Getting your stuff on the web


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  • Welcome Marj Kelly Technology person, web developer at MHS Have worked in technology for 15 plus years, 7 at MHS. If you have questions please ask them at any time
  • Getting your stuff on the web

    1. 1. Getting your stuff on the web
    2. 2. Getting your stuff on the web <ul><li>Digitization of your collections </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Great Rivers Network </li></ul><ul><li>MHS’s Newest Digitized Collections </li></ul><ul><li>What you can do now </li></ul>
    3. 3. Getting your stuff on the web <ul><li>Digitization of your collections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Convert images, text or sound to a digital form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scanning a photo or document </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Database of cemetery index </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make a copy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Preservation of original </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make it easier to access </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Getting your stuff on the web <ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>information sharing is 2-way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>second-generation of Internet-based services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>social networking sites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>wikis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>communication tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>folksonomies, tags </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Getting your stuff on the web <ul><li>Great Rivers Network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ With the support of the Bush Foundation, the Minnesota Historical Society proposes to become the digital content and service center for the cultural heritage of the Upper Midwest … To achieve this transformation, the Society requests a grant of $1 million, over the course of three years.” </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Getting your stuff on the web <ul><li>Goals of the Great Rivers Network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transform access to collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage the sharing of information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>within MHS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>with other institutions and organizations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>with our users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Become consultants for other organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digitization of collections </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Getting your stuff on the web
    8. 8. Part I: OUR STUFF Digital Resources at the Minnesota Historical Society <ul><li>Education/Exhibit Projects – consolidated resources in mediated capacity (ex. True North, Duluth Lynchings) </li></ul><ul><li>Open search engines – independent databases intended for open search (ex. Library catalog, Photo and Art database) </li></ul><ul><li>User-generated content – web environment where users can upload their own historic content and comments (ex. Placeography, MGG Share Your Story) </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Online catalog </li></ul><ul><li>Art and photo database </li></ul><ul><li>Birth and death records </li></ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul>MHS Digital Search Engines Existing Resources, Different Audiences
    10. 10. Great Rivers Network “ Google”izing the search for historic digital resources
    11. 11. Great Rivers Network Results are opened in their native interface <ul><li>A beta version is to be released soon </li></ul>
    12. 12. Education Tool: True North <ul><li>Prime example of collaborative project </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to and Different from Great Rivers Network </li></ul>
    13. 13. Aerial Photos Topographic Maps GIS Data Archival Maps Historic Images Minnesota’s digital map resources consolidated Census Data Education Tool: True North
    14. 14. ROAD MAPS : Minn.Dept of Transportation LAND USE MAPS Dept. of Natural Resources ETHNICITY MAPS PEOPLE MAPS MSP Public Library, MHS HISTORY MAPS MN Historical Society BACKGROUND MAPS Land Management Information Center Layered on top of the other… Education Tool: True North
    15. 15. With lesson plans and a single user-interface Education Tool: True North
    16. 16. Aerial Photographs Land Use, 1969, 2002 State Parks Ecological Provinces Shaded Relief Bedrock Geology Moraines Soil Fertility Epidemics Watersheds Well Depth Fur Trade Posts Wheat, 1879 and 2006 POW Camps Solar Power Potential Wild Rice Beds Mineral Resources Railroad, pre-1930 Streetcar Routes Bike Paths, 1899 Territorial Roads Swedish Ancestry Hispanic/Latino Population Percent Below Poverty Ojibwe Migration Grasshopper Plagues Average Commuting Time Annual Rainfall by Decade Education Tool: True North Example Maps
    17. 17. Geo-rectified Archival Maps Education Tool: True North
    18. 18. Integrated with GIS Spatial Data Education Tool: True North
    19. 19. Navigation/Search Tools Education Tool: True North
    20. 20. Edit Color and Transparency Education Tool: True North
    21. 21. Maps Linked to Historic Resources Education Tool: True North
    22. 22. User Generated Content: MGG Share Your Story First-person memories about Minnesota’s Greatest Generation Share Learn
    23. 23. My Minnesota
    24. 24. Flickr badge
    25. 25. User Generated Content: Placeography Place-oriented Wikipedia for public sharing and viewing Contribute Educate
    26. 26. User Generated Content: Placeography MHS-created Portals for your area
    27. 27. Part II: YOUR STUFF Getting your collections digitized and out there!
