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  • 1. Civil War Data 150 Jon Voss Freebase Meetup 4.14.10
  • 2. Give me feedback...
    • email:
    • [email_address]
    • www.twitter.com/LookBackMaps
    • Comments welcome, just use @ or #LookBackMaps on
    • Twitter or email me.
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      • www.lookbackmaps.net 
      • Started in 2008 as a Google MyMaps mashup
      • Based on the simple idea of creating community around local history.
      • Created to solve the problem of disparate archives with no geotags through community and crowdsourcing
  • 5. screenshots from LookBackMaps iPhone app, overlay photos from The Bancroft Library
  • 6. screenshots from LookBackMaps iPhone app, overlay photos from California Historical Society
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    • The more shared data we have, the more we can do with it! 
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    • By end of 2009, group of archivists and technologists start exploring collaborative efforts utilizing Linked Data to connect isolated archives and datasets in order to:
      • join data in a robust, scalable, community-maintained database
      • increase discovery of and traffic to the archives while adding value to the data through crowdsourcing
      • make the data searchable and available to other web applications via API and semantic web queries
  • 8. The Civil War Data 150 Project
    • Born out of conversations with AMMP participant, Archives of Michigan .
    • Finding ways to discover and connect across state and federal resources.
    • Build presentations that utilize the Linked Data in new ways.
  • 9. 1. Clean up existing records 2. Examine schema to see how things fit.
    • See a sample list of Michigan regiments:
    • http://www.freebase.com/view/base/americancivilwar/views/list_of_michigan_civil_war_units
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    • http://www.freebase.com/type/schema/military/military_unit?domain=%2Fmilitary
  • 10. http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/4166330219/ 3. Find images of soldiers, regiments, regimental flags, and battlefields to link into Freebase.
  • 11. Help out on the Freebase wiki
    • Identifying great sources, looking at issues with schema, etc.
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    • http://wiki.freebase.com/w/index.php/CWD150
  • 12. Give me feedback...
    • email:
    • [email_address]
    • www.twitter.com/LookBackMaps
    • Comments welcome, just use @ or #LookBackMaps on
    • Twitter or email me.