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Wrapping and Unwrapping History:
What’s Gained and What’s Lost
Unlocking Sources: WW1 & Europeana
Staatsbibliothek zu Berl...
927233355446

ww1.discovery.ac.uk
WW1 Discovery Project
• Proof-of-Concept illustrating
principles of the JISC Discovery
initiative
• Discovery about advoca...
What is an API?
• ‘Application Programming Interface’
• Allows machine readability of data
– Typically over the Web

• Pro...
WW1 Discovery: How?
• Aggregate and ‘wrap’
data from existing APIs
– NMM, V&A,
Europeana
• Help others with
example API – ...
http://ww1.discovery.ac.uk/how-to-use-our-api/
Challenges
• Lack of APIs
• Difficulties merging data
– Varied content and formats
– APIs can change
– Relevance ranking d...
Contact
Adrian Stevenson
Mimas, University of Manchester, UK
adrian.stevenson@manchester.ac.uk
www.mimas.ac.uk
www.twitter...
CC License
This presentation available under creative commons Non
Commercial-Share Alike:
http://creativecommons.org/licen...
Wrapping and Unwrapping History: What’s Gained and What’s Lost
Wrapping and Unwrapping History: What’s Gained and What’s Lost
Wrapping and Unwrapping History: What’s Gained and What’s Lost
Wrapping and Unwrapping History: What’s Gained and What’s Lost
Wrapping and Unwrapping History: What’s Gained and What’s Lost
Wrapping and Unwrapping History: What’s Gained and What’s Lost
Wrapping and Unwrapping History: What’s Gained and What’s Lost
Wrapping and Unwrapping History: What’s Gained and What’s Lost
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.

http://www.europeana-collections-1914-1918.eu/unlocking-sources/

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  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
  2. 2. 927233355446 ww1.discovery.ac.uk
  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 www.discovery.ac.uk • 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
  6. 6. http://ww1.discovery.ac.uk/how-to-use-our-api/
  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 adrian.stevenson@manchester.ac.uk www.mimas.ac.uk www.twitter.com/adrianstevenson www.linkedin.com/in/adrianstevenson www.slideshare.net/adrianstevenson 19
  9. 9. CC License This presentation available under creative commons Non Commercial-Share Alike: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/uk/
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Presentation given at the 'Unlocking Sources: WW1 & Europeana' conference located at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Germany on 31st January 2014. http://www.europeana-collections-1914-1918.eu/unlocking-sources/

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