The project’s main map, showing “pins” of novel passages mapped out throughout London. Map overlay courtesy of the National Library of Scotland.
Mapping Emotions of Victorian London is an experiment that visualizes data about thousands of passages from 1400 Victorian novels, using crowdsourcing to ascribe emotional sentiment to them. We’re proud to launch this third and final project as part of a three year Andrew W. Mellon funded research grant with Stanford University’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis exploring the use and design of crowdsourcing to benefit academic research.
The project’s main map without the Victorian map overlay, accessed by the slider bar in the upper right-hand corner. Map courtesy of Google.
An example literary passage from the project. Its mapped location appears on the left, alongside pins for other passages about the same location.
You can search project tags to find passages by specific authors, as with this example search for “Dickens.”
A closer look at the metadata for a literary passage in the project (just click on the 'Pin Metadata' arrow to expand). Shown are tags attributed to each pin, with the options for members of the public to add more tags, and the pin’s copyright information. This includes the percentage of Mechanical Turk users who found this particular passage 'happy' versus 'fearful.'
The real history of pubs like the Bedford Tavern on Seven Sisters Road lives with its people: previous and current landlords, locals who enjoy a quiet drink on the weekend and everyone else who has made some connection to the pub.
We’re working with local people to create a shared history of the Bedford Tavern and we need your help to add materials and memories. Everything gathered will be added to the digital archive Historypin.org, where it might even become part of a book about London community pubs.
Join us at the Bedford Tavern to share stories and photographs, and perhaps learn something new about your favourite pub.
Have you been coming to your pub forever? Does the landlord know your name? Or are you new to the area and would you like to know more about it?
We’re working with local people to create a shared history of great boozers in and around London and we need your help to add materials and memories. Everything gathered will be added to the digital archive Historypin.org, where it might even become part of a book about London community pubs.
We’ll be at the pubs below in the next few weeks, so join us and bring your friends, photos and best stories!
Today we are excited to launch our newest project California Pride: Mapping LGBTQ Histories, an online archive of memories, stories, and images related to sites throughout the state of California associated with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) experiences.
Supported by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the California Preservation Foundation, and led by architectural and public historians Shayne Watson and Donna Graves respectively, this project aims to identify and interpret historic places associated with LGBTQ history in California. This also includes information about sites important to LGBTQ communities of color, transgender people, the bisexual community, and other under-documented groups within the LGBTQ communities. In a wider context, this project builds on recent studies in San Francisco and Los Angeles that document the critical role California has played in LGBTQ history in the United States.
Jewel Thais-Williams posing inside of Jewel's Catch One in Los Angeles, California. Thais-Williams founded the nightclub in 1973, and not only was it one of the first African American discos in the country, but it was also one of the few places in LA where LGBTQ African Americans felt welcome in the midst of widespread discrimination. Photo by Katie Falkenberg, pinned to California Pride by Shayne Watson.
Explore and upload material online
LGBTQ history is best told by the people who have lived it—you can help this project reflect on the diverse places that tell the stories of the LGBTQ community in the Golden State. Visit the California Pride project on Historypin here, and click the button below or in the project to contribute to the digital archive.
Last month, the Historypin team were involved in a great photograph and memory sharing event, exploring the history of The Old Eagle pub in Camden, London.
The pub is well known in the area and we were afforded the wonderful opportunity to speak to regulars who have visited The Old Eagle regularly for at least 40 years. This provided some great insight into the pub’s past interior design and some of the characters who once ran the pub.
We really enjoyed the evening we spent there, listening to old stories and looking at old photographs. We even got the chance to catch Whiskey Mick and other session musicians during their weekly jam.
We’re running a similar event soon at The Queen’s Head. We’d love to see you there so come along, bring your friends and share some photographs and stories of a great pub. Anyone is welcome to join, so do get involved, even if it’s just because you’re interested in pub history.
Aerial view of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition from the Aeroscope, pinned to our new project by the Anne T. Kent California Room at the Marin County Free Library.
On Saturday, February 21st, Kerri, Jon, and our new intern Krissia participated in a Community Day at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) and to launch our brand-new new project Mapping the PPIE. This world’s fair in the City By the Bay saw almost 19 million people visit over the course of its ten-month lifespan, all celebrating the resilience and rebuilding of a city destroyed in the famous 1906 earthquake and fire. Historypin is one of around 50 core partners helping our friends at the California Historical Society (CHS) celebrate this centennial, and together over the course of this year we will collaborate on many events and celebrations around the Bay Area.
