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EuropeanaBot – using open data and open APIs to present digital collectionsElag mayr europeana_bot(1)

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Twitter bots are a relatively new means to present digital objects. They allow collections to “speak for themselves”, gain visibility in the Twittersphere and aid serendipity effects. Current …

Twitter bots are a relatively new means to present digital objects. They allow collections to “speak for themselves”, gain visibility in the Twittersphere and aid serendipity effects. Current examples are e.g. the bots of the Digital Public Library of America or of the National Library of Australia.

An relatively new TwitterBot is “EuropeanaBot”: a program to present images
from the collections of Europe’s leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums by using Europeana’s Application Programming Interface (API).

EuropeanaBot not only tweets hourly about a random digital object, it also
enriches them. By using open data collections (e.g. place names, a list of of
Nobel prize winners, . . . ) or open APIs (e.g. Wikipedia, current news items) it
enhances the simple query results and puts them into new – often surprising and entertaining – contexts. In addition a kind of “digital persona” has been created to make it easier for the EuropeanaBot to blend in with “Twitter culture” and simplify interaction with other users.

The talk introduces this project and also covers the data flow and the connections to the services that have been used. Additionally the impact and resonance of EuropeanaBot is analyzed and some possible future developments are discussed.

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  • 1. EuropeanaBot! using open data and open APIs to present digital collections Peter Mayr ELAG 2014, University of Bath
  • 2. "What has this gardening tool to do with computers?"
  • 3. Main Themes • Serendipity vs. (Boolean) Search • Collections as autonomous entities
  • 4. Serendipity An unsought, unintended, and/or unexpected, but fortunate, discovery and/or learning experience that happens by accident. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/serendipity
  • 5. search as gatekeeper
  • 6. "precious provider of unpredictability"
  • 7. "... an opportunity for archival interfaces which adopt rhetorical positions, ..."
  • 8. Conversations with Collections
  • 9. Talking Collections 1.0
  • 10. Talking Collections 2.0
  • 11. TwitterBots
  • 12. EuropeanaBot • based on Europeana API • inspired by @DPLAbot • since July 2013 • approx. 7000 Tweets • open source
  • 13. Using Open Data/APIs • place names • list of Nobel Prize winners • Wikipedia API • Guardian API • Wordnik API
  • 14. "Digital Persona" • likes "MC Hammer" • and unicorns • posts cat pictures • dislikes Monday mornings • participates in #FollowFriday
  • 15. Reactions
  • 16. Reactions
  • 17. Statistics • 58 follower • ∅ 16 hits/URL • up to 120 hits • retweets, favorites
  • 18. Similar Projects
  • 19. @ddbKatzen & "Hr. Kratochwil"
  • 20. @HistoricalCats & @TroveNewsBot
  • 21. The Mechanical Curator
  • 22. Eyes on the past
  • 23. Conclusion
  • 24. We hide great objects behind search forms
  • 25. Let our collections speak for themselves!
  • 26. People out there will listen
  • 27. More Information: • http://twitter.com/europeanabot! • https://github.com/hatorikibble/twitter- europeanabot • https://hatorikibble.wordpress.com • http://twitter.com/hatorikibble
  • 28. Projects mentioned: • ddbKatzen: http://twitter.com/ddbkatzen • Herr Kratochwil schaut nach: 
 http://herrkratochwilschautnach.wordpress.com • Historical Cats: https://twitter.com/historicalcats • TroveNewsBot: https://twitter.com/TroveNewsBot • The Mechanical Curator: 
 http://mechanicalcurator.tumblr.com • Eyes on the past: http://eyespast.herokuapp.com
  • 29. Image Credits I • Flickr: The Commons • Slide 6: https://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw/7173836598 • Slide 7: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmediamuseum/ 2781207528 • Slide 9: https://www.flickr.com/photos/27591534@N02/3543593733 • Slide 18: https://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/ 2178441383 • Slide 25: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/ 5505933145 • Slide 26: https://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/4405670187
  • 30. Bildnachweise II • Europeana: • Slide 2: http://www.europeana.eu/portal/record/ 08547/4081DA2C70DA6DBB55D648BC8D665 51E689C537F.html • Misc.: • Slide 11: http://www.botanicalls.com/press/ press-inquiries/
  • 31. Text Credits • Slide 3, translation of: von Schirach, Adriane: "Das goldene Glück bringt nur der Zufall". In: Die Welt (2010) http://www.welt.de/vermischtes/ article6001201/Das-goldene-Glueck-bringt-nur- der-Zufall.html • Slide 7: Schofield, Tom: "Ambigous Interfaces" (2014) http://www.fh-potsdam.de/ informieren/fhp-kalender/termindetails/events/ ambiguous-interfaces/

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