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NEW WAYS OF EXPLORING DIGITAL COLLECTIONS FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY JAMIE ROGERS A Map Through Time Virtual Historic Cities
Coral Gables Virtual Historic City & What do these projects have in common? They were both built upon existing collections and partnerships They were initiated by a drive to increase user access through new modes of discovery They both reach new audiences through cross discipline content, discoverable through a single interface They were both built on a common software platform, SobekCM (developed by UF), furthering the technical collaboration between FIU and UF
Partnerships City of Coral Gables, City Hall and the Coral Gables Historical Resources Department since 2005 Florida International University Digital Collections Center (DCC) Florida International University Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department Florida International University Department of Landscape Architecture University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) Coral Gables Virtual Historic City
Coral Gables Virtual Historic City Project Background P roject plans to incorporate multiple collections from the South Florida Region Advisory Board consisting of museum professionals, archivists, library professionals, GIS experts, architects, city officials, etc. Coral Gables funding of initial project scope Successes, new partnerships, and expanding the project NEH and IMLS grant proposals have been submitted
History of Collaboration Coral Gables Memory http://coralgables.fiu.edu/
The Talking Book The Talking Book is an online interactive book, which focuses on the people, places, and events that shaped the City of Coral Gables in its early history. The project has two parts. The first is a narrative telling the story of the City's history. The second is a database of photographs, texts, and ephemera related to the City.
The Talking Book provided context to the existing digital collection. A great benefit of online publishing is the ability for users to make connections with additional information sources. The majority of the work performed by the Digital Collections Center at FIU is the digitization and dissemination of primary source materials (photographs, rare texts, ephemera, oral histories, etc.) The talking book provided an opportunity to make these materials available in a way that delivers context for the user, and allowing them to venture on an information discovery path.
Existing Digital Collections Collection Media Scope/Descrip tion Time Period # of Items Coral Gables Memory Photographs Coral Gables Homes 1940s 1950s 5,000+ Photographs Historical People/Places/E vents 1920s 180+ Ephemera Postcards, Booklets, Advertisements 1920s 10+ Texts Minute Books and other 1925 1952 20+ Miami Metropolitan Archive Texts Zoning, Development, Advertising, Housing 1930s 6
Legislative Minute Books
New Resources Task Quantity Completed Create audio narratives for the Coral Gables Virtual Tour, which include information about 48 landmark descriptions and associated audio Add geospatial metadata and standardize temporal metadata of existing collection (Kerdyk residential photographs as well as other digital objects) 5000+ records, 10000+ files Digitize content for the collection (photographs and other ephemera) held at the Coral Gables Historical Resources Department as well as textual materials 732 photographs, 1000+ files 23 books, pamphlets, etc. Digitize maps held at the University of Miami 14 Digitize aerials from 1920s and on 10 Test load items into current beta digital repository system 100 records
GIS Data Type Description Historical Aerial Photographs 2010 at 25 Year Intervals Sanborn Maps 1899 1924 Property Parcels, Streets, Building Outlines Historical Maps ( with Streets and Landmarks) 1880 1920 Landmarks and Streets Vegetation Data Vegetation Census Historical/Municipal Boundaries and Census Boundaries Census Places; Census Tracts from 1970 On NOAA Historical Hurricane Data 1926
Functionality Temporal tool sliding time bar Spatial tool display of search results on Google maps geo locate all historic archive items Overlay tool scanned and rectified historical maps can be dragged onto Google Maps interface transparency can be adjusted to see changes take place over time Virtual tour routing tool connects one or more historic landmarks, which has audio, text and photos imbedded 3D models historic landmarks
Search & Discovery
