26.11.13

The British Library Georeferencer: new 2800 maps!

In these days you have the unique opportunity to get involved and help the British Library to georeference new digitized maps, which were selected for scanning and online publishing recently.

Nearly 2800 maps are now available online and waiting for georeferencing. It is really easy process.

See this video:

and start at:  http://www.bl.uk/maps/

This release has implemented new functionality for use within social media, including better personalisation and visualisation options. It is possible to compare two old maps and create a personal map collection with the new "My Maps" function.

Klokan Technologies also prepared new Facebook application for georeferencing maps from the BL, you can participate and in the same moment compete with your FB friends: https://apps.facebook.com/georeferencer/

Moreover, involved contributors can choose from two different collections of maps, which were selected for release:

First collection represents maps of British and Irish towns and its fire insurance plans (2500 maps). This collection provides information, which you will not find somewhere else, not just about the land use, buildings, but also about the urban landscape in the late 19thc - 20th century.




Second collection consists of military maps from the World War I and US Civic War (225 maps). Among these maps you can find trench maps, campaign charts and also ethnographic mapping.

Each contributor will see his/her details and the best contributor will be publicly announced.

For more information, please follow this link: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/magnificentmaps/2013/11/2700-new-maps-online-for-georeferencing.html

18.11.13

Battersea Arts Centre Digital Archive powered by Omeka


At the occasion of 120th anniversary celebration of the opening the building, the Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) in London together with Klokan Technologies GmbH have launched the digital archive website powered by the open-source software and online community. BAC created this vital online resource which will help to develop more partnerships, reach new audiences and follow the BAC's mission: to invent the future of theatre.




Omeka 2.0

Klokan Technologies have adjusted and deployed Omeka (http://www.omeka.org/), the open source content management system for online digital collections. Specialized in development of applications of open-source software for the culture heritage sector, we customized the Omeka core for BAC project and enriched it with new functionality and custom theme.

Omeka was designed to satisfy the needs of institutions that lack extensive technical staff and large budget and allows the archive to expand and improve as the online user community employ the available contribute function.

Technology

Unique photo wall technology has been used for exploring the attractive content (as you can see on the picture). We have applied a new fast zooming approach for even better interaction experience with the scanned photos and other digital artifacts. Audience can also use an instant search function with advanced filtering by time and additional attributes.

Klokan Technologies GmbH offer culture heritage institutions development of similar online applications, which open the archives and documents to completely new forms of exploration, discovery and online research and ensure the preservation of the originals.







11.11.13

The Austrian National Library Google Books open-source image server

The Austrian National Library scanned first 100.000 complete historical books from the beginning of 16th century until the second half of the 19th century within the project Google Books project participation. These unique historical books are now accessible online.

You can read the Press Release here:
http://www.onb.ac.at/services/presse_21764.htm

Klokan Technologies GmbH provided the Austrian National Library with the open-source IIPImage software for the display of scanned books from JPEG2000 format.


Klokan Technologies extended the mentioned open-source project with the implementation of IIIF protocol. Used protocol was defined by the consortium of people from Stanford University, Oxford University, British Library etc. (for more info please visit:  http://www-sul.stanford.edu/iiif/image-api/1.1/).

The IIIF image API specifies a web service that returns an image in response to a standard http or https request.

About 600.000 copyright-free works are supposed to be digitized.