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

    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 4:47 am on February 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: digital collections, sound recordings   

    Thomas Edison National Historical Park 

    Yesterday’s NY Times contained the following article: “Restored Edison Records Revive Giants of 19th-Century Germany”


    A sampling of the article . . .

    “Tucked away for decades in a cabinet in Thomas Edison’s laboratory, just behind the cot in which the great inventor napped, a trove of wax cylinder phonograph records has been brought back to life after more than a century of silence.

    The cylinders, from 1889 and 1890, include the only known recording of the voice of the powerful chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Two preserve the voice of Helmuth von Moltke, a venerable German military strategist, reciting lines from Shakespeare and from Goethe’s “Faust” into a phonograph horn.”

    The recordings are held at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park. Since I had not heard of this institution, I decided to learn more about it. Their website is not too fancy. However, there is biographical information about Thomas Edison and his family as well as his relationship to sound recordings. Additionally, there are sound recordings:


    Is this site illustrative of cultural heritage? I guess that could be debated because the site is mostly about Thomas Edison and we often think of culture is terms of a group or some type of collective. The sound recordings are definitely cultural. However, there is minimal information about the individual sound recordings. This, of course, is a downside.

  • Frank Baldaro 4:26 am on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alan Lomax, digital collections,   

    The Global Jukebox and Us 

    In case you missed it, the New York Times posted a fabulous article about the Alan Lomax Collection.


    Lomax was the paterfamilias of American ethnomusicology and folklore. His efforts to record and classify the country’s folk and traditional music culminated in the Global Jukebox project, a vast archive of more than 17,000 free music tracks. About his methods, the Times notes:

    “Looking for commonalities among musical styles from all over the world, he early on began using personal computers to help develop criteria to identify and classify such similarities, in the process creating something very much like the algorithms used today by Pandora and other music streaming services.”

    He was deeply concerned with making his collection available to the communities he was documenting, and the article touches on some of the complexities inherent in the project. It’s an interesting read, and one I think we’d be remiss not to consider in light of our semester’s work.

    • Cristina Pattuelli 12:41 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Frank. Great minds…

  • Jeff Walloch 10:11 pm on January 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ALA, digital collections   

    ALA’s Digital Library of the Week 

    American Library Association’s (ALA), I Love Libraries website showcases a digital collection a week. I recommend adding it to your favorite RSS reader, it gives you a good overview of what is going in the field of digital libraries.


    Here’s a few I like:

    New Mexico’s Digital Collections

    The Edgar Allan Poe Digital Collection

    • Cristina Pattuelli 12:51 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I just added to our Resources–>Cultural Heritage Digital Libraries. Thanks Jeff.

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