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  • maypowers 11:31 pm on May 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cultural heritage, 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/)

  • Jeff Edelstein 2:46 pm on March 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cultural heritage,   

    Out of the Trenches video link 

    Hi everyone–Here’s the link to the video from the Pan-Canadian Documentary Heritage Network project: http://www.canadiana.ca/sites/pub.canadiana.ca/files/LOD-Demo-ENG_0.mp4 that I discussed in class last night. It’s about 5 minutes long and–fortunately!–not overly technical.

  • Bree M. 7:04 pm on January 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cultural heritage, scientific evaluation of   

    For those of you who want to mix up your Cultural Heritage with science you can travel to the wonderful land of Tuscany for a three-day workshop at Ampere Summer School entitled “Analyzing Cultural Heritage using portable magnetic resonance. Information about this was sent to me by my art chemistry professor (for the Art History side of my degree) It’s for conservators, restorers, art historians and scientists interested in learning how portable non-invasive magnetic resonance can help understand the material composition, condition and technology of works of art. The workshop includes lectures, hands-on experiments, participant contributions, a panel discussion and an on-site demonstration of a historical wall painting. For more info you can go to the website (http://www.mc.rwth-aachen.de/aw/cms/MC/Themen/~wgi/volterra_summer_school/?lang=en) and click on the tentative program pdf.

    While not particularly librarian-ish, it is interesting how cultural heritage can cross all manner of disciplines.

  • Lola Galla 9:52 pm on January 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cultural heritage, 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.

  • Christina Meninger 2:12 am on April 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: audio, , cultural heritage, ,   

    “How the Pop-Up Radio Archive is Saving Culture” 

    Here is an article I thought others would be interested in reading.

    “How the Pop-Up Radio Archive is Saving Culture”

    “The Pop-Up Radio Archive includes three main components: long-term storage of digital files, a standardized metadata system, and optional online publishing, all managed by an easy-to-use web-based management interface.”

    • Frank Baldaro 8:12 pm on May 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I hadn’t heard of the Kitchen Sisters before (are they related to the Kitchen Cousins or the Property Brothers? I smell an HGTV tie-in…). This project sounds really valuable. They’re using Omeka for their CMS and PBCore for their metadata schema, as well as social-media-driven SoundCloud. We hadn’t discussed the latter application, but it’s a fabulous, and easy, way to publish, edit, and annotate sound files. Plus, it’s Web 2.0-driven, meaning you can share your work with others, “follow” them, and even download their files. They’ve got a really nice iPhone app, and an even more sophisticated iPad one. Might be a program Chris could utilize at some point…

  • Frank Baldaro 4:43 pm on April 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cultural heritage, knowledge organization   

    Salon.com (which just unveiled a *killer* redesign, partly inspired by Coco Chanel) posted an article about how human societies evolved to collect, organize, and utilize their data. The author emphasizes the historical importance of documenting not just what human societies were doing in any given era, but what their “habits of information management” were. The article punctuates both the centrality of knowledge organization to societal development and the idea that the systems and habits we employ to document ourselves matter almost as much as the culture.


  • aimaireporter 9:50 pm on April 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , CMS, cultural heritage,   

    It’s kind of late to bring up another platform for sharing online collections – but I just looked at the metro website and they have a workshop on View Share you can use it to make maps, and graphs with your data as well :

    “Viewshare is a free, Library-of-Congress-sponsored platform that empowers historians, librarians, archivists and curators to create and customize dynamic interfaces to collections of digital content. Starting from an example spreadsheet or data harvested via OAI-PMH, you will use Viewshare to generate distinct interactive visual interfaces (including maps, timelines, and sophisticated faceted navigation), which you can copy-paste to embed in any webpage. This workshop does not require any particular technical proficiency.”

