Cascadia could partner with UW Library Digital Archives
have facilities to scan a lot of images, and a supply of student labor. And
they have been receptive to the idea of CC-BY-ing parts of their collection
in the past.
On Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 4:03 AM, Lane Rasberry <lane(a)bluerasberry.com>
Could you describe briefly how the metadata on paper can be related to any
Wikimedia Commons could be a file host. If they want to see the precedent
of file hosting by institutions and the resulting reach of the media
BaGLAMa is the best demonstration that I know. Of particular interest is
"Total views in all times", which shows how many times anyone has loaded a
Wikipedia article containing one of the used images. Even rather small
institutions find good reach on Wikipedia.
Structuring metadata in Wikimedia Commons remains difficult and there is no
standard way to do it. One of the more thoughtful attempts to match
metadata with a set of files in a mass upload happened with a media
donation from the Wellcome Trust. Here is an example file -
I like the idea of this project. I would join anyone else in discussing it.
On Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 6:58 PM, Dennis Bratland <
I had a really exciting meeting with Susan
Connole of Friends of the
Ballard Locks FOBL today. I got some books and papers outlining the
construction history, and I saw some of the boxes of thousands of old
photos they have. All phases of the construction of the locks, all sorts
historic events. They have digitized most of the
photos, but they don't
have a website yet to upload them to. One solution would be to use
Wikimedia Commons to host all the photos, since its free and permanent,
> comes with the kind of file structure they need to let people access the
> The meta data for the photos is on
paper tables, so I'm thinking that if
could use OCR to read the metadata, then create a
bridge program to fill
> the data fields for a mass upload of the images. Do we have anyone who
> would want to do that kind of project?
> Coming along for the drained locks
underground tour might be as easy as
> signing an injury waiver. It sounds like I just need to stay in touch and
> show up on the right day, approximately when the tide is low in the first
> weeks of November.
> For the August FOBL meeting, they can
invite members of the historical
> societies in Ballard, Magnolia, Wallingford, etc to come and listen to us
> give a recruiting/training new editors presentation. So we should plan
> something to present.
> There's tons of history to cover
on all the public debates over if, when
> and where to build the Ballard Locks going back to the 1880s. They had a
> number of lawsuits. The project includes the Ship Canal, lowering Lake
> Washington, draining the shoreline around Renton, reversing the river
> around the Duwamish, leaving the Georgetown Steam plant high and dry.
> There's so much to write about, and the historical photos are there if we
> can go get them. No article yet on Carl S. English, and several other
> figures who built the Locks.
> And they have a whole room of antique
tools and equipment used to build
> locks, giant rivets and rivet guns, tongs, gauges and instruments. It all
> needs to be photographed.
> That's only the beginning. So we
need an outline plan, and we need to
> assign tasks.
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