Mobile Historical Landscapes: HistoryPlot

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Published on April 19, 2009

Author: davelester



Presented on April 4, 2009 at the American Association for History & Computing Conference. This was the first public presentation of a new project, HistoryPlot.

Mobile Historical Landscapes: Exposing and Crowdsourcing Historical Landmarks Presented by Dave Lester AAHC 2009 Conference

“2009 will once again be the year of mobile devices”

Build something useful.

DIY, welcoming failure and mistakes.

1 of 2 mistakes I'm trying to avoid: Creating all of the content from scratch would be a waste of our time. really.

The 2nd mistake I'm trying to avoid: Using complicated solutions to solve simple problems.

While the ubiquity of mobile computing and the Internet have made cartographic data increasingly accessible to the public, it remains difficult to access and interface with historical data in ways similar to business or transportation information.

How can we create a central database of historical sites?

allows users to easily find historic landmarks in relation to their physical location

The first step is to realize what we already have

what we already have: Data: National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) Technology: Omeka & PHP Participants: Enthusiasts and you.

Potential design of iPhone web version

Currently 80,000 historic sites from the United States in the HistoryPlot database

Ideas for content on sites: * Partnerships with historical societies * Ingest the abstract description of the site from wikipedia, or encourage users to add/edit that * Pull in photos from Flickr. Create an easy interface for users to upload their own photos

More * Plans to install a rate and review plugin to allow people to comment on what sites they enjoyed, and others that fell short of their expectations. And a lot more via an REST API (using the Zend Framework)..

How can historians leverage the power of open data and digital tools to engage the public?

Leveraging a Digital History Street Team Community-based DIY history enthusiasts leveraging the power of digital tools to promote an understanding of our shared histories and experiences Planning local meetups, where people help seed the website and explore their communities

REST API * Connect archival photos of local historical societies, libraries, and museums to this map. * Iphone application * Ambient soundscape * Alternate reality games (ARG)

Thank you. Let's chat Dave Lester

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