    Here is a link to the View Share site:


    • Frank Baldaro 4:23 pm on April 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      We may still be able to incorporate Viewshare into our Omeka recommendation. I found an article from centerNet, an international network of digital humanities centers, that explores how the two complement one another and add functionality. Here’s an excerpt, followed by the link to the original article:

      “By incorporating a Viewshare view of the collection into the site I gain the following functionality. First off, I can provide a range of visualizations that would require third party tools or plugins to work in Omeka. In this case, a map, charts, a timeline and an image gallery. Beyond simply offering these views, the tool also lets any user use each of the widgets on the left side of the view to facet through the displayed collection in each view. Most importantly, I can use the related data facets to see all items between a given data range, a feature that is impossible in Omeka because it treats data information as text and not as numerical information. This all means that in each of the individual displays I can browse the items in the collection according to any of the parameters in the widgets. Collectively, this the Viewshare view becomes a potent way to visually explore trends and patterns in the collection. As one final benifit, by building my site this way I have duplicated my collection metadata. It now exists both in my Omeka database on the Viewshare site.”


  • Christina Meninger 5:56 pm on April 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: community, cultural heritage, , digital library,   

    I was reading about open source tools and came across the following.

    The open source software is called Kete and can be found at the following link:


    It was developed by Horowhenua Library Trust and Katipo Communications, Ltd. for the Kete Horowhenua site. However, other communities or institutions have started to use it.

    “Kete is a collaboration engine. It is open source software that you can use to create and share online. Write topics and upload images, audio, video, documents. Discuss them all. Link them together.” It is an open source web application written on top of the Ruby on Rails framework and can be thought of as a relational wiki.

    The Kete Horowhenua site, http://horowhenua.kete.net.nz/en/site, “aims to get privately owned papers and photographs out from under beds and sitting alongside public archive and photograph collections. But we want so much more too. We want to capture the memories and stories that are our heritage, we want a place where our artists can showcase their work, and where our businesses and attractions can promote themselves, where we can celebrate who we are and how we live and what we do through photographs, video and audio footage and stories.”

    Other sites using Kete can be found here: http://kete.net.nz/en/site/kete_sites?view_as=list

    Kete was very much created for individuals to add their own content on the front end of a community site. It does seem great to get people involved. However, I question the organization and metadata elements (or lack there of). However, these may be able to be improved (not certain either way). Also, all the sites look quite similar. Additionally, I feel like you need to know what you are looking for (search box) or are okay with browsing (through non-specific topics, which are more like type then topic and include topic, video, image, audio, web, etc). It is one thing to collect information somewhere, but, of course, as we know, we would like to be able to find it again. Despite this, maybe this software does have more potential.

  • Graduate Assistant 4:47 pm on April 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: collaboration, cultural heritage, digital heritage,   


    I am going to be discussing The National Library of New Zealand for my final project, so I wanted to share one of their projects, Matapihi. Matapihi is collection of digital collections from many cultural organizations in New Zealand. It enables you to search across the different cultural organizations. Matapihi is powered by DigitalNZ (http://www.digitalnz.org/about). In order to contribute to Metapihi, institutions need to have 3 things: “digital resources that are freely available online and copyright cleared,existing sources of description metadata or the resources to create new metadata, at least one contact person who can oversee the project in that organisation.” According to The National Library of New Zealand, “The purpose of Matapihi is to promote New Zealand culture and heritage, and in particular to showcase together cultural organisations and their heritage collections online.”

    Concerning metadata, it is stored on Matapihi and the digital resources remain with the organization who contributed them. The “metadata is harvested from the participating organization’s site by DigitalNZ and placed into a database hosted by the National Library”. Matapihi uses Dublin Core to centrally store its metadata. It’s also interesting to note that the site is (partially) bilingual (English and Maori).

    Matapihi has a really nice interface and it is easily searchable. Each record includes a link to the object’s record in the contributing organization’s catalog. You can filter your search by location, creator, date, content provider, etc (the filters are located on the right side of the page…because New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere…?). It differs from picture Australia because it showcases more than just images.

    Obviously, Matapihi provides access to a number of New Zealand’s cultural heritage objects and collections. One issue that I see, however, is that only the “main” part of the site can be viewed in Maori. Once you begin to search, the results are in English. Despite this, I think that along with access, Matapihi promotes a sense of collaboration and community.

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