A screenshot of the map within our new PPIE project, where users can pin photos accurately to their corresponding building/pavilion locations in 1915. Thus, while the Palace of Fine Arts remains the only building on the former grounds left (center), this project will help re-envision the area a century ago.
Mapping the PPIE on Historypin is a place for community partners and individuals with personal and archival collections to pin and curate memories and images of the fair. As an exciting feature, our team did some great work on geo-rectifying a map of the PPIE exposition grounds onto Google Maps, so that those who contribute to the project can do so with unprecedented accuracy and help those exploring the project get a sense of the size and scope of the 1915 event. We were able to share this new project on Historypin at Community Day-over 7,000 people showed up to the Palace of Fine Arts- and over the course of the day had fun talking and swapping PPIE stories with a steady stream of visitors.
Community Officer Kerri and new Historypin intern Krissia at the Historypin table at the PPIE Community Day, February 21st, 2015.
Evanna Lynn Dunlop, a 3rd generation San Franciscan, stopped by our table and shared her original 1915 postcard book from the fair passed down from her grandparents. We had fun talking about the massive changes the city has seen since then, and hope to help her pin these photos to our project.
The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on Community Day, lit as it was a century ago at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in 1915. Built for the fair, it is the only one remaining on the exposition grounds today.
We look forward to getting as much PPIE content into our project as possible over the course of the year, and bringing together your collections to recreate 1915. If you have any questions about the project or about contributing content, please contact Kerri at email@example.com. To see how you can explore the project, check out this video:
Last week, the Historypin team united from as far as San Francisco, London and Sofia, Bulgaria to attend Europeana Tech 2015 conference at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) in Paris.
The conference brought together a diverse range of people from application developers, technologists, researchers, designers, and cultural heritage professionals to share knowledge and work together to help shape the future of cultural content.
Check out the Euopeana Tech programme 2015 here and the tweet list here.
Discussions were interesting, varied, and delved into the current challenges of working with cultural content including discoverability, the importance of rich metadata and how this can be achieved through technical and crowdsourced modes, optimised web search, publicity and R&D. Reuse was another important strand to be discussed including the latest designs and ideas to facilitate reuse in a way which would prevent the separation of content from it’s metadata.
We heard from some inspirational speakers including Seb Chan (Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum), Dan Cohen (DPLA), Andy Neale (DigitalNZ), George Oates (Good Form & Spectacle), Tim Sherratt (Trove), Dr Chris Welty (Google), James Morely (Europeana Foundation) and Jon Voss (Historypin).
Thank you to Europeana for organising an insightful and fascinating conference and to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France for hosting.
The real history of pubs like the Magpie and Stump lives with its people: previous and current landlords, detectives who come for a drink after a case at the Old Bailey, office workers who celebrate the arrival of the weekend and everyone else who has made some connection to the pub.
We’re working with local people to create a shared history of the Magpie and Stump and we need your help to add materials and memories. Everything gathered will be added to the digital archive Historypin.org, where it might even become part of a book about London community pubs.
Join us at the Magpie and Stump for an evening of sharing stories, seeing photos from the Magpie’s archive and hearing anecdotes from local pub historians.
Last week, we joined a meet up of the five UK First World War Engagement Centres which took place in the beautiful setting of Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Selly Oak, Birmingham.
The Engagement Centres are based in clusters of Universities across the UK and are designed to be hubs to support local community groups running commemorative First World War projects and to work with them to build new collaborative research projects. Check them out here
The meet up was a great opportunity to get together with everyone from the Centres, hear about the variety of activities so far and find out about what’s on the horizon. Keep an eye on Historypin and the Centres for more news.
The real history of pubs like the Old Eagle lives with its people: previous and current landlords, musicians who come for a jam, locals who enjoy a quiet drink on the weekend and everyone else who has made some connection to the pub.
We’re working with local people to create a shared history of the Old Eagle and we need your help to add materials and memories. Everything gathered will be added to the digital archive Historypin.org, where it might even become part of a book about London community pubs.
Join us at the Old Eagle for an evening of sharing stories, seeing archival photos and hearing anecdotes from local pub historians.