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The Past's Present Future: Emerging Trends in Online Cultural Heritage

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The Past's Present Future: Emerging Trends in Online Cultural Heritage

  1. 1. The Emerging Trends Past’s in Online Cultural Heritage On The Front Lines Present Illinois State Library March 16, 2010 Future Richard J. Urban 1  
  2. 2. Everything old is new again. 2  
  3. 3. From the World Wide Web to Web 2.0 WWW  -­‐    documents  with  simple    rela6onships   3  
  4. 4. Web 2.0 4  
  5. 5. Here Comes Everybody! 5  
  6. 6. 6  
  7. 7. Librarians, Archivists & Curators as authorities and gatekeepers. 7  
  8. 8. Librarians, Archivists & Curators as community organizers Josh  Greenberg,  NYPL   8   hFp://www.slideshare.net/epistemographer/  
  9. 9. Is this really new? •  Public libraries, historical societies have long served as community centers for local history, historic preservation & family history. •  Rootsweb created in 1987 as a listserv. •  Ancestry.com is now a multi-million dollar business because they were able to provide the online services this community needed. How can libraries, archives and museums translate their deep experience as community organizers into online spaces? 9  
  10. 10. Serious Leisure 10  
  11. 11. hFp://www.soci.ucalgary.ca/seriousleisure/   11  
  12. 12. Serious Leisure Careers •  Jenna Hartel: Three Temporal Arcs in the Hobby of Gourmet Cooking http://www.jennahartel.com/TemporalArcs/ThreeTemporalArcs.htm 12  
  13. 13. Outside the Walls of the Museum Casual/project-based leisure 13  
  14. 14. Citizen Science Amateur Science Activity Participation Collecting Volunteering Environmental http://ebird.org/ 14  
  15. 15. Makers/Tinkers Project-­‐based/serious  leisure   15  
  16. 16. Getting in the Flow 16  
  17. 17. The importance of flow underlines recurrent themes: –  the library needs to be in the user environment and not expect the user to find their way to the library environment –  integration of library resources should not be seen as an end in itself but as a means to better integration with the user environment, with workflow. The message for libraries is clear: be in the flow. -Lorcan Dempsey 17   hFp://orweblog.oclc.org/archives/000688.html  
  18. 18. FRBR User Tasks Find Identify Select Obtain 18  
  19. 19. Find hFp://imlsdcc.grainger.illinois.edu/history   19  
  20. 20. Identify & Select 20  
  21. 21. Obtain? 21  
  22. 22. The Social Life of Artifacts* *  Dan  Cohen    hFp://www.dancohen.org/media/ bard_talk_5feb2010.pdf   22  
  23. 23. Follow Me! 23  
  24. 24. 24  
  25. 25. “Spreadable”  Content*   25  
  26. 26. 26  
  27. 27. 27  
  28. 28. Sowing Culture hFp://sowingculture.wordpress.com/  
  29. 29. Spread via Twitter •   Connect  with  us    hFp://www.twiFer.com/sowingculture   •   hFp://sowingculture.wordpress.com  
  30. 30. IMLS DCC Flickr Feasibility Study hFp://www.flickr.com/photos/imlsdcc  
  31. 31. Casual   User   Librarian/ Archivist/ Ar6fact   Hobbyist   Curator   Academic   Researcher   31  
  32. 32. Local History @Internet Scale 32  
  33. 33. IMLS DCC Collections by Hosting Institution State
  34. 34. Emerging Strengths - Local History New  trolley  tracks,  Needham  Corner,   Main  Street,  Har^ord,  October  2,  1902.     Main  Street  south  from  Third   Street,  ca.1890     Los  Angeles   Downtown  Springfield,  1952   Springfield  Avia6on  Company   Main  Ave.,  Durango,  CO  Oct.  1965   Tombrello  Grocery  Market    106  Main  St.  Birmingham,   Alabama  
  35. 35. Silos of the LAMS 35  
  36. 36. Moving the Grain • Federated  (Z39.50)   • Aggregated    (Open  Archives  Ini6a6ve  –  Protocol  for  Metadata  Harves6ng   36  
  37. 37. Linked Open Data • Linked simple statements with meaningful relationships that connect across the web • Open freely available for use, reference or reuse 37  
  38. 38. Linked Open Data 38  
  39. 39. Linked Open Data Archive   Library   Museum   39  
  40. 40. The Web of Contexts Archive   Library   Museum   40  
  41. 41. Brooklyn Museum API 41  
  42. 42. 42  
  43. 43. Museum Pipes hFp://museumpipes.wordpress.com  
  44. 44. Transparency 47  
  45. 45. Indianapolis Museum of Art Dashboard hFp://dashboard.imamuseum.org   48  
  46. 46. Opening History Dashboard hFp://www.richardjurban.net/dashboard   49  
  47. 47. Get Started 50  
  48. 48. Start Small & Grow Botany Photo of the Day http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/potd/ 51  
  49. 49. Participate! hFp://www.vam.ac.uk/collec6ons/tex6les/lawty/world_beach/   52  
  50. 50. Participate! hFp://www.vam.ac.uk/collec6ons/tex6les/lawty/world_beach/   53  
  51. 51. Organize! hFp://is.gd/aJbxf   54  
  52. 52. Start Your Own 55  
  53. 53. Explore Open Data hFp://usnris.freebase.com/   56  
  54. 54. Make the Connection 57  
  55. 55. Next Steps •  Push vendors to make content “spreadable” •  Explore ways to make metadata & vocabularies open and linked. •  It’s not about “one” system, it’s about getting in the flow. 58  
  56. 56. Challenges Ahead •  Changes happening outside…fast •  Changes that need to happen inside –  Rethinking what sharing means –  Mapping data across silos & services •  Dealing with abuse of information •  A culture of “permanent beta” –  Managing “brittle” services •  Who pays? –  How to measure public goods. 59  
  57. 57. •  Richard J. Urban –  http://www.richardurban.net –  http://www.twitter.com/musebrarian –  rjurban [at] illinois.edu Portions of this work supported by: 60  
  58. 58. Photo Credits •  Archival Photographic Files, [apf2-05961], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library. •  Telephone Exchange, Anthony Hordern & Sons Department Store. Courtesy State Library of New South Wales http://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/4275894278 •  Crowd listenting to Bryan – Union Sq. Library of Congress http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2163099447/ •  Taft Speaking in Springfield, Mass. Courtesy Library of Congress http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2516566660/ •  Antal Dorati conducts. Courtesy State Library of New South Wales. http://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/3809422043/ •  Battle of the Alamo Re-enactors. Courtesy Txphotoblog http://www.flickr.com/photos/ txphotoblog/3766706634/ •  Aerial View of Downtown Springfield. Courtesy Lincoln Library http://www.flickr.com/photos/imlsdcc/4120299798/in/set-72157622842546196 •  Grain Elevators, Caldwell, Idaho. Courtesy Library of Congress http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2178285893/ •  C & NW RR, a general view of a classification yard at Proviso Yard, Chicago, Ill. Courtesy Library of Congress http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2178405119/ •  Wagner Flagging Dawson. Courtesy Library of Congress •  Potted Arabidopsis 3 Courtesy blueridgekitties http://www.flickr.com/photos/blueridgekitties/4123295969/in/pool-botanypotd/ 61  

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