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Pinning History

August 24th, 2012 | Posted by Rosalie in Archives | Libraries | Museums - (0 Comments)

Historypin map of San Francisco, with an image from 1943 of a street in my Potrero Hill neighborhood.

I recently met with Jon Voss from Historypin. If you don’t know about Historypin, I highly recommend checking it out. It allows users to ‘pin’ (upload) images and easily geo-locate them on a map. It is truly an impressive service on so many levels.

On the geeky librarian metadata level, Jon is working with libraries, archives, and museums to spread the word about linked open data and exploring the vast possibilities it offers. Worth watching out for is the upcoming International Linked Open Data in Libraries Archives and Museums Summit 2013, to be announced soon.

On the historical level, it is amazing to so easily connect the past with the present — going from historical images to current day Google street view.

And, on the community level, I particularly love Historypin’s inter-generational project, “My Grandparents are Better than Yours“. It’s really great to see how they build a sense of community around projects.