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  • Jeff Edelstein 7:15 pm on February 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CKAN, , Open Knowledge Foundation   

    New Greek Open Data Hub 

    Well, the site itself, http://open-data.okfn.gr/, is in Greek (might be fun for you, Ronette), but I found the blog post interesting in the everyday practical examples he gave of how people might want to use open data. So many of the examples we see are for scholarly research. Here’s the link to the post:
    And here’s the full text:

    By Charalampos Bratsas

    Opening up public sector data is becoming a top priority for governments throughout Europe and North America. We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Greek open data hub, developed and hosted by OKFN Greece. The data hub integrates the Open Knowledge Foundation’s open source data cataloging software CKAN, which is also the basis of the UK, the European and the US portals.

    Open data can be used in smart city services, financial monitoring, decision support systems and numerous other applications. The problem is finding them. Supposing you wanted to make a shiny new smartphone app, requiring a combination of geospatial data, some cultural facts and a photo collection. You know this data does exist, but you are also aware that you are going to have a hard time finding their providers, discovering their outgoing links and their license. All of this involves a significant investment of time.

    Ordinary citizens, too, are made to invest precious time hunting down and combining data, such as the location of the nearest Job Centre, plus information on how to get there by public transport.

    This is why we need data hubs where publishers can use, promote, and advertise all their datasets together. Citizens will also catalog a dataset if it is useful to them and maybe to others. Once the datasets reach a critical level, links between them are discovered and developed, multiplying the value of the datasets and dynamically increasing their significance. Combine this with live data previews, a smart search system and a powerful API and you have taken open data to the next level.

    The Greek open data hub includes:

    The Open Data repository (http://ckan.okfn.gr). This section of the site is built using the CKAN platform (like the EU & UK sites).
    Examples of applications using Greek linked open data, like Greek DBpedia (DayLikeToday, DBpedia game) and visualizations with data from the Clarity Program, the municipalities etc.
    A live demo where anybody will be able to submit a SPARQL query and chart its results with Google Chart Editor.
    Information about the Greek Linked Open Data cloud – a visual network representation of the Greek Linked Open Data Cloud. OKFN Greece is constantly working on making this one huge!

  • Lola Galla 4:00 am on February 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cartography, disaster reduction and recovery, gfdrr, haiti data, open data, open data for resilience initiative, OPENDRI, world bank   

    I came across the  Open Data for Resilience Initiative, a global partnership that seeks to build data sharing programs along with the capacity and tools to use data to make more informed decisions, that is working on implementation in 25 countries. I came across it at work while I was looking for Haiti data, specifically in terms of Haiti-specific geo-spatial information, data and knowledge sources. The data can be used for many purposes: establishing baseline data, conducting risk assessments, planning, project monitoring, and tracking progress. This site is intended to facilitate more effective support to the country’s rehabilitation, recovery and longer- term sustainable development.

    If you want to peruse through Haiti’s cartography collection; http://haitidata.org/maps/search

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  • Lola Galla 9:52 pm on January 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , globalization, intangible cultural heritage, multicultural, sustainable development, UNESCO   

    Intangible Cultural Heritage 

    UNESCO-Intangible Cultural Heritage Logo
    UNESCO defines Cultural Heritage as everything including traditions and living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.
    Intangible cultural heritage is essential in maintaining cultural diversity, especially as our planet becomes more globalized.
    How can the preservation of intangible cultural heritage contribute to sustainable development? Listen to the the international perpectives on the topic, from delegates in countries like Algeria, Niger, Cuba and elsewhere;
    • Julia 5:44 pm on January 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I wonder if UNESCO’s cultural heritage definition includes both the good and the bad.

      I met a digital archivist who worked on an oral history project in Rwanda, documenting the genocide. I think it was this one, although several others exist. At the time I thought it was an important project, but now I’m curious if it’s also a potential repository for cultural heritage.

      That brings up the question, if we put more work into remembering the bitter parts of a nation’s history, do we have enough resources or attention left to celebrate the oral traditions, arts, rituals or crafts? How do LAM professionals prioritize a vast cultural heritage, and find the right balance between honoring a painful history and putting a nation’s best foot forward?

      I found a short article on Rwanda’s museums and their untapped and intangible cultural heritage:
      And this:

      It seems that what a nation wants to and can preserve will influence the direction it takes as it develops.

  • Maryn Rich 3:50 am on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    IPTC Crosswalk 

    Because you can never have too much information on art image metadata, here is a handy crosswalk for IPTC to various image programming labels.


  • Erin Murphy 4:19 pm on April 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: events   

    Upcoming event at the Brooklyn Public Library 

    This event on Thursday, May 19th at BPL looks interesting:

    From Records to Data: Seeing and Sharing Digital Cultural Heritage Collections Differently With Recollection
    “In the library, archives, and museum world we have a tendency to think about things in digital collections as “objects” or “records.” In many ways we bring the strengths and limitations of thinking about this information like cards in a catalog as opposed to data in a database. This demonstration will walk through how Recollection, a free and open source web application, is being developed to help us see our data differently, and ultimately make it as easy as possible for us to share those new ways of seeing our collections with any and everyone.”
    (via techMETRO)

  • Maryn Rich 2:29 pm on April 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Digital Preservation: Dolly’s Lost Tapes 

    I never thought I’d be posting an article about Dolly Parton for this class, but here you go:


    The singer talks about the loss of early recordings and footage. Just goes to show the importance of digital preservation not only in our libraries, but on a personal level.

    • margaritamirabal 1:24 pm on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Dolly is an incredible artist and its a shame that she lost her early recordings and footage. I hope that other artist heed her advise “You need to update it, upgrade it.”

  • Beanbag Amerika 3:10 pm on April 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Ireland,   

    Irish historical geological maps. 

    Although national geological surveys, dealing as they do with the natural world, do not set out to be instruments of cultural heritage (except perhaps where they overlap with the traces of human activity: cities, roads, and the like), the maps and other documents produced as artifacts in themselves are certainly cultural objects, some quite strikingly so.

    The geological survey organizations of England and Ireland have jointly created a web site to access digitized Irish geological maps, sections, and supporting documents created during the 19th century. The maps are beautiful and the accompanying “explanatory memoirs” are fascinating.

  • Megan Rulli 5:47 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    the crucifix as a cultural object 

    This NY Times opinion piece discusses Italy’s debate over the crucifix in classrooms:


    As we discussed in class, the meaning that we attach to cultural objects morphs over time. However, we cannot escape its original meaning. Some are arguing that the crucifix is no longer a religious symbol; rather, it’s a cultural object, a representation of a nation. The author, Stanley Fish, mocks the argument that the crucifix is “everyone’s symbol” and that it is “the universal sign of the acceptance of and respect for every human kind.” While the crucifix may carry this meaning to some people, it is naive to deny the religious symbolism of the object.

  • Christina Manzella 2:25 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    art as information, information as art 

    While trying to find out which part of an animal a shank bone is and why it’s included in a Seder, I came across this photographer David Shankbone. His comment regarding the relationship between art and information struck me, and I appreciate his ideas on fair use. Also, have any of you heard the term copyleft before? It was new to me.

    A PBS interview: http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2011/03/shankbones-wikipedia-photo-portraits-spread-like-wildfire060.html

    His blog: http://blog.shankbone.org/about/

  • Christina Manzella 8:17 pm on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    book for this week’s topic 

    Several of the other essay titles look promising too.

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