Tool for easy manual geocoding of photos from the collection
(“Photographs of Sydney, pre 1885″) allowing a user to browse
contemporary street views combined with/alongside the image from 19th
Map annotated with the locations of war memorials throughout NSW (from
“Register of War Memorials in New South Wales” data). Search for those
that died by name & be shown where they might be mentioned on a
memorial. Photos of the locations (street view? / UGC). Visualisation
showing the number of people and how and when they were killed. View
deaths over time. Number of people with your name who died e.g. 189
Create a series of pictures (possibly in the form of an ipad book/app)
that shows the birds & plants drawn in images from first fleet image
set (“Collection 24: Drawings / Album of watercolour drawings of
Australian natural history, owned by Robert Anderson Seton, ca.1800″)
alongside crowdsourced photos retrieved from usrs copyright
free/creative commons) photos on the internet e.g. from flickr. Trying
to get image of the birds that is as close as possible to the first
fleet sketch. Possibly allow the user to add their own drawing/photo
of the bird? Add information from wikipedia about the bird.
Create a computer driven visualisation (possibly animation) based on convict records (“100 000 records of convicts transported to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries”). The data set (Origins, Destinations, Ships, Crimes, Aliass, Dates) would allow a visualisation the origins and numbers of people being transported to specific destinations and the stories & crimes behind their ordeal. Where were most people sentenced and why? Where did they end up, how long did it take?
Visitors could also search the visualisation looking for particular convicts by name, or origin.
Create a site combining National Library of Australia Sheet Music collection with user-contributed performances on Youtube. Allow users to rate, tag, and discuss the performances.
This would include matching up existing Youtube performances where possible.
Programatically search through images in the data file “Almost 40 000 photographs from various State Library of NSW collections” and extract faces (http://corpocrat.com/2009/08/18/automatic-face-detection-with-php-in-linux/).
Create a huge image mashup of the faces organised by date of photo & adding annotations drawn from the details.
Extensions to explore – try to use a public API to match faces to contemprary dopplegangers (Facebook API), remove the faces from the original images.
Create a site for users to visualise and annotate the difference in commercial infrastructure and use of Sydney between 1919/1940 & today
Using the images from the data feed for “Fire and Accident Underwriters Association detailed survey maps of Sydney city block plans, 1919-1940.”
Place 1919-1940 maps over/beside current maps of same area (Google Maps/OpenStreetMaps). Provide interface for viewer to annotate changes:
- companies that are still in the same location
- companies that exist but have moved? where to?
- companies that no longer exist
- architectureal/street changes
- commercial to residential & viceversa
- Add links/knowledge explaining changes.
Take the user on an interactive journey of the H.M.S. Endeavour’s voyages where they can read the journal of the captain at various points along on the way. At each journal entry the user can record their own reading and add it for other people to listen to, making the experience interactive and engaging both for them and future users.
A narrator auditioned by way of youtube can fill in the gaps in the journey with historical context.
To make the map accessible all audio data would have a text equivalent on screen and the controls would be exposed in an accessible way for blind users. The application can easily be installed on museum kiosks where it can be navigated through with simple buttons and also downloaded as an audiobook as a resource.
As we all know family history is a very popular area of research for the general public, and growing all the time.
One of the common family history queries we get is from people who want to know more about where their ancestors lived, and if possible they would like to visit the area while they are in Tasmania.
Over time names change, the name when their ancestors lived in a place may have gone through several changes over the last few hundred years. Just one example of many is that what is now the City of Burnie used to be known as Emu Bay.
My idea for a mashup is to combine some of the historical maps available via Trove with contemporary mapping platforms such as Google Maps. An example of one map that would be useful is James Wyld’s map “Tasmania or Van Diemen’s Land” available on Trove here: http://nla.gov.au/nla.map-nk2456-175
There would be an interface designed for easy access, where someone could just type in the name of the place they are looking for, along with the time period and it would take them to a Google Map location showing what it is called today, and directions on how to get there. For interest we could also add historical photographs or drawings of locations where available from various State Libraries and http://data.gov.au.
