Historypin is back in Austin!

Going to be in Austin next week? So are we! We’re back at SXSW with an exciting global panel entitled 100 Years of Oversharing: Tools for Time Travel, happening March 10 at 12:30pm in the Convention Center.

And if that’s not enough, we helped put together a roundtable of amazing dreamers and doers from around the world which is free and open to the public at the #IdeaDrop House. The panel was called Backporch Beers Roundtable: Mashup Culture, made possible by E-Resources and Libraries (ER&L), ProQuest and the Digital Library Federation (DLF).  The conversation was hosted by Historypin’s Jon Voss and Rachel Frick of the Digital Library Federation.  

Don’t worry, this isn’t actually an hour and a half long, we broke it into two 30 minute sessions with a 20 minute break in between since we couldn’t fit everyone on the couch. Group one considered copyright and examples that push the boundaries in GLAMs and included Keir Winesmith, Head of Web and Digital Projects, SFMOMA; Molly Jacobs, Web Producer, American Experience/PBS; Heather Champ, Community & Content, Findery; and Richard Vijgen, Information Designer.

Group 2 starts at about 46 minutes into the recording and explores some global examples of creative reuses of library and museum spaces and content. This group featured Daniel Flood, Creative Production Manager, The Edge, State Library of Queensland; Johan Oomen, Manager R&D, Netherlands Institute of Sound & Vision; Kathryn Jaller, New Media Manager, Contemporary Jewish Museum; and Joe Voss, Senior Counsel, Clark Hill PLC.

Historypin Northeast Stops

View from the Depot Street Bridge looking South. Shared by the Bellows Falls Historical Society.

I’ll be giving some talks and workshops next week across the Northeastern US, hope you can come out to hear about the latest in Historypin developments and share your Historypin projects with us!

10/28 Philadelphia, Chemical Heritage Foundation free public talk, 12noon

10/29 New York City, small roundtable, email me if you’re interested.

11/1  Woodstock, VT. Woodstock Digital Media Festival, free public talk and Historypin workshop (along with an entire day of amazing programming)

New exhibition exploring ‘The Participatory Museum’ concept

An innovative new exhibition opens at Europe House today, featuring photographs from The Imperial Museums with annotations giving a wealth of information about each image, gathered by a series of crowdsourcing events organised by Historypin.

You can see a preview of the images here.

It runs from 3rd Dec to 7th Dec at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU. Open from 10am-6pm.

The photographs are from the Q Series, a remarkable collection of 120,000 images showing life during the First World War, on land, at sea, in the air and at home.

The collection includes material from a wide range of sources, including the Ministry of Information, War Office and Foreign Office, newspaper photography from outlets such as the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail as well as images illustrating the war efforts of France, Germany, Italy and the USA.

Beyond the original captions associated with each image, much of the contextual data and narrative around this collection hasn’t been previously gathered or recorded.

Over the summer of 2012, the Historypin teamed up with the Imperial War Museum to start to harness the capacity and knowledge of the crowd to gather this information. Through a series of events, drawing on the knowledge and enthusiasm of many different people, from school students, to military experts, to archivists and curators, we have uncovered a few of the mysteries of the Q Series. It was incredibly humbling to see the amount of knowledge, passion and desire to help that filled the room during these sessions.

Adding data to First World War Photos

You can see all the photographs discussed on the Imperial War Museums Channel, many of which have had their data improved or their location identified following these enlightening sessions.

The findings from the sessions have been used to annotate the photographs to create fascinating layered images showing a wealth of information. This exhibition provides a glimpse of how participation can bring collections to life and open up new understanding, through comments and annotations.

The exhibition runs until Friday at Europe House, 32 Smith Square. London, SW1P 3EU.

Tonight, Chief Execs Nick Stanhope of Historypin and Nick Poole of the Collections Trust will be opening the exhibition and speaking about how cultural institutions are involving their communities more as collaborators and participants.

Last summer, in their article on ‘The Participatory Museum‘ Nick and Nick discussed ideas around how ‘end-users’ can become much more involved with the whole duration of museum projects. They painted the powerful potential this could have for engaging audiences, connecting online and offline worlds and putting museums at the heart of communities.

Through Historypin’s work, we’ve seen loads of great instances of conversations about historical content – be it online among history geeks on forum threads, museum tagging games or amongst grandpas having a pint in the pub.

Our aim is to use technology to capture the best from all these worlds and create a tool that works for both analog and digital crowd-sourcing communities, translating conversations into useful structures to be explored and augmented by others. Through this innovative approach, we hope more people will be inspired to come together around personal, local and cultural collections. So keep an eye out as we continue to delve deeper into participatory collections.




Inspired by Archivists

I had the great honor of spending a day at the Society of American Archivists annual meeting in San Diego on August 9, 2012.  They had invited me to give one of the opening keynotes (the audio and slides for which are embedded here), which gave me the opportunity to thank so many of the amazing archivists who have inspired me over the last few years, and to show some of the many examples of how archives are opening their collections for greater access, and demonstrate how people are interacting with content in new ways.  Of course I also talked about the potential of Linked Open Data and the importance of using WWW protocols and open licenses to share metadata, and how the archives, library and museum communities are beginning to play a leading role in this next internet revolution.