    28. 28. Difficulties Small museums and historical societies may face hurdles: <ul><li>Limited Staff/volunteer time </li></ul><ul><li>Limited technical knowledge/training </li></ul><ul><li>Limited funds </li></ul><ul><li>Uncertainty about the process </li></ul>
    29. 29. Review existing Content, Audience, Technical Capacity STEP 1
    30. 30. Ask Simply:To Digitize or Not to Digitize? STEP 2
    31. 31. Not Ready to Digitize? Consider other options… STEP 3-a <ul><li>You are not alone. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider partnering. For example, with MN Digital Library, Placeography, My Minnesota </li></ul><ul><li>This is the beginning, not the end. </li></ul>**See handout for more info
    32. 32. Digitizing? Select Content and Format STEP 3-b <ul><li>Posters, maps, photos, manuscripts, indexes, etc… </li></ul>
    33. 33. Clearly understand Audience and End Use STEP 4 <ul><li>For exhibit, download, research, sale, etc? </li></ul><ul><li>Pertinent to genealogists, students, researchers? </li></ul><ul><li>Consider search and ‘findability’ </li></ul>
    34. 34. Choose Content Management Software STEP 5 <ul><li>We recommend Past Perfect or Content DM </li></ul><ul><li>For future possible integration with GRN search </li></ul>**See handout for more info
    35. 35. Document your Collection STEP 6 <ul><li>Exciting AND important! </li></ul><ul><li>Why…?? </li></ul>
    36. 36. Metadata: how users find your content Example <ul><li>Black and White Photo </li></ul><ul><li>Black and White Photo of Horse drawn Carriage </li></ul><ul><li>Black and White Photo of Horse drawn Carriage, </li></ul><ul><li>1935 </li></ul><ul><li>Black and White Photo of Horse drawn Carriage, </li></ul><ul><li>1935, Stillwater, MN. </li></ul>T.W. Ingersoll in a horse drawn carriage, St. Paul Photograph Collection ca. 1895 Location no. HE2.2 p101 Children standing by a horse drawn carriage. Photographer: John Runk (1878-1964) Photograph Collection 5/8/1935 Location no. Runk 2606 Negative no. Runk2606 Decorated and horse-drawn carriage with riders, Stillwater. Photographer: John Runk (1878-1964) Photograph Collection 10/11/ 1935 Location no. Runk 1083
    37. 37. You can’t possibly do and see everything. Example Decorated and horse-drawn carriage with riders, Stillwater. Photographer: John Runk (1878-1964) Photograph Collection 10/11/ 1935 Location no. Runk 1083 Jacob Hoffman, shoddy miller and grandfather of Nancy Hoffman Lumberjack Days Parade Decoration Cobblestones, removed 1968 after big storm and flooding
    38. 38. The next step? Web 2.0 and Social tagging Example
    39. 39. The next step? Web 2.0 and Social tagging Example Stillwater Parade, 1935 Decorated and horse-drawn carriage with riders, Stillwater . Photographer: John Runk (1878-1964) Minnesota County Historical Society Photograph Collection 10/11/1935 Location no. Runk 1083 Jacob Hoffman Shoddy Miller Lumberjack Days Cobblestones Flag Pole Sitting on his Lap **See handout for more info
    40. 40. Until then, work to get your collections online Step 7 <ul><li>PastPerfect Plug-in </li></ul><ul><li>Content DM through MnDigital Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Omeka </li></ul><ul><li>Your own development </li></ul>
    41. 41. Getting your stuff on the web <ul><li>What to do now (a technology bent) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Start using Web 2.0 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    42. 42. Getting your stuff on the web <ul><li>Use some of the tools out there </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Placeography - a wiki about places </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Minnesota – share what makes it Minnesota </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr badges – share photos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> – create an account and start sharing tags </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participate in the MN Local History Blog </li></ul></ul>
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