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Civil war data_150

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Civil war data_150

  1. 1. Civil War Data 150 Jon Voss Freebase Meetup 4.14.10
  2. 2. Give me feedback... <ul><li>email: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.twitter.com/LookBackMaps </li></ul><ul><li>Comments welcome, just use @ or #LookBackMaps on </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter or email me. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><ul><li>www.lookbackmaps.net  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Started in 2008 as a Google MyMaps mashup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on the simple idea of creating community around local history. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Created to solve the problem of disparate archives with no geotags through community and crowdsourcing </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. screenshots from LookBackMaps iPhone app, overlay photos from The Bancroft Library
  5. 6. screenshots from LookBackMaps iPhone app, overlay photos from California Historical Society
  6. 7. <ul><li>The more shared data we have, the more we can do with it!  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>By end of 2009, group of archivists and technologists start exploring collaborative efforts utilizing Linked Data to connect isolated archives and datasets in order to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>join data in a robust, scalable, community-maintained database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>increase discovery of and traffic to the archives while adding value to the data through crowdsourcing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>make the data searchable and available to other web applications via API and semantic web queries </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. The Civil War Data 150 Project <ul><li>Born out of conversations with AMMP participant, Archives of Michigan . </li></ul><ul><li>Finding ways to discover and connect across state and federal resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Build presentations that utilize the Linked Data in new ways. </li></ul>
  8. 9. 1. Clean up existing records 2. Examine schema to see how things fit. <ul><li>See a sample list of Michigan regiments: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.freebase.com/view/base/americancivilwar/views/list_of_michigan_civil_war_units </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.freebase.com/type/schema/military/military_unit?domain=%2Fmilitary </li></ul>
  9. 10. http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/4166330219/ 3. Find images of soldiers, regiments, regimental flags, and battlefields to link into Freebase.
  10. 11. Help out on the Freebase wiki <ul><li>Identifying great sources, looking at issues with schema, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>http://wiki.freebase.com/w/index.php/CWD150 </li></ul>
  11. 12. Give me feedback... <ul><li>email: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.twitter.com/LookBackMaps </li></ul><ul><li>Comments welcome, just use @ or #LookBackMaps on </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter or email me. </li></ul>

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