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Wrapping and Unwrapping History: What’s Gained and What’s Lost


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Presentation given at the 'Unlocking Sources: WW1 & Europeana' conference located at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Germany on 31st January 2014.

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Wrapping and Unwrapping History: What’s Gained and What’s Lost

  1. 1. Wrapping and Unwrapping History: What’s Gained and What’s Lost Unlocking Sources: WW1 & Europeana Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Germany. 31st January 2014 Adrian Stevenson Senior Technical Innovations Coordinator Mimas, University of Manchester, UK @adrianstevenson
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  3. 3. WW1 Discovery Project • Proof-of-Concept illustrating principles of the JISC Discovery initiative • Discovery about advocating ‘open’ and ‘aggregating’ • Make digital content more discoverable by people and machines • Built WW1 aggregation API and discovery layers
  4. 4. What is an API? • ‘Application Programming Interface’ • Allows machine readability of data – Typically over the Web • Provides access to content or functions for other systems • Many ways to do this – e.g. – Google, Facebook, Flickr, twitter APIs …. – OAI-PMH, Z39.50 – RDF - Linked Data, Semantic Web 5
  5. 5. WW1 Discovery: How? • Aggregate and ‘wrap’ data from existing APIs – NMM, V&A, Europeana • Help others with example API – BL, Welsh Voices, Postal Museum • Formats: SOLR, RSS, OpenSearch, OAI-PMH, CSV
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  7. 7. Challenges • Lack of APIs • Difficulties merging data – Varied content and formats – APIs can change – Relevance ranking dubious • From Discovery ‘Technical Principles’ - “Discovery is distributed … Discovery is concerned with a plethora of information resources and services from a wide variety of sources and is prepared, where appropriate, to deal with these in situ” • Speed of API response • Lack of content – images – geo-data and time data • Content licenses not open
  8. 8. Contact Adrian Stevenson Mimas, University of Manchester, UK 19
  9. 9. CC License This presentation available under creative commons Non Commercial-Share Alike: