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From Cabinet to Internet 2015


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Organised jointly by Isabelle Charmantier and Andrea Deneau, The Linnean Society of London & Staffan Müller-Wille, University of Exeter.

In order to understand past scientific networks and practices, scholars are increasingly turning to the tools of digital humanities.

The workshop brought together academics and cultural sector professionals who work on projects specifically involving digitisation of correspondence and manuscripts related to natural history and medicine, from the 16th to the 19th century.

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From Cabinet to Internet 2015

  1. 1. @ulcc From Cabinet to Internet What next for your historical artefacts? Enriched digital objects and where they might take us…
  2. 2. @ulcc University of London Computer Centre • Digital Archives & Research Technologies – Ed Pinsent – Steph Taylor – Rory McNicholl – Silvia Arango-Docio – Tim Miles-Board
  3. 3. @ulcc ULCC & the Linnean Society • We have developed and hosted linnean- since 2007
  4. 4. @ulcc Our view of digitisaion
  5. 5. @ulcc Enriched for humans • Readers – Human-readable content – Accessibility • Participants – Crowd-sourcing – Annotation – Community metadata • Reader-participants – Come for the content, stay to add value (e.g. transcription)
  6. 6. @ulcc Enriched for machines • Search engines – Indexers / engines work better if you use standards for metadata • Harvesting services – Amplification of your data across many platforms, to wider audiences • Publishing machine readable data and metadata
  7. 7. @ulcc What’s the best thing to do? “The best thing to do with your data will be thought of by someone else” (Rufus Pollack, OKF)
  8. 8. @ulcc Taxonomy
  9. 9. @ulcc Taxonomy and location
  10. 10. @ulcc Correspondence
  11. 11. @ulcc Literature
  12. 12. @ulcc Story telling
  13. 13. @ulcc Paths to discovery
  14. 14. @ulcc Open standards Made possible because the data is described and published using open standards
  15. 15. @ulcc But… • My source data is – Incoherent – Difficult to process • My metadata is – Patchy and incomplete – Possibly even wrong in places?
  16. 16. @ulcc Crowd sourcing We will fix it!!, Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, Smallfilms
  17. 17. @ulcc Zooniverse – Snapshot Serengeti
  18. 18. @ulcc Transcriptorium project
  19. 19. @ulcc Crowd sourcing enriches • Enriches source data – Data collected is structured – Uses open standards – Very cheap • Enriches the crowd – Fun (especially if gamified) – Educational
  20. 20. @ulcc Not a silver bullet • This “free” resource comes at some cost – Moderating the input (quality assurance) – Maintaining the platform
  21. 21. @ulcc Thank you Questions?