This is one of the many applications that could plug into soulsolution’s idea for a “Common map platform for all historical maps”.
Sometimes these larger applications can take time and money to build, so I also like the idea of using mashups to make a series of simple images that can demonstrate these changes over time. Once again, historical map data from Trove could be mashed with a more contemporary map and then textual information added describing the different names and what time periods they were applicable for. These images could then be printed and given to clients to provide a more visual understanding of where their ancestor’s came from, and how to visit the place today.
What I like about this is that it would be relatively simple, quick and cost effective. This would even allow volunteers at historical societies to cheaply make guides to their local areas.
This idea is called “This Place in History”, which let user check the photos taken near them, and even the old map of that area (if available). It can be used for either a mobile app or a web site, but mobile apps for devices like iPhone, iPad, or Android phones/pads are preferred, due to the nature of the touch-based gestures and the ability to determine user’s current location.
To use this app, the user firstly agrees it to use his current location, and a map will be displayed based on this location. User is able to use either gesture or buttons/scrollbars to navigate and zoom in/out. There’s a long bar called “timeline”, which has 2 points on it, one is “starting year” and the other is “ending year”. By selecting these 2 points, photos captured between these 2 years will be shown as thumbnails on the map based on the place they’ve been taken, and user can click them to see the full picture and related information like author, description, date, etc. User can save the picture, share them on facebook, twitter, or by email. User can also navigate to previous / next pictures, sorting by either time or distance.
If the old map of the current displayed place is available, there will be a scroll bar to let the map face into the past map, or the present map (that is, map or satellite image or hybrid mode). Alpha transparent effect can be used so that the old and current maps can be mixed together, with proper visual effect.
I understand that some old photos may not have geodetic information. In this case, keywords can be used to determine their positions. About map, or geodetic info is not available, additional efforts will be needed to implement the features described above.
Social networking can also be added, like making friends with people who are near you and are interested in the same history time / places / photos. People can leave comments on a certain photo. Of course, this will make things much more complex and may not be provided in the first release of the app.
choose a location e.g. Battery Point, Tasmania 200 years ago linked with google maps,crime statistics via newspapers, local history compared with current location using social and economic indicators and population growth.
I would like James Cook to start posting on Twitter as he and the crew of the H.M.S Endeavour sail south in search of the fabled “Great Southern Continent”. Cook’s journal (available at http://data.gov.au/2501) makes for compelling reading, and promises:
Action! “Upon this, I fired a musquet ball at the boat. They thought themselves out of reach and shook again their paddles at us”
Suspense! “Saw no inhabitants, but fires in the night, proof the country is not uninhabited.”
Intrigue! “Hove up the anchor by the ship and found his body entangled in the buoy rope.”
Each tweet could link to the original journal page, engaging a new generation of readers and allowing the adventure to continue.
I have set this up for him: @CaptnJamesCook
I would like it if somebody could take a single page from a newspaper over a period of time (e.g. single page from each Courier Mail one per year for last 60 years) and digitise it and selct text and create tag cloud using text. I think it would be interesting to see the popular terms, rise of new words, changing themes etc as reported in the media over a period of time.
How was the continent of Australia mapped out by land, sea and air? Images from State Library Collections can be linked to a Google map so that when you click on a specific area of the map, images of the explorers who traversed that area will pop up. The application will link the images of famous European/Australian explorers to relevant diaries, books and old maps using datasets from the various state libraries and old film clips from the National Film & Sound Archive. A map overlay superimposed on the Google map will indicate the location of Aboriginal Tribal boundaries since it is the Aboriginal tracks that the European explorers followed.
The application will bring to life the intrepid journeys of sea explorers such as Hartog, Tasman, Flinders, Baudin & Bass, land explorers such as Sturt, Eyre, Leichhardt , Mitchell, Wentworth and their Aboriginal and convict companions, of air explorers like Kingsford Smith, Charles Ulm, Nancy Bird Walton, Goble and McIntyre’s 1924 circumnavigation of Australia as well as the Antarctic expedition of Shackleton, documented by photographer Frank Hurley.
