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Wi ls worldwho talk

  1. 1. Local History for a Global Audience Wisconsin Heritage Online Emily Pfotenhauer - WiLS World - July 25, 2012
  2. 2. Today’s presentation• What is WHO?• Our work with local history collections• Promoting content with Tumblr• Sorting collections with Viewshare• Sneak peak at early stage of website redesign
  3. 3. Wisconsin Heritage Online is . . .• AGGREGATED CONTENT – wisconsinheritage.org portal brings together metadata, thumbnail images and links from digital collections across the state• SHARED STANDARDS – imaging, metadata, and digital preservation guidelines developed by Wisconsin librarians, archivists and curators• TRAINING AND SUPPORT – workshops, one-on-one project support, collection hosting
  4. 4. PARTNERS
  5. 5. wisconsinheritage.org =118,463 digital items
  6. 6. UWDC Site How it works… Search Other OAI-CONTENTdm compliant databases DATA HARVEST
  7. 7. Historical Content Providers Societies & Wisconsin MuseumsHistorical Society 5% 8% Academic University of Libraries Wisconsin Digital 16% Collections 42% Public Libraries 29%
  8. 8. Why digitize local history?Local goals• Improve organization and searchability of collections• Generate revenue (reproductions, donations)• Good PR within communityBroader goals• Support needs of researchers (genealogists, academics, citizen historians)• Uncover rare/unique/hidden materials• Contribute to collective knowledge base• Understand macro through the micro
  9. 9. Digitization challenges for smaller organizations• Lots of other demands on staff/volunteer time• Often “passion project” of single individual• Schedules may be ad hoc or seasonal• Learning new skills, especially metadata/cataloging• Digital preservation• Getting the word out beyond local community
  10. 10. A. J. Kingsbury Project• Langlade County Historical Society (Antigo) scanned collection of glass negatives and postcards by local photographer A. J. Kingsbury• Tribal Historic Preservation Officers from Lac du Flambeau, Menominee and Lac Vieux Desert (UP) identified people and locations• Tribal Libraries, Archives and Museums (TLAM) class at UW-Madison SLIS is creating metadata
  11. 11. “Indian and His Bride” = Maggie Bearskin Skye and George St. Germain
  12. 12. Undergrad interns at local historical societies• In partnership with Material Culture Program at UW-Madison• Supported by Caxambas Foundation• Students get hands-on experience in museum settings• Organizations get jump start on digitization projects
  13. 13. Undergrad interns at local historical societies• McFarland Historical Society: Norwegian- American artifacts• Portage Historical Society: Architectural photographs• Middleton Area Historical Society: Photographs and postcards• Three Lakes Historical Society: Archives
  14. 14. InfoSoup Memory Project• Coordinated by Outagamie Waupaca Library System; OWLS staff provide centralized training and collection hosting for member libraries Collections are hosted in CONTENTdm by OWLS• Participants so far include Appleton, Clintonville, Door County, Hortonville, Kaukauna and Oconto Falls public libraries• Content includes photographs, postcards, books and pamphlets
  15. 15. Milwaukee Area Technical College• Glass negatives depicting early vocational classes• In celebration of MATC’s 100th anniversary in 2012
  16. 16. wiscohisto.tumblr.com
  17. 17. New website: creative rationaleDan Saal and Jeff Ganger:• “Our assignment is to develop an engaging aggregator of curious collections, an exciting digital screen door through which people pass through on the way to discovering their Wisconsin heritage.”• “We need to provide a space for exploration and education concerning the collections. In a way, the site will announce, ‘Here’s what I found, and here is how YOU can explore.’”
  18. 18. New website: key elements• Generous interface (Mitchell Whitelaw, University of Canberra); not “what do you want” but “here’s what we have to offer”• Three core functions: – Look – Search – Participate• Search guides targeted at specific user groups and interest areas• Spaces for community contributions
  19. 19. Website timeline• NOW: refining framework, adding content• AUGUST: Think Tank with Advisory Committee and visiting consultant• SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER: Feedback from members, usability testing• LATE FALL 2012: soft launch
  20. 20. STAY UPDATED• Twitter @wiheritage• Facebook facebook.com/ wisconsinheritage• Tumblr wiscohisto.tumblr.com• Portal website THANK YOU! wisconsinheritage.org Emily Pfotenhauer WHO Outreach Specialist epfotenhauer@wils.wisc.edu