LookBackMaps Joins Historypin

I’m excited to announce that I’m joining Historypin, the location-based community driven history website, as Strategic Partnerships Director.

Historypin was created by We Are What We Do, a London-based non-profit with a simple mission: create stuff that makes it easier for people to do small, good things every day. Joining forces, our work at the intersection of history and technology will be placed in the bigger context of social and cultural discovery, intergenerational dialogue, family history and storytelling, and community development.

In my new role at Historypin, I’ll be working with libraries, archives and museums to develop collaborative tools and platforms to help share their collections, leading Historypin’s work in Linked Open Data, and leveraging data interoperability for the common good. I’ll also be responsible for establishing our U.S. presence in San Francisco.

Next week, I’ll be in New York to accept the Webby Award for best Charitable/Not-for-profit site on Historypin’s behalf. This significant recognition honors both the innovative work of the Historypin team and the importance of the many collaborative web projects emerging from the cultural heritage sector.

Historypin is still in beta form and will officially launch on July 11, 2011.

Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to working with you in my new role!

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8 Responses to LookBackMaps Joins Historypin

  1. Dan Brown says:

    Congratulations and I look forward to working with you

  2. Robert Bowdidge says:

    Jon, how will this affect the photos already on lookbackmaps.com?
    * Will photos from lookbackmaps.net be brought over to Historypin, or should we be creating new collections over there?
    * Will lookbackmaps.net stay around for a while?

    Thanks!

    Robert

    • jonvoss says:

      Hi Robert,
      At least for awhile, there won’t be any change on the LookBackMaps.net site, for better or worse. And if you’d like me to send you a spreadsheet with the metadata and information you’ve contributed, I’d be happy to.

      One of the main differences between LookBackMaps and Historypin is that you can’t upload photos onto LookBackMaps. It was initially designed to help geocode photos already digitized and presented on other sites. The good side of that is that you could add photos that you don’t control without having to scrape a copy from their site and then upload under your own user account. The bad side of that is that when institutions or sites change things around or go away, we’re left with broken links.

      Anyway, feel free to keep posting on LookBackMaps, but of course I’d encourage you to check out Historypin as well! :)

      Jon

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