></ul><ul><li>Contributions and crowdsourcing </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity through remixing and mash-ups </li></ul><ul><li>Say goodbye to “look but don’t touch” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Commercial Sites <ul><li>CardCow – Online postcard store, but note the tools and social features </li></ul><ul><li>Francis Frith – Local history publishers in the UK, many social features including shared memories </li></ul>
  5. 5. Comments and Conversation <ul><li>Many sites, groups, forums for people to share memories, information and </li></ul><ul><li>Gone But Not Forgotten – Worcester memories, sponsored by the local newspaper </li></ul><ul><li>Shorpy – “The 100 Year Old Photo Blog” </li></ul><ul><li>Includes member-contributed images </li></ul>
  6. 6. Flickr <ul><li>“ Historical” Images : </li></ul><ul><li>Edgemere Diner | Swift’s Beach </li></ul><ul><li>Groups : </li></ul><ul><li>North Shore | Diners | 100 Years Old </li></ul>
  7. 7. Using Flickr <ul><li>Use Flickr as another way to share (with links to digital library or website) </li></ul><ul><li>University of Delaware </li></ul><ul><li>Use Flickr as a way to invite contributions </li></ul><ul><li>Boston Swan Boats </li></ul>
  8. 8. Contribution Projects <ul><li>Picture Australia – Uses Flickr as a way to encourage sharing of images </li></ul><ul><li>BBC Memory Share – Project to collect movies of the past, oral history </li></ul>
  9. 9. Map It <ul><li>Think geographically </li></ul><ul><li>Geocoding – Longitude and latitude </li></ul><ul><li>How about the address? </li></ul><ul><li>New York City Photo Map – A Google map from Shorpy </li></ul><ul><li>Google Maps  Google Earth </li></ul>
  10. 10. Google Earth <ul><li>3D Globe : Fly around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Download free program </li></ul><ul><li>Google Earth Gallery – A collection of some of the best KML files </li></ul><ul><li>Phillis Wheatley -- Combines map data with images and text (by LuciaM) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Ideas from Social Sites <ul><li>Make it easy for people to save and share </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarkable links </li></ul><ul><li>Code for embedding images </li></ul><ul><li>Badges and other tools </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets, gadgets, plugins, apps </li></ul>
  12. 12. Encourage Participation <ul><li>Encourage users to share their own photographs, home movies, memories, and more…even though it means giving up some control </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage people to use your material and create new tools…even though it means giving up some control </li></ul>
  13. 13. Questions? <ul><li>Elizabeth Thomsen </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.noblenet.org/ethomsen/ </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
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