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  1. 2. Outline <ul><li>OUTLINE </li></ul><ul><li>1. Introduction: the ArcheoNet project </li></ul><ul><li>2. what and why? </li></ul><ul><li>3. An open and dynamic approach </li></ul><ul><li>4. Heritage meets Web 2.0 meets civil society </li></ul><ul><li>5. Three years later: evaluating our strategy </li></ul><ul><li>6. Conclusions & food for thought </li></ul>
  2. 3. Outline <ul><li>THE ARCHEONET PROJECT </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>* first news portal about archaeology and heritage in Flanders </li></ul><ul><li>* website launched in February 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>* voluntary initiative: no funding, no institutional affiliation </li></ul><ul><li>* virtual meeting platform for archaeologists, heritage professionals and the public </li></ul><ul><li>* currently > 1000 unique visitors/day </li></ul>
  3. 4. Outline THE ARCHEONET PROJECT * archaeological news blog: articles, events, RSS feeds... * powered by the free Wordpress software * advantages: o interactivity and 'instant publishing' o 'collaborative authoring' o collaborators don't need any technical knowledge
  4. 5. Outline
  5. 6. Outline <ul><li>A FIRST SPIN-OFF </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>* launched in January 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>* integration of archaeological information with cartographical data and satellite imagery </li></ul><ul><li>* visitors able to zoom, click and drag in real time </li></ul><ul><li>* markers indicate the locations of the excavations </li></ul><ul><li>* info windows contain: </li></ul><ul><li>o a picture </li></ul><ul><li>o a summary of the results of the excavation </li></ul><ul><li>o a hyperlink to a more in-depth article </li></ul>
  6. 7. Outline <ul><li>ERF-GOED.BE </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>* aim = to make a similar website with photographs of protected heritage in Flanders (and Brussels) </li></ul><ul><li>* several reasons: </li></ul><ul><li>o available pictures often useless because of copyright restrictions </li></ul><ul><li>o quality of the available pictures often not good enough (small size / compressed) </li></ul><ul><li>o they do not always show the current situation ~ decay / restoration </li></ul><ul><li>o stimulate people to find interesting monuments and sites in their environment </li></ul>
  7. 8. Outline <ul><li>* problem: the list of protected heritage counts 10.000+ items </li></ul><ul><li>* not possible with Google Maps > need to adopt another approach </li></ul><ul><li>* use the possibility of 'geotagging' in Flickr: </li></ul>
  8. 9. Outline <ul><li>GEOTAGGING </li></ul><ul><li>* adding geographical metadata to all kinds of media (websites, RSS feeds, images...) </li></ul><ul><li>* usually as 'latitude' and 'longitude' coordinates, sometimes also 'altitude' or toponyms </li></ul><ul><li>* can help users to find a variety of location-specific information </li></ul><ul><li>* systems based on tags, or hardware tools (e.g. cameras with built-in GPS receivers) </li></ul>
  9. 10. Outline <ul><li>GEOTAGGING </li></ul><ul><li>* geographical coordinates can easily be retrieved through the use of an on-line 'geocoder' (e.g. ) or Google Earth (, or even dedicated webservices, such as CRAB </li></ul>
  10. 11. Outline <ul><li>ERF-GOED.BE </li></ul><ul><li>* the website was launched in May 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>* visitors are stimulated to send their best heritage pictures </li></ul><ul><li>* tags, coordinates, descriptions... are added </li></ul><ul><li>* all photographs are distributed with a Creative Commons license </li></ul><ul><li>* people can easily find the images they are looking for </li></ul>
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  12. 13. Outline <ul><li>THE (ORIGINAL) INTERFACE </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  13. 14. Outline <ul><li>THE NEW INTERFACE </li></ul><ul><li> (since October 2009) </li></ul>
  14. 15. Outline <ul><li>THE NEW INTERFACE </li></ul><ul><li> (since October 2009) </li></ul>
  15. 16. Outline <ul><li>THE NEW INTERFACE </li></ul><ul><li> (since October 2009) </li></ul>
  16. 17. Outline <ul><li>MASH-UP | SUMMARY </li></ul>
  17. 18. Outline
  18. 19. Outline <ul><li>&quot;Web 2.0 is an attitude not a technology&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;It’s about enabling and encouraging participation through open applications and services. By open I mean technically open with appropriate APIs but also, more importantly, socially open, with rights granted to use the content in new and exciting contexts.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>(Ian Davis, Internet Alchemy) </li></ul>
