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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 www.ulcc.ac.uk From Cabinet to Internet What next for your historical artefacts? Enriched digital objects and where they might take us…
  2. 2. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk University of London Computer Centre • Digital Archives & Research Technologies – Ed Pinsent – Steph Taylor – Rory McNicholl – Silvia Arango-Docio – Tim Miles-Board
  3. 3. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk ULCC & the Linnean Society • We have developed and hosted linnean- online.org since 2007
  4. 4. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk Our view of digitisaion
  5. 5. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk 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 www.ulcc.ac.uk 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 www.ulcc.ac.uk 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 www.ulcc.ac.uk Taxonomy http://www.vesper.org.uk/
  9. 9. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk Taxonomy and location http://www.vesper.org.uk/
  10. 10. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk Correspondence http://republicofletters.stanford.edu/
  11. 11. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk Literature http://litlong.edina.ac.uk/
  12. 12. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk Story telling http://storymap.knightlab.com/
  13. 13. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk Paths to discovery https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/
  14. 14. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk Open standards Made possible because the data is described and published using open standards
  15. 15. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk But… • My source data is – Incoherent – Difficult to process • My metadata is – Patchy and incomplete – Possibly even wrong in places?
  16. 16. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk Crowd sourcing We will fix it!! http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/classic/bagpuss/gallery, Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, Smallfilms
  17. 17. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk Zooniverse – Snapshot Serengeti http://www.snapshotserengeti.org/
  18. 18. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk Transcriptorium project
  19. 19. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk 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 www.ulcc.ac.uk Not a silver bullet • This “free” resource comes at some cost – Moderating the input (quality assurance) – Maintaining the platform
  21. 21. @ulcc www.ulcc.ac.uk Thank you Questions?

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