The application will be of interest to teachers, students and the general public who are interested in the stories behind these explorations.
What was Australian life like over the past 100 years? What did people such as our grandparents and great grandparents do for work? for recreation? for holidays? What kind of houses did they live in? What music did they listen to? What entertainment did they have? Who was prime minister at that time? It is obvious from ancestry-type TV programs that these are questions that intrigue modern day Australians. However, a person researching background information for their family history is likely to find the vast wealth of material a veritable minefield to traverse.
We need an application that combines information from various datasets covering the past 100 years in Australia. Photo collections from the Hood and Hall collections (NSW State Library), Argus Collection (Vic ) and similar photo collections from other State libraries and the National Library, can be linked with oral histories (State Library NSW, National Library & Trove), articles from Australian newspapers, relevant books & diary extracts (Trove database) and recordings from the Music Australia website plus the Sheet Music Collection related to various time periods, information about Australia’s Prime Ministers and important decisions that affected lives of ordinary Australians as well as audio recordings of significant political speeches (National Archives)
When the user selects a specific event such as the Great Depression or a decade such as 1950s, the application would display photos of that era, a list of relevant oral histories, including online recordings where available, Prime Ministers of that period, audio recordings of their speeches and a list of their important decisions, recordings of music & songs, a list of sheet music from that period, artistic performances that took place, diary extracts & either a list of or extracts from Australian newspaper articles, thereby creating a wonderful overview of life at any given time during the past 100 years.
Use a chronology-based structure to create a history app / teaching resource that offers NSW history through the eyes of different historical figures. NSW schools are now teaching perspective when it comes to various historical sources and this would be a resource to assist this area of the syllabus.
One example would be the very different perspectives of Aboriginal people and white settlers.
Another example might be to use Frank Hurley’s deliberately provocative war photos vs his motives in taking them.
We could also showcase various perspectives on various collection items.
This app would be a walking tour of Sydney’s colonial history.
Use a location-based GPS structure to show what any given location in Sydney looked like, what was happening, and who the key players were.
Using photos, newspapers and maps, we could show streetscapes and landmarks and tell the stories based on those locations. Multiple time periods could be offered also.
This would be a digital story creating app. Users would be able to create digital stories from creative commons material (including various State Library digitised data sets).
Good ones could be submitted to the libraries who could filter them for use on their own websites.
Making available the fruit from an area/region that can be collected by/used by welfare agencies that provide food for those in need. Fruit is particuarly expensive & one of the fiirst things removed from a families shopping list. This idea is to encourage the community to provide fruit to welfare agencies that would otherwise be discarded. This idea is along the lines of ‘secondbite’
Following the ‘self serve’ trend that has become the apparent choice for many of late, I think a basic app for each state library that could act as a guide or help desk for the particular library should be created.
A few necessary features would include:
General information such as opening hours, contact numbers, address and internet availability.
Information on becoming a member of the library, what you need to be able to become one and what being a member enables you to do.
A map of the library, along with a brief description of each reading room, location of toilets and drinking fountains, lockers and information desks.
A program that would locate a specific call number, allowing you to enter in the call number of a particular item and have its location displayed on screen (this could be as general as the room or as specific as the aisle).
Information on rare printed books, manuscripts etc. and how to get access to them.
Certain things that are not made obvious to patrons of libraries – such as whether or not it is a lending library and how to access the internet – could very easily be put across through an app such as this. Having the information available in multiple languages would make it easy for everyone to have access to.
I think both libraries and patrons would benefit from an app such as this, and I also think that this is the next logical step to keep libraries relevant in the digital age.
There is some awesome content published by the libraries participating around historical mapping.
The issue is these are simply images, there is no way to visualise, reference and compare multiple maps over time.
I propose a Tile Map Service (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tile_Map_Service) be made available as a single endpoint to all of this data.
