Author Archives: jonvoss

San Bruno: Disaster and Digital Artifacts

Like most people in the Bay Area, I’ve been watching the tragedy of the natural gas explosion in San Bruno on September 9 with great concern and sympathy. Focused on the current pain and suffering, I hadn’t really thought of the history of the area much, until an avid LookBackMaps user, Robert Bowdidge, posted a comment on an entry he had submitted months earlier from the San Bruno Public Library. It was a photo of the Crestmoor housing development sometime in the sixties, and the newly minted homes you can see in the foreground, he noted, “are the ones that were destroyed by the gas line explosion and subsequent fires on Sept. 9, 2010.” Continue reading

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Announcing New Website for Civil War Data 150 Project

I’m proud to announce the launch this week of the new website for the Civil War Data 150 project (“CWD150″).  As we explain on the site, CWD150 is a collaborative project to share and connect Civil War related data across … Continue reading

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TimeTravelTourism: SF

It’s hard to imagine the magnitude of the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco.  But we built the LookBackMaps iPhone app for that very purpose: to see the then and now out on the streets of San Francisco.  There’s just something … Continue reading

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Vote for our SXSWi 2011 Panel!

Voting will be open through August 27 for the SXSW Panel Picker. Please take a minute to give us a thumbs up vote! Innovating & Developing with Libraries, Archives & Museums Organizer: Jon Voss, LookBackMaps Description: For centuries, libraries, archives, … Continue reading

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Curating or crowdsourcing unconferences?

(Cross posted on THATCamp Bay Area) There are a lot of great things about being involved with THATCamp, and I’m super excited about having the opportunity to help organize THATCamp Bay Area October 9-10, 2010.  Not least of those great … Continue reading

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LookBackMaps Summer Tour

I’ll be on a whirlwind of summer meetings/vacation/travel around the Midwest/East Coast, and may be coming to your town. Definitely drop me a line (jon at lookbackmaps dot net) to set up a get together or informational meeting about LookBackMaps, … Continue reading

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Webcast/Slides from SJSU lecture 6/15/10

Here are the slides from my June 15th guest lecture, which is now available as a webcast (Firefox or IE required), and as a free video podcast on iTunes. Thanks for having me San Jose State! I’ve also published the … Continue reading

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jr. web crawling

Yesterday I was working on a project to retrieve 1st and 2nd degree Twitter followers for an unconference prior to a list being built. These were listed on individual WordPress pages under a single directory. I used a two step … Continue reading

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Twitter Network Visualization to Measure Events

I put together a brief write-up following on my Mapping Social Networks white paper, in which I used the Twitter API to monitor a network of unconference participants before and after the event. This kind of analysis can be a useful … Continue reading

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Slides from Where2.0 with Barbara Hui 04/01/10

From Where2.0 presentation, Mapping Historical Photos For The Common Good

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