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  • maypowers 12:08 am on May 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: europeana, historypin   


    We briefly mentioned Historypin in class a few weeks ago, and I just noticed that they have a collaboration going on with Europeana!

    Europeana 1989: We Made History
    “The way history is recorded isn’t just about what museums and institutions think is important, it’s about what real people lived through and experienced. Do you have stories, pictures, films or other items relating to the events of 1989 in Central and Eastern Europe? Add them to our online collection and share them with the world! Or let us take you on a journey through the Fall of the Iron Curtain, see it from all sides and draw your own conclusions.” — from http://www.europeana1989.eu/en/

    Here’s a few images of the various ways to browse the collection:

    This is definitely one engaging method of encouraging the public to contribute and aggregating the user-created content into a cohesive collection. The Historypin & Europeana collaboration seems to really work here as well — I’ve never contributed any content to Europeana, but I can attest to the ease of contributing content to Historypin. Anything which helps to lower the barrier of entry for the average user, as well as create more access points for people, can only be a good thing for the future of initiatives like Europeana and DPLA.

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  • maypowers 11:44 pm on May 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: nyc   

    NYC visual histories (a quick link round-up) 

    Two blogs worth checking out if you’re at all interested the visual (and cultural) history of New York:

    Ephemeral New York: Chronicling an ever-changing city through faded and forgotten artifactshttp://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/

    The New York Then and Now feature (https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/tag/new-york-then-and-now/) is particularly interesting to browse.

    Vanishing New York: a bitterly nostalgic look at a city in the process of going extinct

  • maypowers 11:31 pm on May 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , outreach, wiki loves monuments,   

    Wiki Loves Monuments (and cultural heritage in general!) 

    I think I mentioned this project briefly in class during the grant writing session, but after our discussion on moving forward with DPLA/Europeana and getting the public more involved, I wanted to share more about Wiki Loves Monuments (http://www.wikilovesmonuments.org/). This is from the September 2013 photo contest:

    In 2012, Wikipedia volunteer communities in 35 countries have joined this initiative, and also in 2013 volunteers are enthusiastically paving the way to make participation easy for others. In nearly 40 countries all over the world, a national contest will be organized with their national monuments, partners, rules, events and winners.

    Every national contest will be able to nominate some of their winning pictures for the international contest. These nominated pictures will be judged by the international jury, which will then award extra prizes to the best images from all participating countries.

    The contest is inspired by the successful 2010 pilot in the Netherlands, which resulted in 12,500 freely licensed images of monuments that can now be used in Wikipedia and by anybody for any purpose. The 2012 contest in 35 countries resulted in more than 350,000 images submitted by over 15,000 participants, adding to the sum of all human knowledge gathered on Wikipedia. (from http://www.wikilovesmonuments.org/contest/)

    To help participants contribute, the Wikimedia Foundation created an Android app and another company (MairDumont — I think a German travel/publishing company?) created an app for iPhone. The apps help people new to contributing to Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons by attaching the necessary unique identifier to the photograph when the photos are uploaded, so the new users don’t have to worry about all the little details and are free to simply contribute their photos.

    This definitely seems like a potentially useful direction for DPLA and Europeana, if they want to get into user-contributed or -created content. (Of course, I think Wikipedia’s outreach model is particularly good most of the time.)

    Do you want to see the winning photo? Of course you do!

    The first prize: “a locomotive with a push-pull train crossing the monumental Wiesener Viaduct over the Landwasser river in Graubünden, Switzerland. It represents a nice harmony between monument, human and nature, while the red train draws attention to the middle of the picture. The picture was submitted by David Gubler, who is also active on a Swiss website dedicated to photos of trains” (http://www.wikilovesmonuments.org/and-the-winner-is-2/)

    And then, the third prize is of a library, so of course I have to share it as well:

    3rd prize: University library of Eötvös Loránd University. Photo: Thaler Tamás, CC BY-SA

    (Do check out the rest of them if you’re interested. There are so many beautiful images on the winner’s page: http://www.wikilovesmonuments.org/and-the-winner-is-2/)

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