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Museums and the Web

An annual conference exploring the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line.

Radically Open Cultural Heritage Data on the Web


What happens when hundreds of thousands of archival photos are shared with open licenses, then mashed up with geolocation data and current photos? Or when app developers can freely utilize information and images from millions of books? From augmented reality and crowdsourcing at Historypin to Linked Open Data, we'll look at how developers are leveraging institutional metadata and contributing to a growing ecosystem of open historical data.  We'll explore the fundamental elements of Linked Open Data and demonstrate how rapidly growing access to metadata within the world's libraries, archives and museums is opening exciting new possibilities for understanding our past, and may help in predicting our future. We'll look into the technological underpinnings of Linked Open Data, demonstrate use cases and applications, and consider the possibilities of such data for scholarly research, preservation, commercial interests, and the future of cultural heritage data. 


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Jon Voss is the Strategic Partnerships Director of Historypin, a location-based community driven public history project. He recently organized the first International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums Summit, hosted by the Internet Archive and funded by the Sloan Foundation and...
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I am currently working at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney as the Manager of Visual & Digitisation Services that includes: Photography, Audio-visuals, The Image Resource Centre, The Photo Library and Rights and Permissions. I have worked in imaging sections for other cultural organisations in...