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  • Christina Meninger 5:56 pm on April 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: community, , digital archive, 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.

  • katherinepradt 4:00 am on March 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: digital archive,   

    Hey all–I was at the Pratt library today and made a copy of the Velios article about the John Latham archive. That was the article that our group was really most interested in having everyone read, but it wasn’t available electronically. Since I had the copy, I thought I might as well scan it and post it to the list, so here it is. If you feel ambitious, it’s probably a good overview of Drupal to look at before Dr. Choi comes in and talks to us tomorrow.
    The illustrations didn’t scan very well, unfortunately.

  • Christina Meninger 6:37 pm on February 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CollectiveAccess, digital archive, , digital lost, internet psychology,   

    I stumbled upon the following site the other day:


    It is the “Archive of the Digital Lost.”

    From the website:

    “This archive is concerned with the emotional implications of: digital immateriality, atrophy, and error; deleted and overriden digital assets; technological ignorance; and obscure and irrelevant digital detritus. The collection also gathers material from the growing field of Internet Psychology.

    The collection archived here takes the form of: extant visual metaphors, non-linear documentation, relational information visualizations, other visual and textual strategies.”

    There is not too much on the site yet. However, I thought others might be interested in checking it out.

    Also, it was created using CollectiveAccess, which maybe another reason to check it out.

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

  • Graduate Assistant 4:38 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: digital archive, knowledge organization systmes,   

    Mukurtu Project: Demo of an Indigenous Archive 

    In researching projects to digitize indigenous cultural heritage for our final project, I came across this project. I find it notable for its community-driven collaborative approach to archive creation.  To me the most interesting part of the project is the treatment of non-Western knowledge organizations systems within the framework of technology (that has its roots in Western models of logic):

    The content in the archive is defined by access parameters based on a set of Warumungu cultural protocols for the viewing and distribution of cultural knowledge. These protocols provide the basis for the archive’s internal logic and architecture.

    More information, along with a video demo, can be found on the project’s website:  Mukurtu Wumpurrarni-kari Archive.

  • Graduate Assistant 2:01 am on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: digital archive, Holocaust   

    After our conversation about the Holocaust and Holocaust related archives I decided to do some investigation. Yad Vashem in Jerusalem as I was saying last week actively collects information on Jewish towns in Eastern Europe. The have a central database of names of those who died in the Holocaust. The database has both a basic search and an advanced search function. There is also a way to add names with instructions and a user guide for search the database. Here is a sample record from the database:
    You can see that the record is also tagged with links to other records. For example, this woman was in a camp called ‘THERESIENSTADT’ and if you click on the tag, you are linked to infomation about the camp. I suggest looking around on the database it was interesting to see how everything was oganized and classified. One thing I wanted to mention was how the archive almost depends on user contribution and welcomes it. There is a place for corrections about the botttom of the page. The other thing I wante to mention was this is the type of archive that would greatly benefit from FOAF relationships as the records are people.
    There is also a photo archive on the site which has a basic or advanced search. I searched the subject ‘women’ and came up with quite a few results. I clicked on one of the records and looked at the record. The museum has linked a Google map with a geo reference of the place the photo was taken. They also use related terms to link the photo to other subject headings. Here is a link to the record I looked at: http://www6.yadvashem.org/wps/portal/!ut/p/c1/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os_hAEws_NzcPIwML_zA3AyOvQBcLH8cQQwMLU6B8JJK8gaG_OUje3yzQzMLQwN2IgO5wkH24VbgboMljMR8kb4ADOBro-3nk56bqR-pHmeO0xdtMPywvvygX6NsQ_Ugn_YLcCIPMgIxMAGCHxM0!/dl2/d1/L0lDU0lKSmhtS2FZIS9JSFNBQ0lpTXlDSkF5SW9rRElodUpBeUFZWTRCL1lBNDU0NTAtNUZ5dHdBISEvN19RNDhORkZIMjA4T1ZGMDJKUUQ4TEFUMTBLNi9hb19fXzI1L2RldGFpbA!!/

  • Graduate Assistant 3:13 pm on March 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , digital archive, , knowledge organization systems, , ,   

    The Past's Digital Presence: Some Reflections, Part II 

    After last week’s class discussion, I thought it appropriate to post more on the Yale conference, particularly session IV, Theorizing the Digital Archive, as most of the presentations were at least peripherally-related to issues that got brought up in our class discussion on semantic KOS for cultural heritage. 

    Regarding the idea brought up in class about the artists that resist categorization (be it from situating themselves as anti-establishment or as thinking of their work as something other than “art”) and the choice to include them or not in a  cultural or art ontology: I think I may have vaguely mentioned one of the PDP presentations as relevant.  In fact, it was Stewart Campbell‘s “Eugène Atget & The Digital Archive.”  His basic premise: MoMA canonized Atget’s photographs as art photography by selecting only limited number of the works in its Atget collection for its digital collection and thus creating a selction bias–flawed works are not represented, e.g., animal photographs criticized by Berenice Abbott.  Furthermore, Atget produced his work for commercial purposes, and did not position himself as an artist.  Further information can be found in Campbell’s abstract (scroll down).

    Related to our discussion of ontologies last week was Alexandre Monnin’s session IV presentation, “What is a Tag: Digital Artifacts as Hermeneutical Devices.”  Those curious about the relationship of philosophy to the Internet, specifically ontologies, may want to check out Monnin’s thesis proposal.  At one point referencing George Lakoff in the idea that classification is intimately related to power, Monnin examined the idea and function of the tag and an its application as an interpretive device.  He began by defining a tag as a “digital equivalent of a real-life tag–a blank space with digital string attaching it to an item.”  This definition in place, he continued to argue that many tags on the Web aren’t tags, but keywords or authorized vocabularies–an interesting point to us library types who typically do strive to use such applications in a more standardized and consistent way.   Richard Newman’s MOAT (Meaning of the Tag) ontology was also discussed, as was Dbpedia, and commontag.org.  More information and links can be found on Monnin’s webpage.

    • Cristina Pattuelli 5:00 pm on March 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      great stuff! you might want to bookmark some of those links via delicious. thanks!

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