Received word about this great program from Micah Vandegrift:
From Records to Data: Seeing and Sharing Digital Cultural Heritage Collections Differently With Recollection
Date: Thursday, May 19th, 3:00-4:30
Location: Brooklyn Public Library - Central Branch
Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture
In the library, archives, and museum world we have a tendency to think about things in digital collections as “objects” or “records.” In many ways we bring the strengths and limitations of thinking about this information like cards in a catalog as opposed to data in a database. This demonstration will walk through how Recollection, a free and open source web application, is being developed to help us see our data differently, and ultimately make it as easy as possible for us to share those new ways of seeing our collections with any and everyone. Briefly, Recollection is a free open source platform for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow scholars, librarians and curators to explore digital collections in novel and intuitive ways. This demonstration will show how content stewards can ingest collections from spreadsheets, sets of MODS records, or RSS and Atom feeds and then generate a range of interactive visualizations, including charts and maps, as well as sophisticated faceted browsing interfaces for users of their digital collections. It will conclude by showing how users can use simply copy-paste from Recollection to embed visualizations and interfaces anywhere on the Web. Recollection is under active development by NDIIPP partner, Zepheira, LLC . If you are interested in participating in the Recollection beta please contact NDIIPPaccess at loc.gov and we can create an account for you.
Trevor Owens is a Digital Archivist with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) at the Library of Congress and a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. Before coming to the Library of Congress he worked as the community lead for the Zotero project at the Center for History and New Media and before that for the Games, Learning, and Society Conference. At the Library of Congress he is involved in a range of software projects related to discovery and access of digital cultural heritage collections.