Libraries at University of Oregon and Oregon State University Collaborate to Build State History Web App
From The Register-Guard:
If you are curious about a historic building anywhere in Oregon, step up to its curb, whip out your cellphone (or tablet), click on buildingoregon.org, and you may find historic photos, dates, architects’ names and details about architectural style.
The mobile-friendly, map-based website is one more way that history is coming alive in the burgeoning digital landscape.
People’s connection to history is often through the built environment,” said UO librarian Ed Teague, who launched the underlying collection of 22,000 photographs with documentation.
The UO has the digitized database, and OSU built the platform to make it accessible to amateur historians, researchers, faculty and the merely curious.
“It leverages our respective strengths,” OSU head librarian Faye Chadwell said.
For the projects, OSU Libraries created an open technical framework to be used by such cultural heritage representatives as museum curators, archivists and publishers (the source code is on GitHub).
The collaboration makes the money go further, Chadwell said.
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