This requires every map be georeferenced in its highest quality form allowing for it to be served in common projection formats like web spherical mecator. This will allow tools like open layers, osm, google maps, bing maps and many more to easily overlay the layers in a few lines of code. This in turn will allow a whole range of ideas, like many listed here, to be made a reality.
A collaborative administration site will present the maps waiting to be georeferenced with instructions and tools available for vollenteers to help by donating time and expertise to match points of reference on the map to points on an accurate base map.
Further a historical timeline can be created and a demonstration app published to mash up the historical maps being served by the TMS with the amazing current and recent historical maps of nearmap.com. What did Sydney look like the day the first fleet mapped it? What did it look like last week (nearmap)? Simply zoom to the location choose the dates on the slider and fade between.
Link a “local events” or list of local festivals site (possible partnership with Tourism Tasmania?) to the artists/singers/performers represented in our library catalogue. Then when events such as The Falls Festival, MONA FOMA, Soundscape, the Hobart Fringe or other arts’ festivals occur, customers will have a direct link to items they can borrow by those artists from our library. It could also link to books, photographs, etc., about those artists or the area the festival is taking place (for example, items about the history of Cygnet for the Cygnet Folk Festival). From Linc Tasmania.
Linc Tasmania likes the idea of mashing the Google street map (or a video tour) of the streetscape of Salamanca with old photos and histories of the shops and businesses in the area. We’d see how the street has transformed over time. We could also mash with oral histories we have of the area. A possible partnership could be forged with the relevant local history group. This idea could then be extended to other areas of Tasmania.
In Campbell Town, Tasmania, there are bricks set in the pavement with convict names and dates inscribed on them. Linc Tasmania thinks it would be good to use these as a visual element to mash with our convict records and photos. For example, you’d “click on a brick” and receive the history, and possibly a picture, of the person named. A possible partnership with the Northern Midlands Council, who administer Campbell Town, could be explored.
Use the datasets available to pull up a random assortment of names, dates, and photographs, perhaps even some short snippets of news or creative media if available. Display them in a moodboard style. Invite people to write a story based on the historical moodboard. To get the ball rolling you could get well-known Australian writers to contribute and publish their stories, while everyone else gets to join in.
Similar to the very successful British Library Treasures app, I suggest a Treasures of Australia’s Libraries app. In 2006/7 there was a travelling exhibition of identified treasures (http://nationaltreasures.nla.gov.au)from Australia’s major libraries. The proposed app would include digitised items from this selection, including iconic items such as Cook’s Journal, the Jerilderie letter, historic maps, Mabo papers, the first playbill, sheet music for Waltzing Matilda etc. Oral history selections and important Australian film clips (from the NFSA) could also be added. This app would provide access to the significant cultural and documentary resources of Australia and be of great use both as an educational tool for students and for the general users interested in having a single point of access to our heritage.
Similar to the idea of awylde I think an app that used geospatial data and the map of Aboriginal Australia and the resources of the AIATSIS Library to tell a user wherever they were in Australia on what traditional land they were on. This would be useful for people who travel and make speeches (such as public servants, politicians etc.). The AIATSIS resources could provide further information on traditional owners if required, but mainly its a simple app with a defined purpose to tell you where you are in relation to Aboriginal Australia.
I am an international student who is studying in QUT. my idea is useing the database to bulid an application that can help people who are from onter countries to seek a real meal in anywhere of Australia. It means people can find pictures,ingredients of the meal,which they want to try and can compare these information with their country because a name name can be different food or same ingredients have a very different name in different places. I have had many unhappy experiences for ordering a meal because the meal when i got was totally not i wanted to order.
Many Australians would like to learn more about the traditional importance of everyday urban landmarks and precincts to Indigenous Australians. It is incredible how many suburbs, parks, coastlines, and blocks we pass through everyday in our cities which are of particular spiritual significance to the traditional land owners.