A Map Through Time Future Directions 1) Crowd sourcing tools for populating content 2) Incorporation of quantitative data (e.g. historical census data) within the virtual city 3) Inclusion of a bicycle /pedestrian route planner for visiting historic sites 4) Expansion of the Virtual City to other historical cities in Florida or US
Contact Info Jamie Rogers Assistant Director of Digital Collections rogersj @ fiu.edu Jennifer Fu Head of GIS and DCC firstname.lastname@example.org Boyuan (Keven) Guan Lead GIS Programmer email@example.com
Unearthing St. Colonial Heritage Funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. John R. Nemmers University of Florida Society of Florida Archivists, May 2013
UF and St. Augustine Long history of UF working with city (archaeology, architecture/historic preservation, etc .) Management of state owned properties (38 buildings and 23 parcels managed by UF)
Digitization of St. Augustine Holdings Given importance of city and research demand, UF has been scanning items over the last 15+ years (mostly internal funding) UF Digital Collections (UFDC, http ://ufdc.ufl.edu ) UFDC uses the UF developed open source SobekCM software ( http://ufdc.ufl.edu/sobekcm ) 2009 Historic St. Augustine project ( http:// ufdc.ufl.edu/hsa1 ) scanned Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board block/lot files Two Grant Funded Projects: Saving St. ( 2010 2012) Unearthing St. ( 2012 2014)
Architecture, Archaeology & History
Project Partners University of Florida (UF) George A. Smathers Libraries City of St. Augustine Heritage Tourism City of St. Augustine Archaeology program St. Augustine Historical Society
Collections Government House maps and overlays of the city, architectural drawings of historic structures, etc. St Augustine Historical Society Spanish Colonial documents, transcriptions and English language translations St Augustine Archaeology Program records, photographs and site summaries for 100 excavations Herschel Shepard Collection (UF Libraries Architecture Archives) drawings, photos and documents related to colonial buildings P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History (UF Libraries) maps and historical documents.
Supports Diverse Research Architecture/historic preservation archaeology Florida and U.S. history Spanish & British colonies Native Americans slavery exploration social and economic development urban planning missionary work military defenses and warfare etc. History Architecture/ Historic Preservation Archaeology
Identifying Structures/Sites Structure/site name(s) Street address( es ) Florida Master Site File number, City Archaeology number, Plat book number, etc. Lat /Long coordinates Township/Range Block Lot number Example: Segui Kirby Smith House aka Segui Smith House aka Old Public Library 6 Artillery Lane or 12 Aviles Street Aviles Street = Hospital Street
Search Elements/Facets Archaeological sites (well, building foundation, trash pit, defensive wall, etc.) Building structural system (wood, stone, etc.) Dates of construction Principal historic period (1 st Spanish Colonial, British Colonial, 2 nd Spanish, Territorial, etc.) Significant renovation/reconstruction dates Historical use (residence, worship, government, business) Street address National Register? + PLUS + O bject specific metadata (e.g., creator, subject, date, etc.)
Google Map based searching/browsing
Ability to create/save maps
Source: http ://www.philaplace.org
Expanding scope (non Colonial St. Augustine) Crowd sourcing to generate descriptive content/geospatial metadata Investigating new methods allowing researchers to control how they interact with digital resources New partnerships (e.g., St. Augustine Historic Preservation & Special Projects Planning mobile tours) Future Directions
http:// ufdc.ufl.edu/usach Unearthing St. Augustine's Colonial Heritage Contact Info: John Nemmers Descriptive & Technical Services Archivist University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries firstname.lastname@example.org
Coral Gables Virtual Historic City Unearthing St. More resources available online, of course (and more diverse types too) New/better ways for researchers to discover/use/interact with our resources (geographical, temporal, etc.) Both projects can serve as models for other cities/regions in Florida/Caribbean/worldwide. Not only methodology, but also technology (e.g., open source SobekCM ) What is the long term significance of these projects?
Jamie Rogers Assistant Director of Digital Collections Florida International University email@example.com John Nemmers Descriptive & Technical Services Archivist University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries firstname.lastname@example.org Questions / Comments? Coral Gables Virtual Historic City Unearthing St.