Archive for November, 2009

A Happy Commonsversary to the National Library of New Zealand

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Articles

A happy first year in the Commons to the National Library of New Zealand, who joined The Commons on Flickr on November 27, 2008. Since then, we’ve learned just how active in new ways of reaching out to users through technology the NLNZ is, with exciting projects like DigitalNZ. And check the magnifier on their front-page announcement about their December move – we users like some fun as well as a chance to contributte!

But here at Indicommons, our heart is with the NLNZ on Flickr, and here are some of the ways …

Panoramas House and grounds of R H Edie, Edievale, Otago, between 1923-1928
House and grounds of R H Edie, Edievale, Otago, between 1923-1928
Stereographs! Photographer and assistant, with a camera, between 1902-1922
Photographer and assistant, with a camera, between 1902-1922
Celebration of the end of a war New Zealand soldiers and civilians in London at the end of World War I, 1918
New Zealand soldiers and civilians in London at the end of World War I, 1918
Views of Antarctica Grotto in an iceberg, photographed during the British Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1913, 5 Jan 1911
Photographer: Herbert Ponting

… and all the people and places of New Zealand.

Wairoa Geyser, Whakarewarewa, 1908
Wairoa Geyser, Whakarewarewa, 1908
Robert Louis Stevenson's birthday party, at Vailima, ca 1893
Robert Louis Stevenson’s birthday party, at Vailima, ca 1893
Huge sunfish thrown up on beach at Awatuna, near Hokitika, ca 1910
Huge sunfish thrown up on beach at Awatuna, near Hokitika, ca 1910
Close-up view of a Port Chalmers wharf and ships loading, 1870s
Close-up view of a Port Chalmers wharf and ships loading, 1870s
Image selection by Penny

Happy Thanksgiving, ‘by sport and feasting’

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Best of The Commons

By sport and feasting Americans will prove they are a thankful people this week, November 20, 1904
Library of Congress: lccn.loc.gov/2007618519

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Caroline Tamtama’s Photo(shopped) studio of an artist

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Remix, Sub-Curation
William Morris Hunt
Smithsonian Institution
Photo(shopped) studio of an artist
Caroline Tamtama (tamtama)
THEN NOW

Caroline Tamtama loves Commons photo remixes so much that she’s created a separate group just for sharing and talking about those. Are you also Inspired by the Commons?

Fernand Cormon (LOC)

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Fernand Cormon (LOC)

Bain News Service, publisher.
Fernand Cormon (LOC), between 1910 and 1915.
The Library of Congress: LC-B2- 2583-9

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Indicommons for iPhone and iPod Touch adds maps

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Development, Tools

Time to upgrade!

Version 1.1 of Indicommons for iPhone and iPod Touch is now available in the Apple App Store, and you want it — because like us, you love maps. The Indicommons app now shows the location of any geotagged Commons photo on a ma — perfect for hunting for that Then & Now location.

If you’re enjoying the app, stop into Flickr App Garden and “fave” it, or let us know what you like about it and what you’d like to see added. (While you’re there, check out more of dopiaza’s apps!)

Gannet, or Solan Goose

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Gannet, or Solan Goose

creator: Richard Kearton
Gannet, or Solan Goose, Published 1905
National Galleries of Scotland: PGP R 888.12

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Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Lakes National Park

Posted by Nina in Best of The Commons
Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Lakes National Park

creator: unknown
Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Lakes National Park, 1946
Galt Museum & Archives: P19941013007

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Geolocating the First World War with Nationaal Archief

Posted by Thijs van Exel in Articles

On October 21, 2008, the Nationaal Archief and Spaarnestad Photo became the first Dutch heritage institutions to place a small selection of their photos on Flickr in The Commons. Within two weeks, the photostream of the Nationaal Archief had over 400,000 page views and 400 comments. These large numbers were caused by the extensive amount of attention the media dedicated to the initiative — resulting in, among other things, articles in national newspapers De Volkskrant and Het Parool, radio reporting by the Wereldomroep, and, most spectacular of all, a prime-time news item in NOS Journaal (causing page views to rise up to 100,000 in one night). This initiative was started as a pilot project to involve the broad audience in photographic collections and metadata generation. The pilot proved successful: with almost 2,000 comments and over 6,800 tags added, Nationaal Archief has incorporated the use of Flickr as a standard feature for public presentation and metadata generation.

dc57gvcz_38f3qbztds_bRecently, Nationaal Archief has launched another Flickr pilot: Mapit1418.nl, an online tool aimed at collecting geographical metadata on a selection of photos from World War I. Partly thanks to The Commons, Nationaal Archief has gathered quite a lot of data on this collection, but for most of these photos the locations are unknown. With Mapit1418.nl, the archive seeks to research what significant role a geotagging game can play in adding specific knowledge to its collections.

Mapit1418.nl is a mashup of two data streams: a subset of Nationaal Archief’s Flickr photos and Open Street Map data. A new and simple website was developed as a game “shell” for the mashup. The game is simple: select a photo, study it, and add it to the (suspected) right location on the map, adding an “argument” for that location (”I recognize that bell tower in the background”) or even a photo of that same location today. Earlier locations can be overruled by every new player, but selection of the “right” location (some degree of uncertainty will always remain) is in hands of the jury: every month, from a pool of the most frequent players a jury selects a winner. He or she (we see an almost even distribution of men and women on the website) wins large reproduction of a WWI photo.

Up till now, some 50 locations have been added to the photos. Since we aim at WWI “knowledgeables”, discussion tends to develop around specific themes. Some users disagree about the origins of a certain war vessel — a phenomenon we love to observe and stongly encourage. Hopefully it will lead to a just location in the end …

www.mapit1418.nl (sorry, only in Dutch)
Open now until April 24, 2010

Thijs van Exel works with Kennisland,
developers with Nationaal Archief of Mapit1418.nl.

Some Corner of a Foreign Field

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Best of The Commons

Marking Armistice Day, around the world. We remember.

After the battle on the Menin Road, France, 1917
After the battle on the Menin Road, France, 1917
State Library of Queensland, Australia

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Gunner Thomas Harold Burton, 178 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Posted by zyrcster in Best of The Commons
HU_093371

unknown
GUNNER THOMAS HAROLD BURTON, 178 BRIGADE, ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY , 1915
Imperial War Museum: HU_093371

Killed in action during World War I.

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