Many mobile apps use GPS data to identify where the user is in relation to a service, a place, or another person. If we had access to a dataset with the following features:
a) one or more urban regions which are subdivided into a set of traditional Indigenous precincts,
b) for each precinct, the dataset provides (but is not limited to) the traditional owners, the history, images, an explanation of the area, estimated population, and the region’s boundary location coordinates.
If a mobile app could map the user’s current location to this dataset, the user could be notified of this information when in the vicinity. Further information can be pointed to in some kind of online encyclopedia (such as Wikipedia).
I hope this could help make access to Indigenous history easier for people, and help foster some common ground between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
What I’m looking for is an app that gives me all the memories, all at once. I want it to be able to answer questions like these: Where was that Angus & Robertson bookshop in Collins Street? What was the view from Olivers Hill like in the 1930s? How many people lived in this hick town back in the day? Wasn’t there a gruesome multiple murder here at sometime past?
You and your mobile knows when where you are (GPS), but do you know what was here before? Combining datasets that come with images (like Picture Australia and Flickr – archived Google Streetviews?), local histories (like from the SLV’s Australiana Index), statistics (like Victoria’s Suburbs in Time), articles (Wikipedia, plus Trove and Google News Archive digitised newsspaper articles), old websites (like from Pandora) and genealogy (can we access things like old BDMs, Sands and McDougal or electoral rolls?), this hack would provide multi-layered and scalable timespace histories from street locations, to towns, cities, regions and states.
Enable sharing, comments, Like and all that social media stuff.
This would be great for tourists, history buffs, educators and students.
Our village is some distance from the nearest library and so we are keen on swapping books with one another. We do this very informally and easily lose track of who borrowed what from whom. There are no doubt more people out there who would like to swap books, but we don’t necessarily know who they are or how to contact them. What we need is a website where we could list what’s on our bookshelves and what books we’re currently swapping with whom. The difficult part is keying in all the book details – the authors, titles etc. But of course the State Libraries already have these details in their catalogues. If we could have access to existing book data we could use this as the basis of our own bookshelf listings and build our book swapping site on top of that.
This is all a bit hard for us since we don’t have the web development skills. But fortunately quite a lot of the work has already been done by a developer in the UK called Adrian Short. He kindly made his booksharing software ‘open source’ so anyone could use it. And we want to.
Our proposal is to build on this, using State Library catalogue data and create a book sharing site for our small village on the banks of the Hawkesbury River in NSW. If it’s successful, we could roll it out to every community in Australia that wants to share their books easily and neatly: the Big Bookshelf!
Just because there’s a website doesn’t mean there’s no face to face engagement, of course. In fact one of the attractions of the scheme would be that it would encourage people to come together in person to swap the actual books, maybe chat about them a little and in that way get to know one another better. On top of that we would love to run the odd ‘Big Bookshelf’ event in our village hall, where we all bring lamingtons or ANZAC biscuits and a book to share.
There’s a version already working, to give you an idea of what the project could look like. And we’ve already started a blog to share ideas and resources:
Discovering and settling Australia – a teaching resource for Australian history
Create an overlay utilizing a Google maps API that will show the location of HMS Endeavour at any given day during it’s journey of discovery. Attach scanned pages and transcripts from the Journal of the HMS Endeavor, 1768-1771 (National Library of Australia) to each point, highlighting significant dates and discoveries.
Also – though not part of the listed datasets for this competition – attach entries from Joseph Banks Endeavor Journal (at the State Library of NSW) – particularly those relevant to the discovery of Australian Flora and Fauna to this layer.
Create a second overlay utilizing the journals in the First Fleet Collection (State Library of NSW) that will show the First Fleets location on any given day during it’s journey to Australia – with interesting transcripts, scanned diary entries and artworks attached to these points and with significant dates highlighted
This project could be extended to cover other significant journeys of discovery around Australia where journals and diaries can be found in public collections.
I would like to see a useful conspectus that provided information on which Australian libraries held which subject specialisations. There is already some capability in ALG. However, it is of very limited value, and searching is restricted to a minimal set of subject headings and data entered by individual libraries.
