Newsletter # 1 – Wikimedia Finland arranges a seminar (February 5, 2015) and a hackathon (February 6–8, 2015) about historical maps and geodata in collaboration with the City of Helsinki. In a hackathon developers, designers and domain experts gather to create new concepts for online services or applications. Wiki Loves Maps hackathon is part of the Hack4FI event.
Seminar February 5, 2015
The seminar will bring into focus location-based projects from near and far, and discuss citizen participation in gathering and interpreting cultural heritage. The language of the seminar is English.
New York Public Library Labs designs and produces projects that engage audiences in georeferencing old maps or recognizing buildings on maps, transcribing old menus or telling stories of their New York neighborhoods.
Mapillary is a Swedish startup, whose aim is to create a map with photos of every place on Earth, an independent “street view” photographed by people. Could the same be done to historical imagery?
Working with Wikimedia volunteers on cultural heritage
Lars Lundqvist from The Swedish National Heritage Board opens the showcase session of cultural heritage partnership projects between cultural organizations and Wikimedia volunteers from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Estonia.
What kind of tools could we use to revive the bygone Aleksanterinkatu in the city center of Helsinki? We’ll familiarize with several projects that take different approaches to historical geodata.
Opportunities for citizen historians
In the Nordic countries there are several storytelling platforms created for cultural heritage, allowing the coming together of the cultural organizations’ materials and the citizens’ archives and stories. How can a third sector actor support the coalescence of public and private archives? In the panel we will look for ways to collect and recite the thousands of perspectives of collective memory.
The historical maps and aerial images in the Helsinki Region Infoshare service have become the most popular open content in the service. Now several metropolitan actors are joining forces in collecting historical archival material together ja participate in gathering materials that tell the story of yesterday’s Aleksanterinkatu.
Do you possess material about Aleksanterinkatu?
Attention museums, archives, city offices, companies, individuals or research projects! We are looking for maps, aerial images, photographs, data, printed matter or drawings about Aleksanterinkatu through times, featuring buildings, people, companies, events or traffic. You can hint and link materials you know in our Trello page or contact us!
Join the hackathon!
Participate in a project. You can also start a project and invite participants to join on the Wiki Loves Maps Trello pages!
Propose a lesson to the Wiki Loves Maps School!
Do you master a skill or a technique that will be useful to the other participants? Perhaps a piece of software or a technology. Propose a lesson! We will reserve a classroom and make a curriculum. All hackathon participants will be able to participate!
Wiki Loves Maps web
Participation in the events is free. Register and reserve your seats!