A useful game – rephotographing historic views from public collections

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Presentation given on October 6th at BAAC-LCSA Conference Aggregation and Management of Audiovisual Content in the Digital Space October 4-7, 2009, Vilnius http://www.baacouncil.org

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  • 1. A useful game rephotographing historic views from public collections Vahur Puik Tallinn University, Estonian Museum AssociationAggregation and Management of Audiovisual Content in the Digital Space BAAC-LCSA Conference, October 4-7, 2009, Vilnius http://www.baacouncil.orgPresentation available at http://www.slideshare.net/puik

2. Photographic collections are consulted and used by researchers much more than the artefacts.Estonian National Audit Offices audit No OSIII-2-6/05/57 Accounting, preservation and use of museum assets, 2005 3. Books with old photographs are being published 4. Books with old photographs are being published on a geographical basis: 5. Publisher: Tnapev www.tnp.ee 6. Books with old photographs are being published on a geographical basis oron a typological basis: 7. Publisher: Tnapev www.tnp.ee 8. Sources for strengthening identity 9. Sources for strengthening identity, creating sense of history 10. Sources for strengthening identity, creating sense of history ->LOCATION AWARENESS 11. Places, landmarks with very high image-density -> 12. Places, landmarks with very high image-density -> image-based rendering (IBR) -> 13. Places, landmarks with very high image-density -> image-based rendering (IBR) -> Photo-tourism http://phototour.cs.washington.edu/ http://Photosynth.net 14. LOCATION AWARENESS 15. verbal broadcasting in social media mobile-phone cell-based positioning wi-fi triangulation gps manual pinpointing on googlemaps geolocalisation 16. verbal broadcasting in social media mobile-phone cell-based positioning wi-fi triangulation gps manual pinpointing on googlemaps geolocalisation geotagging = embedding geographic informa- tion (longitude, latitude) in metadata 17. Historic views in public collections have their location information in textual form. 18. Historic views in public collections have their location information in textual form (place name, address).Geocoding is possible, but special vocabularies, thesauruses are needed, as toponymes have changed. 19. Many historic photographs aremissing descriptions 20. Many historic photographs aremissing descriptions,are orphan works. 21. http://filmi.arhiiv.ee/index.php?lang=est&show=fotonaitused&sub_id=100088&is_inc=fotoleiud&pilt=53 22. http://www.flickr.com/commons 23. Flickr Commons started in January 2008 24. Flickr Commons started in January 2008, first memory institution was LOC 25. Flickr Commons started in January 2008, first memory institution was LOC, by now 28 institutions have joined. 26. Flickr CommonsNB special licence: 27. Flickr CommonsNB special licence: 28. Flickr Commonsone of the main ideas in taking the public historic photographic collections to where people keep their pictures is to lose the boundaries placed on them by collecting institutions (Seb Chan) see http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/dmsblog/index.php/2008/07/21/commons-on-flickr-a- report-some-concepts-and-an-faq-the-first-3-months-from-the-powerhouse-museum/ 29. Beside friending 30. Beside friending, favoriting (bookmarking) 31. Beside friending, favoriting (bookmarking), tagging 32. Beside friending, favoriting (bookmarking), tagging, commenting 33. Beside friending, favoriting (bookmarking), tagging, commenting and adding notes on the pictures, 34. have people also located the vantage points of the historic images and taken the con- temporary views of the places. 35. have people also located the vantage points of the historic images and taken the con- temporary views of the places. 36. http://www.flickr.com/photos/powerhouse_museum/2937577694/ 37. THEN and NOW pictures =REPHOTOGRAPHY (repeat photography) 38. 1) William Henry Jackson, 1873. Gateway of the Garden of the Gods. (United States Geological Survey) 2) Mark Klett and JoAnn Verburg for the Rephotographic Survey Project, 1977. Gateway of the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colo. 3) Mark Klett and Toshi Ueshina for the Third View Project, 1997. Gateway of the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colo. 39. 1) William Henry Jackson, 1873. Gateway of the Garden of the Gods. (United States Geological Survey) 2) Mark Klett and JoAnn Verburg for the Rephotographic Survey Project, 1977. Gateway of the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colo. 3) Mark Klett and Toshi Ueshina for the Third View Project, 1997. Gateway of the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colo. 40. 1) William Henry Jackson, 1873. Gateway of the Garden of the Gods. (United States Geological Survey) 2) Mark Klett and JoAnn Verburg for the Rephotographic Survey Project, 1977. Gateway of the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colo. 3) Mark Klett and Toshi Ueshina for the Third View Project, 1997. Gateway of the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colo. http://www.thirdview.org 41. The Estonian Rephotographic Project: Peeter Tooming in the steps of Carl Sarap. 