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From food to buildings and beyond: what happens when a library opens its digital collections to human-computer collaboration

From food to buildings and beyond: what happens when a library opens its digital collections to human-computer collaboration

Keynote presentation at Collections as Data 2020: Making Meaning, in Brisbane, Australia.

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Mauricio Giraldo

March 06, 2020
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  1. hello

  2. mauricio giraldo arteaga

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  6. not a real library scientist

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  31. access digitization metadata public traditional digital library program

  32. access digitization metadata public engagement R+D

  33. so you’ve digitized… now what?

  34. food

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  48. nytimes.com/2005/11/01/science/earth/old-menus-provide-clues-about-shifting-seafood-tastes.html chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/A-M-scientist-pores-over-menus-to-analyze-fishing-1671558.php

  49. there’s lots of data in the menus

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  52. OCR result

  53. OCR result

  54. OCR result

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  58. menus.nypl.org

  59. 1.3 million dishes transcribed from 17.5k menus

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  64. curatingmenus.org — @katie_rawson and @trevormunoz

  65. curatingmenus.org — @katie_rawson and @trevormunoz

  66. npr.org/sections/money/2012/08/13/158719677/a-new-york-steakhouse

  67. itunes.apple.com/us/app/vintagemenus/id625772478?mt=8

  68. @_BadTaste_ by @bibliotechy

  69. buildings

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  83. jennyodell.com/peripheral-landscapes — @the_jennitaur cc: @ElectricObjects

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  87. “Joe’s Pizza on Carmine” latitude: 40.730592 longitude: -74.002150

  88. what if… information about the past was just as accessible?

  89. libraries* have the data * and archives, museums, historical societies

    etc.
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  93. maps.nypl.org - @tim_waters, @schuyler, @bombayologist, @mattknutzen

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  96. *this is a simulation. actual process is intensive. consult your

    mathematician before trying
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  106. footprint material use type street names address floors name class

    geo location year skylights backyards
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  109. bottleneck

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  111. like OCR for maps

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  115. buildinginspector.nypl.org

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  120. footprint material use type street names address floors name class

    geo location year skylights backyards
  121. check YES FIX address color fix *footprints marked as “NO”

    go to building heaven
  122. fix address classify

  123. place names

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  125. 1.1 million+ contributions

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  127. 1852-1854

  128. 1855-1862 1852-1854

  129. mgiraldo.github.io/toponyms

  130. mgiraldo.github.io/toponyms

  131. mgiraldo.github.io/toponyms

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  135. mgiraldo.github.io/toponyms

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  137. spacetime.nypl.org - @bertspaan

  138. space

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  141. 91PH021.338 1938 Gelatin silver print The American Country Woman Dorothea

    Lange (American, 1895-1965) 5. Woman of the High Plains. "If you die, you're dead. That's all." Texas Panhandle, 1938 Print Size: 13 x 10 3/8 in. (33 x 26.4 cm) Mat / Mount (matted ): 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm) Matted. Title from typed notes in cloth-bound binder produced by Lange, "From the files of Dorothea Lange, Final editing, June 1965". See accompanying box for binder. Quote by J.Russell Smith on page 10 [unpaginated]. Negative number: 38258 On recto (signed and dated in ink): Dorothea Lange 1938-1965. On verso (handwritten in ink): negative number 38258; (stamped in blue ink): PROPERTY OF // THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY // PICTURE COLLECTION; (handwritten in felt-tip marker): 5 // in Series
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  144. “trapped” in an internal system

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  147. it’s not linked to other resources

  148. ©

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  151. geography as a classification system

  152. how can we bring it to life?

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  158. but is it an Authority File?

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  161. food, buildings, space as data

  162. thanks to my (former) colleagues Willa Armstrong, Shawn Averkamp, Paul

    Beaudoin, Brian Foo, Josh Hadro, Shana Kimball, Tom Listanti, Matthew Miller, Winnie Quinn, Leonard Richardson, David Riordan, Eric Shows, Ben Vershbow…
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  164. thank you @mgiraldo