Archive for September, 2009

Interesting links

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Below you’ll see some interesting reading material which could be useful one way or the other for our project Images for the Future (and of course other digitization projects). Click here for previous links. Some of the entries are in Dutch.

1. Top 10 Things library administrators should know about technology
2. Meer geld voor mediawijsheid in Miljoenennota
3. Digitalisering kind van de rekening
4. Munich Digitisation Centre
5. Open Images at the Europeana Plenary
6. Beeld en Geluid lanceert Dutch Footage
7. Deze staat in de EU-bieb
8. Kijker bepaalt inhoud 48 Hour Film Project
9. Europese Commissie wil één Europese auteurswet


Open Images at the Europeana Plenary Conference

Monday, September 14th, 2009


On September the 15th Open Images will be presented as a case study and launched as a public beta during the Europeana Plenary 2009 meeting in The Hague:

Europeana is about ideas and inspiration. Europeana plenary 2009 “Creation, Collaboration & Copyright” will bring ideas and inspiration to the next level – it will explore different possibilities of content re-use, mash-up and APIs. The plenary will also address public domain and associated copyright issues.

With Charles Leadbeater as a keynote speaker and a focus on giving open access to cultural heritage this promises to be a relevant event to present Open Images. The whole programme can be found here.

Please feel free to have a look at our public beta:


Interesting links

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

1. The arts are getting smart
2. Europe’s Digital Library doubles in size but also shows EU’s lack of common web copyright solution
3. More Video Wanted — If They Can Get It
4. Tech giants unite against Google
5. Franse Bibliothèque Nationale bij Google Books
6. Gratis en toch legaal films downloaden
7. Meanwhile on the other side of the world
8. Waakhond digitale burgerrechten Bits of Freedom is terug
10. How Imogen Heap connected with fans

The European Commission has released a comunication about the next steps for Europeana and digitisation in Europe

Controversial book deal

Brussels tries to fight Google book plan by overhauling EU copyright law


State of the Map conference report

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

State of the Map conference- 11 and 12 July, Amsterdam 

The State of the Map conference was held the CCC conference building in Amsterdam. During the conference an impressive number of speakers held presentations about the current state of the Open Street Map, community activities in different countries, issues about increasing and maintaining the community and projects based on the open street map.

The open street map community has grown substantially over the last few years and the Open Street Map (OSM) is used and recognized more and more as an alternative for licensed applications. Unlike other maps, OSM is made by a community of mappers who all contribute to the project and constantly provide updates. The data can be used under a Creative Commons Attribution/ShareAlike licence, version 2 (CC-BY-SA 2.0)

According to Steve Coast, the founder of OSM, the next step is to attract a wider audience of users and to bridge the gap between the early adopters and the crowd. One way of doing this is to make OSM easier to use by creating some form of structure.

Another problem is the evaluation of the data. Muki Haklay, Senior Lecturer in Geographic Information Science of University of London, addressed issues regarding the quality of the data. What is good data and who will be the judge of that. According to Maklay the quality of data can be judged in different ways. He compared the data of OSM to other licensed maps, like for instance Meridian. He found OSM to be at least as accurate as the other maps. He also contradicted the theory of the wisdom of the crowds: During his evaluation of OSM he discovered that the accurateness didn’t necessarily correlated with the number of contributors. The idea of the wisdom of the crowds (the greater the number of contributors, the better the quality of the data) didn’t always prove to be correct. For instance, some parts of the map of England were created by one of two people and provided more accurate data then some parts that were created by a larger number of contributors.  

Although it’s great to have a growing community, there is also a risk that growth will change the open nature of the community.  This is already the case with Wikipedia, where changes to lemmas about living people have to be approved by an administrator before publication. This new turn in the policy of Wikipedia is caused by the popularity of the encyclopaedia and a growing community (Mashable). It would be interesting to see how OSM will be dealing with similar issues as the community grows. However, these issues were hardly addressed during the conference.     

Another interesting part of the conference were sessions in which projects where showcased that use OSM.  Frankie Roberto, experience designer, from Manchester presented a method to map changes of the architecture and landscape over the course of time, turning a static map into a dynamic and layered one. Nationaal Archief and Kennisland presented their project MapIt1418, part of mages for the Future, in which tagged photos from the Nationaal Archief on Flickr were combined with OSM.  

Designing an application with OSM might be free and open, but users still have a responsibility to the community as Frederik Ramm from Geofabrik pointed out in his presentation. Data should always be given back to the community and contributors have to be credited at all times. It is also very important to be open to the community and deal with conflicts of interest. The OSM community and the issue of how to stay an open community were clearly the main subjects during the conference and although some issues have been resolved, OSM will stay a dynamic project, a constantly changing mapping community. As proven by MapIt1418, OSM can also be used for a different way of representing data. It therefore can become very valuable for our digitalized audiovisual heritage.