42. The Estonian Rephotographic Project: Peeter Tooming in the steps of Carl Sarap. 43. The Estonian Rephotographic Project: Peeter Tooming in the steps of Carl Sarap. 44. The Estonian Rephotographic Project: Peeter Tooming in the steps of Carl Sarap. 45. Isnt it game-like? 46. Isnt it game-like? sort of hide and seek... 47. Actually positioning games exist: http://www.GPSgames.org 48. GEOCASHING SHUTTERSPOT 49. GEOCASHING SHUTTERSPOT FOTOJAHT 50. FOTOJAHT = photo hunthttp://www.360.ee/lihtne-ja-lobus/fotojaht.html 51. people pay just for FUN 52. people pay just for FUNwhile memory institutions could offer it for FREE 53. people pay just for FUNwhile memory institutions could offer it for FREEand HARVEST INFORMATION 54. View from Tartu. Estonian History Museum collection: EAM N5635:52 55. February 2009 56. View from Tartu. Estonian History February 2009 Museum collection: EAM N5635:8 57. WIKINOMICS (Tapscott & Williams, 2008):It is time to give up the assumption that information must move from credentialed producers to passive consumers. (p. 146)Memory institutions should also orchestrate value creation rather than participate directly in it. (p. 258) 58. It could be a special dedicated solution for positioning and rephotographing 59. It could be a special dedicated solution for positioning and rephotographing in an era of modularity and interoperability 60. It could be a special dedicated solution for positioning and rephotographing in an era of modularity and interoperability there is no need to have all functions in one certain super heritage portal. 61. The task is very suitable for peering (mass collaboration), as 62. The task is very suitable for peering (mass collaboration), as1) The object of production is information /.../ 63. The task is very suitable for peering (mass collaboration), as1) The object of production is information /.../2) Tasks can be chunked out into bite-size pieces that individuals can contribute in small increments and independently of other producersWikinomics, p. 70 64. A possible scenario: 65. A possible scenario:somebody recognizes the place 66. A possible scenario:somebody recognizes the place, comments 67. A possible scenario:somebody recognizes the place, commentssomeone else reads the comment 68. A possible scenario:somebody recognizes the place, commentssomeone else reads the comment, pinpoints the approximate location on the map (manually) 69. A possible scenario:somebody recognizes the place, commentssomeone else reads the comment, pinpoints the approximate location on the map (manually)a third person sees on the map that there is an unrephoto- graphed historic picture near to his/her home 70. A possible scenario:somebody recognizes the place, commentssomeone else reads the comment, pinpoints the approximate location on the map (manually)a third person sees on the map that there is an unrephoto- graphed historic picture near to his/her home, goes and takes a snapshot with a cameraphone 71. A possible scenario:somebody recognizes the place, commentssomeone else reads the comment, pinpoints the approximate location on the map (manually)a third person sees on the map that there is an unrephoto- graphed historic picture near to his/her home, goes and takes a snapshot with a cameraphonea fourth person, a technology enthusiast, travels to the spot and reshoots the presentday view with a superior digital cam- era 72. A possible scenario:somebody recognizes the place, commentssomeone else reads the comment, pinpoints the approximate location on the map (manually)a third person sees on the map that there is an unrephoto- graphed historic picture near to his/her home, goes and takes a snapshot with a cameraphonea fourth person, a technology enthusiast, travels to the spot and reshoots the presentday view with a superior digital cam- era and takes the exact gps-reading of the vantage point 73. The process is thereby INCREMENTAL 74. Digital photography is massively accessible already 75. Digital photography is massively accessible already, GPSs will soon be integrated as well 76. Digital photography is massively accessible already, GPSs will soon be integrated as well+easy and efficient panorama stitching software is also available. 77. Byron Wolfe and Mark Klett for the Third View project, 2000. Panorama from OSullivans Pyramid Lake camera position.Inset: Timothy OSullivan, 1867. Rock formations, Pyramid Lake, Nev. 78. The role of the photographer 79. The role of the photographer, what is meaningful 80. The role of the photographer, what is meaningful/important 81. The role of the photographer, what is meaningful/important/included 82. The role of the photographer, what is meaningful/important/included, what is left out 83. The role of the photographer, what is meaningful/important/included, what is left out, what might not exist before 84. The role of the photographer, what is meaningful/important/included, what is

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