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You Caught me Mapping: Geolocation for Archivists

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Learning Center, Room 334, third floor of the National Archives at New York City, 1 Bowling Green
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Chances are that your collection descriptions already have place-related information: place names, addresses, or even coordinates. With a bit of digging, some coaxing, and a dash of normalizing, you may be able to use this data and present it on a map, and do it all using open software. Your patrons will then have powerful new ways to interact with your collections and you will likely gather new insights into your own collections along the way.

This full-day workshop will introduce you to basic and intermediate methods for linking your archival assets to maps and other geospatial resources.

In the morning, Adrianna Martinez will introduce OpenStreetMaps and other tools to make your collections more approachable and interactive. In the afternoon, Kimon Keramidas will dig into Neatline for Omeka, "a lightweight, extensible framework for creating interactive editions of visual materials." Almost all tools covered are free and open.

Please note: this is a one-day workshop and you must sign up for the full day.

Cost: $60

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“OpenStreetMaps: Applications for Digital Mapping Projects in Archives”
Adrianna Martinez

This workshop introduces the concept of mapping through the open and collaborative mapping project OpenStreetMaps. After this workshop, attendees will be familiar with three different software tools that can be used to make historical and archival material more approachable and interactive for their chosen audience. A few of the many possibilities achievable through digital mapping include: creating a visual history of a particular collection, displaying all the geographic locations the collection represents, and allowing for a guided tour of a city based in the archive. The workshop engages participants with some examples of these kinds of projects, but also highlights the importance of the “Open” movement in creating projects that are free to access and create. Additionally, we will be mapping a project of our own using one of the mapping programs, sharing our experiences along the way, and collaborating to come up with solutions and ideas for future projects.

Requirements: bring your own laptop, with access to wifi connection.

"Working with Neatline for Omeka"
Kimon Keramidas

Built as a plugin for the collection-management framework Omeka, Neatline is a lightweight, extensible framework for creating interactive editions of visual materials - maps, paintings, photographs, and anything else that can be captured as an image. For this workshop we will focus on its particular usefulness as a tool for the creation of geospatial resources and narratives. We will go through the process of creating Neatline exhibits, altering shapes and colors on maps, adding content to Neatline records, linking to external resources and Omeka objects, and creating geonarratives and timelines within Neatline.

For information on Neatline visit: https://neatline.org
For information on Omeka visit: https://omeka.org

Requirements: bring your own laptop, with access to wifi connection.


Questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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