Powerhouse Museum Collection Download Talk V2.0


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This is a talk I have given at a few places like Open Australia HackFest which introduces hackers to the public download of the Museum's collection data we made available for mash-ups and the like via Creative Commons....

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  • Powerhouse Museum Collection Download Talk V2.0

    1. 1. Using the Powerhouse Museum Collection Data Luke Dearnley v2.0
    2. 2. Hello • I am Luke Dearnley • I work at www.powerhousemuseum.com
    3. 3. as a NERD! (i.e. developer)
    4. 4. Why am I here? • To give you our data! (We are a data provider) • We offer one of few ‘cultural’ datasets • And to explain what is in it • And suggest how you might use it
    5. 5. What is our data about? • To answer that we need to ask ‘What do museums do?’ • Collect (significant) objects • Research them (and much more)
    6. 6. What do WE do? • Unique and diverse collection spanning: • history, science, technology, design • industry, decorative arts, music • transport and space exploration
    7. 7. Other stuff
    8. 8. So, we are different... • We don’t have dinosaur skeletons • or animal/insect specimens etc • i.e. no natural sciences collection • so... what DO we have??
    9. 9. How does this help you? • rich, well described collection • but, only ever 5% on display • so we decided to put it ONLINE • this means all the data is in a DIGITAL form
    10. 10. Collection - Online • online: we have much more ‘on display’ • generally the uncatalogued not on display • www.powerhousemuseum.com/ collection/database/ • it looks like this....
    11. 11. Download metadata • We have made the metadata available for all online objects • over 73,500 objects • 9MB zip file • expands to a 50+MB text file
    12. 12. Data Format • tab separated text file • LONG file. Avoid Excel. • l33t text editors will cope :) • some fields have multiple values separated by the char | (pipe)
    13. 13. • All the metadata is licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY-SA • free to use, remix, play with data • provided you don’t lock it up • and you must attribute us!
    14. 14. What is in there? • unique identifier • a persistent URL • name of object • blob of descriptive text • dimensions (where measured) • dates associated with object • who designed, made or used object • places it was made, designed, used
    15. 15. You will notice... • Not every object has every field • Objects updated as we do research • Most improvements occur when objects come out on display • Objects acquired most recently have richest metadata • They typically have rego numbers starting with 2000 and something...
    16. 16. Lets have a look at it
    17. 17. What to do...? • make maps by reverse geocoding our locations • make timelines using our date fields • connect the people and companies mentioned in the records with biographical and company records held elsewhere
    18. 18. Or... • mine the descriptive text for more dates, names, places • make a semantic repository of the content with its own API • you will think of more - those are just some of the things we have been experimenting with ourselves
    19. 19. Phm on Flickr • Note that we have a public domain photo collection on Flickr • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ powerhouse_museum/ • about 50% are quite precisely geocoded • people have made Google StreetView mash-ups and Augmented Reality prototypes with them so far
    20. 20. What can you do? • We’d love to see what you can do!
    21. 21. Where is the data? • Oh yes.... • www.powerhousemuseum.com/ collection/database/download.php
    22. 22. Contacting me • email: luked@phm.gov.au • twitter: @LukeSnarl • that data location again? • www.powerhousemuseum.com/ collection/database/download.php