Collection data is available from TROVE library location and services data is available from ALG (and other data sources e.g. for Victoria)
I wanted to link the photographic collections from the State Library of SA and Trove to Google Maps so that when you zoom in on a council area, and to specific streets, historic photos related to that area or street would pop up. This would be useful for local history groups, people researching their family history (or the history of a property), and for general historical interest.
To show how important ships were in the commerce and life of Qld towns by showing their activity by decade, and then to also show when a particular ship was most active – to provide visualisations that give more context to the images of ships in Picture Queensland, by showing the time periods the ships were active [since very little of this information is readily available from the image metadata records].
Very important data for many family historians is the name of the ship their ancestor arrived on and the port and date of arrival.
Requires data from the digitised newspapers project, from the Shipping section.
Ship’s name in Queensland newspapers, with the word shipping in Detailed lists, results, guides and then there is the frequency of results by decade in the Shipping lists. [proviso: ship’s names are often the same as people or places, and can be part of another’s ships name – so will be errors]
Display a timeline of the decades, linking out to the photos of all the ships that were active in that period, with the size of the ship photo to reflect the number of hits for that decade in the digitised newspapers [all ship images in a montage by decade, size of the image to represent how many times that ship was mentioned in the results for that decade]
Eg terms: Heinrich shipping , in Qld newspapers in Detailed lists, results, guides, by decade.
Could be done for the ship photos from State Library of Victoria, with the digitised Victorian newspapers.
1. Stitching together all the Picture Queensland thumbnail images with portrait or portraits in the record [13290 images in all or 10829 if exclude family or group(s) in subject] to make one zoom-able image in the shape of Queensland – where the images are the equivalent of pixels in Queensland image. Each “pixel” has a link to the handle of the preview image.
2. a timeline of portraits by year, to open a montage of all thumbnails for that year, with link to preview image [5091 images if exclude family or group(s)]
3. a map of Queensland with portraits by specific locations [4233 images if exclude family or group(s)]
4. a timeline of portraits by decade, each decade to open a map of Queensland with portraits by specific locations for that year [3149 images or 2304 images images if exclude family or group(s)]
Can be extended to all portraits where image sets are in library hack
I would like to see images of people dancing overlaid onto scores so that it looks like they are dancing on the score. It would be great to match images of people to music from that period.
I propose an app. for iPhone and iPad that will become an entry point for public libraries in Victoria.
Using the Victorian Public Library Branches (State Library of Victoria) dataset as a starting point Version 1.0 of the app will enable you to use your devices inbuilt GPS to locate the nearest public library on a map and give you the basic contact detailsavaiable.
The addition of enhancements that will enable you to:
• Find out if Wi-fi is available
• Discover the opening hours
• Find Links to the library
website and online catalogue
• Save a list of “favorite” libraries
Further enhancements, perhaps for Version 2.0, would include the ability to:
• Save and remember logins and passwords.
• Allow easy access to members to downloadable eresources
Data: ACT Library Service: * About 900 images from 1951-1953 featuring Canberra infrastructure (mostly housing) and community events.
I would like to see this old Canberra infrastructure data implemented within an augmented reality on a smart phone.
You could walk or drive around Canberra with your phone and hold it up to buildings to see (if there is data for it) what old buildings used to be there and what they looked like. The buildings would be augmented over the top of the current landscape viewable on the phone.
To create a map of public libraries that also contains information about services. The map to be able to filter results by services. For example find nearest public library with wifi, public internet pc’s, etc.
I have created a public library locator for victoria and the data i have is more up to date i think than the data available here, i have made it publicly accessible : https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AsT2eF1C1f0KdFVJVDJWZ3NwN2IyMHAtLWZ3bFVXSEE&hl=en
The locator is on the Geelong Regional library website: http://www.geelonglibraries.vic.gov.au/content/find-library
This idea comes from spending increasing amounts of time with my grandparents as they age. Hearing their stories of childhood, war, depression years and life.