Just a note on the inside joke about the Green Bay Packers… they were actually staying in the hotel that the conference was held at, so there were a lot of Packers fans trolling the lobby in search of players/autographs. I thought that was a fun way to reflect on the importance of archivists, and how people really should be seeking autographs from the heroes who are doing so much to preserve cultural memory for future generations!

Special thanks to Nancy Beaumont, SAA Executive Director, and Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, 2011-12 SAA President, for inviting me to speak.  I also want to thank all of the archivists and friends who overwhelmed me with such a warm welcome. It was a truly inspiring experience for me.

Historypin at the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference

I’ll be in and around Anaheim this week representing Historypin at the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference and am honored to be joining some amazing librarians along the way.  I’ll also be doing a couple of workshops in LA to boot.  Come say hi!

Thursday, June 21: Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries Preconference. 8:30am Plenary: Linked Open Data. Westin San Diego.

Friday, June 22: 8:30am. Creating Library Linked Data: What Catalogers and Coders Can Build.  (I’ll be there for the morning of this all day working group). Anaheim Convention Center Room 203B.

2:30pm. 2012 National Asian Pacific Islander American Historic Preservation Forum. “Technology Tours for Historic Sites and Tours.” California Endowment, Los Angeles, CA.

Saturday, June 23: 10am-12pm. Historypin Workshop with LA as Subject. Room 241, Academy for Polymathic Study Room, Doheny Memorial Library. 3550 Trousdale Parkway, University Park Campus, Los Angeles CA 90089-0185

Sunday, June 24: 8-10am. International Library Partnerships: Logistical and Technical Issues Relating to International Digitization Projects. Anaheim Convention Center Room 202A.

"Traffic Jam at 7th & Broadway," Los Angeles Public Library

Innovation requires Improvisation

I had the great privilege to travel to New Zealand at the end of last year to attend the National Digital Forum in Wellington, which was an amazing international gathering of innovators in the technology and cultural heritage space.  I also took part in LODLAM-NZ, hosted and organized by DigitalNZ.

All of the videos from the presentations have been online for awhile now, and all of them are well worth taking a look–I’m serious.  Eleanor Whitworth wrote up a fantastic summary of the conference as well.

I was invited to give a 7 minute ignite talk about Historypin and Linked Open Data in libraries, archives, and museums.  Unfortunately, I had A/V difficulties that turned my talk into a comedy of errors.  Of course my Kiwi hosts were generous with my alloted time and also spooned out plenty of good natured teasing.  The video is basically an outtake (I’d do it over if I could! Especially the important National Archives photo-fade marking the beginning of the forced detainment of Japanese Americans during WWII, which is when my video flipped on), but I thought it was worth sharing if for no other reason than to illustrate that part of innovating is failing.  Sometimes we come up short, and sometimes things fall apart in front of an international audience of our colleagues.  But in my mind at least, innovation also requires improvisation, humility, and a good sense of humor.

The missing slides that I had to work through with interpretive dance are in the Slideshare below the video.

Historypin at American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

Jon Voss will be representing Historypin at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, January 20 -24.  While we’re still trying to sort out the acronyms, here’s where you can find him, exploring Linked Data, open access, and library collaborations:

Jan. 21, 2012, 4-6pm, Dallas Convention Center room A201/202. “Getting the rights right for the future of scholarly communication,” a timely panel discussion hosted by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Jan. 22, 2012, 10:30am-12noon, Sheraton Dallas, Lone Star Ballroom C2. LITA/ALCTS Linked Library Data Interest Group (LD-IG).

Thank you for listening

A big thank you to everyone that has come and listened politely and asked good questions at our Historypin talks over the last few months. They’ve been a great way of starting conversations with clever, creative people and we’ll be doing heaps more in 2012.

Some of the highlights…

Nick at TEDxLondon, London – organised by the fantastic Seeper, with around 1,000 people brought together at the Roundhouse in Camden around the theme of an “Education Revolution

Nick & Jon at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney – hosted by our fantastic partners at the Museum and part of our budding Australian Memory Project (more to follow)

Nick at TEDxNHH, Bergen – run by a dedicated group of student volunteers the Norwegian Business School and attended by a very bright bunch that all wanted Historypin stickers

Jon at the Smithsonian, Washington DC – a introduction to Historypin and LODLAM and available online thanks to the Smithsonian CTO Series

Historypin in Sydney, Australia

Historypin CEO, Nick Stanhope, will be speaking with Ryan Donahue from George Eastman House about sharing photographic collections and building communities.

The free talk is being held by the Digital, Social & Emerging technologies team at the Powerhouse Museum on 6th December.

Tuesday December 6 2011, 4:45pm to 6:15pm (GMT+1000)

Target Theatre
Powerhouse Museum
500 Harris St, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW 2007, Australia

See the full details and register here.