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Mapping Historical Photographs For The Common


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From a presentation at Where2.0 April 1, 2010, Jon Voss and Barbara Hui.

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Mapping Historical Photographs For The Common

  1. 1. Mapping Historical Photos for the Common Good. Where2.0 April 1, 2010   Jon Voss, Barbara Hui
  2. 2. We welcome your feedback! Jon Voss Twitter: @LookBackMaps [email_address]         Barbara Hui Twitter: @barbarahui [email_address]
  3. 3. Privy Diggers and Archaeologists --Sharing Common History --Barriers to entry? --Unbridled enthusiasm! --Methodology --Preservation and documentation --too much information?   below thanks to MSU Campus Archaeology Prog
  4. 5. Start diggin'!
  5. 6. Burrito Justice
  6. 7. Sanborn map overlay on Google Earth to find bases from the old Seals Stadium.
  7. 8. Burrito Justice and Telstar Logistics place the old Seals Stadium bases at Potrero Center Shopping Mall
  8. 9. Burrito Justice and Telstar Logistics base mapping.
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  10. 11. Flickr user entheos_fog <ul><ul><li>More Then and Now groups on Flickr. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Source? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metadata? </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><ul><li>  </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><ul><ul><li>business model eventually developed to provide institutions with tools for sharing their collections.   </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>purposefully very simple presentation : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where am I and What was here before? </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Old Mission Police Station.
  14. 15. basic metadata/geotagging tools using Google Maps and Streetview APIs.
  15. 16. Guide Me! screenshots from LookBackMaps iPhone app, overlay photos from The Bancroft Library.
  16. 17. . Biz model: ad revenue. Requires upload, does not require citing sources. Actively finding ways to share data.
  17. 18. <ul><ul><li>In 2008 with Flickr/Library of Congress partnership ending up in Flickr Commons, much more participation in web2.0 from institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Much better metadata and links back to persistent URLS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Now a greater interest in photo mapping applications and possibilities. </li></ul></ul>
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  19. 20. Institutional metadata at
  20. 21. <ul><ul><li> : Over 90,000 historical photos of Philly! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great mapping/streetview interface </li></ul></ul>
  21. 22. Hypercities ( )
  22. 23. NYPL Map Warper ( )
  23. 24.   Neatline ( )
  24. 25. So what does the future hold for historical maps and images? Alden Cudanin, creator of Toronto Before , from Flickr set.
  25. 26. <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>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>
  26. 27. What will you do with all this data? <ul><ul><li>Build history games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rebuild lost cities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recreate personal timelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Sketchup San Francisco before 1906, or just after </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recapture sights and sounds of the past </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build historical augmented reality apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whatever we do, let's share our data! </li></ul></ul>
  27. 28. screenshots from LookBackMaps iPhone app, overlay photos from The Bancroft Library
  28. 29. screenshots from LookBackMaps iPhone app, overlay photos from California Historical Society