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AddressingHistory Overview

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Presentation given by Stuart Macdonald on Addressing History at RunCoCo workshop: Community Collection Online - sustainability and business models, University of Leeds, 3 November 2010

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AddressingHistory Overview

  1. 1. Stuart Macdonald AddressingHistory Project Manager EDINA http://addressinghistory.edina.ac.uk/ To create an online crowdsourcing tool that will combine data from digitised historical Scottish Post Office Directories with contemporaneous historical maps
  2. 2. • Historic maps georeferenced by NLS • PODs digitised by NLS with the Internet Archive • Project focussed on 3 volumes of PODs: 1784-5; 1865; 1905-6 • Scalable to accommodate 400 Scottish PODs currently being digitised • POD entries georeferenced by moving a pin on a digitised map thus facilitating the addition of a grid reference to the OCR’d POD held in XML database • Mass geo-coding of PODs using Google geocoding services • Mechanism to check user-generated content such as georeferences • Amplification of tool and API via Social Media Channels • Each POD entry will be accessible via the API through a unique URI - opening up content to LOD cloud through RDF & Ontologies (geonames, DBPedia) CC image courtesy of Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/karenhorton/4477409137/
  3. 3. stuart.macdonald@ed.ac.uk THANKING YOU! Acknowledgements: • JISC - http://www.jisc.ac.uk/ • National Library of Scotland - http://www.nls.uk/ • Visualising Urban Geographies (VUG) project – http://geo.nls.uk/urbhist/ • Edinburgh City Libraries – http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/libraries/

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