I would love to see a mashup that includes digitized photographs matched with oral histories and memorabilia, making the story so vivid that the viewer can almost re-live their experiences.
I have seen similar things displayed in museums and galleries, but to have these histories freely available online would be extraordinary.
Enable users to access historic data about their current location through a mobile device. For example while someone may be standing on Swanston street in Melbourne the application would detect their location, recognise the street they are on, fetch data from the collection related to this street and display it with a convienent time line slider. Ideally the content would be highly visual including historical photographs of as close to the users location as possible.
Users can experience a geographical location enhanced with historical and cultural information.
Get the whole picture on any subject by accessing all areas of the subject with related relevant information.
Want to study Psychology?
Access history, modern techniques, specialist areas and case studies, etc
Want to research an historical era?.
Access events, inventions, people, war and religion, etc.
I would love to see collaboration with google maps so all Australiana can be geotagged on every library catalogue. Then using google maps users can click on a town and see a cloud of all catalogued items from victorian public libraries and Picture Victoria/Picture Australia, and google search results relating to that town. Catalogue historical routes such as the cobb & co. runs, shipping routes, old railways and existing transportation routes in layers. I think this would be very benificial to the education of children and the preservation of our past.
Using the collection data of the Powerhouse Museum, a number of applications could be developed if the pieces in the museum were mapped to a location. E.g. touch screen computers in the museum could allow visitors to search for pieces by name, year, category, etc and then be shown a map of the museum showing the exact location of the piece. This could potentially lead to more advanced applications like a Google Street-view style virtual walkthrough of the museum or even an iPhone app that would play audio commentary about pieces to visitors through their iPhone,iPod Touch or iPad while browsing the museum.
Tying in social media, web resources and archives, video, audio and voice/facial recognition create a video fly through of your world. Create a vignette of your life, bring in your family history and autogenerate a small story about you.
Use photos from Anzac Day marches from around Australia and mash it together so that it is a timeline of marches. As the years go by the images would change to demonstrate the change in who marched, how many people march, the age of the people marching, uniforms etc. Start with the earliest images and end with the most current ‘out of copyright’ images available. Would be great with a soundtrack.
An interactive representation of real estate subdivisions (a data set of maps of these has been released by the State Library of Queensland) where individual blocks on the maps are geo-coded and then linked to Google street view to tour the suburb today.
Genealogical data from data.gov.au and data.govt.nz for example; photos, newspaper articles, documents in a database searchable by name and location. Using Google maps, users can bring together a document or photo of their ancestor and attach it to a location on a map as well as entering biographical information about their ancestor.
This differs from sites such as www.samemory.sa.gov.au because it brings together biographical/genealogical information and geographic location.
This would be a useful tool for genealogists as it can help track an ancestors movements throughout their lives as well as being an open, shared record of social history.
It could be an option to include user created Google maps also.
using selected photos of city locations, paint buildings in a virtual 3D environment. the sites in the virtual city which do not have a corresponding image from the collections are either left as blank blocks or are painted with modern images. the 3D environment is navigable using either a PC or smartphone
Create public library maps for Victoria. Integrate transport data to show public transport routes to each public library. Place each library in Victoria’s history and geography by matching place names with images, historical and cultural data.
Create a tag cloud for each of the image collection data sets. Create matching terms to build relationships between the different data sets. Allow users to explore the image collections by navigating through popular tags. Allow users to locate additional related images from different library collections when viewing any sample image. Mashup images, links and other items from a variety of different websites to match the images.
The State Library of Victoria has provided data sets on Google search terms, catalogue search terms and also most popular books. Connect the dots and provide an interface that links these terms together. Match words from each dataset and create a visualisation that allows us to explore the habits and interests of library patrons. Link common terms with other websites such as Flickr and come up with a mashup that provides matching images for library patron interests.
How about a visualisation of aspects of the convicts transported to Australia – I’d love to see a breakdown of where the convict came from, how long their term was, where they were transported to, the sorts of crimes they were convicted for committing, and even their life expectancy after transportation.