  19. 20. Outline <ul><li>COPYRIGHT OR COPYLEFT? </li></ul>
  20. 21. Outline <ul><li>CREATIVE COMMONS </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons + Flickr = 100 million shareable Photos (March 2009) </li></ul>
  21. 22. Outline <ul><li>AN OPEN APPROACH </li></ul>
  22. 23. Outline <ul><li>AN OPEN APPROACH </li></ul>
  23. 24. Outline <ul><li>AN OPEN APPROACH </li></ul>
  24. 25. Outline <ul><li>AN OPEN APPROACH </li></ul>
  25. 26. Outline <ul><li>A DYNAMIC APPROACH </li></ul><ul><li>In the project the digital image collection is considered as a dynamic entity: not only the result, but also the creation process, is important: </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Ik vind het heel tof dat mijn foto's gewaardeerd worden op de website. Ik ben zelf erg geinteresseerd in monumenten en het opzoeken en het nemen van foto's in de buurt doet me mijn omgeving met andere ogen bekijken...&quot; (J.V.) </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Ik vind het trouwens een leuke en ook voor mij zeer leerrijke kijk op de streek waar ik zo van hou. Daarvoor alleen ben ik blij hieraan te kunnen meewerken.&quot; (D.T.) </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Ik sta ook steeds versteld van de historische achtergrond van wat ik gefotografeerd heb. Prachtig om telkens het verhaal te lezen van de gebouwen. [...] Een neveneffect is dat mijn kinderen en vrouw overal rondkijken naar blauw-witte gevelplaatjes.&quot; (L.D.) </li></ul>
  26. 27. Outline <ul><li>A DYNAMIC APPROACH </li></ul>
  27. 28. Outline <ul><li>WEB 2.0 AS A TOOL FOR CIVIL SOCIETY </li></ul><ul><li>* several voluntary initiatives resulted in very valuable heritage resources (e.g. inventory of mills, inventory of world war relics) </li></ul><ul><li>* was initiated because a good (governmental) portal site with photographs of all listed heritage was lacking </li></ul><ul><li>* this fact was also recognized by the Flemish Heritage Institute: </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Grote hiaten in [onze] databank zijn het ontbrekende fotomateriaal, gebrek aan actuele adressen of kadasternummers en het ontbreken van tekstmateriaal. [...] Een private, interactieve website die aan het gebrek aan beeldmateriaal tegemoet tracht te komen, is; (Onderzoeksbalans, December 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>* Web 2.0 technologies were very suitable for this 'civil society' initiative </li></ul>
  28. 29. Outline <ul><li>WEB 2.0 AS A TOOL FOR CIVIL SOCIETY </li></ul><ul><li>* the official Inventory of Built Heritage in Flanders was improved and more (governmental) data became available online </li></ul>
  29. 30. Outline <ul><li>WEB 2.0 AS A TOOL FOR CIVIL SOCIETY </li></ul><ul><li>governmental and voluntary initiatives can be complementary! </li></ul>
  30. 31. Outline <ul><li>EVALUATING OUR STRATEGY </li></ul><ul><li>* > 6500 pictures are already available </li></ul><ul><li>* ca. 200 people contributed to the website </li></ul><ul><li>* the chosen approach met our expectations: </li></ul><ul><li>o no budget needed </li></ul><ul><li>o time-efficient: building the website only took a couple of days (nights) </li></ul><ul><li>o no technical background or programmning knowledge needed </li></ul><ul><li>o intuitive user interface, suitable for non-technical users </li></ul><ul><li>o the tools are constantly being improved by their developers </li></ul><ul><li>o the advantage of Flickr is that the service is well-known to the public </li></ul>
  31. 32. Outline <ul><li>SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT </li></ul><ul><li>* Web 2.0 applications have a large potential for the heritage sector (and certainly for civil society initiatives) </li></ul><ul><li>* an open and dynamic approach has important advantages (in many cases) </li></ul><ul><li>* focus on content, not on technology - it will change anyway </li></ul><ul><li>* put the content where the people are (<> trying to attract the people to your content) </li></ul><ul><li>* don't expect too much of user generated content </li></ul><ul><li>* one should keep in mind copyright issues and 'sustainability' </li></ul>
  32. 33. Outline <ul><li>THANKS </li></ul><ul><li>* Johan Claeys </li></ul><ul><li>* Annika Devroe </li></ul><ul><li>* Bart Lauwers </li></ul><ul><li>* Yves Schrever </li></ul><ul><li>* all contributors of </li></ul>
  33. 34. Outline <ul><li>CONTACT </li></ul><ul><li>Tijl Vereenooghe </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul>