The AddressingHistory project, which ran from April to September 2010, created an online tool to enable a broad spectrum of users, both within and outwith academia (particularly local history groups and genealogists), to combine data from digitised historical Scottish Post Office Directories with contemporaneous historical maps.
The AddressingHistory project was delivered by EDINA in partnership with the National Library of Scotland using materials already digitised under ongoing NLS programmes.
Crowd-sourcing through the AddressingHistory tool will, it is envisioned, lead to a fully geo-coded version of the digitised directories thus providing significant added-value to the general public, local historians and specialist researchers across multiple disciplines.
The project initially focused on three eras of Edinburgh mapping and Post Office Directories (1784-5; 1865; 1905-6) however the technologies demonstrated will be scalable to the full collection of digitised materials which include 750 directories and associated maps covering the whole of Scotland.
- The Web 2.0 enabled AddressingHistory tool which will contribute to crowd sourcing through the georeferencing of historical addresses.
- Increased community awareness and engagement with the digitised maps and Post Office directories at the core of this project.
- An API onto the crowd-sourced data.
- A sustainable exit strategy for the data created by users for AddressingHistory.
- Final report
The project contact is Stuart Macdonald, the AddressingHistory Project Manager.
AddressingHistory is funded as part of the JISC’s Developing Community Content programme (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/digitisation/communitycontent.aspx) and is being run by EDINA, working in partnership with the National Library of Scotland.
The programme has funded a number of projects at UK universities to create and use digital content that is useful not only for those involved in Higher Education, but also for various communities within the broader general public.
In addition to AddressingHistory there are ten projects in the programme, plus one support project, namely:
Community flood archive enhancement through storytelling (Co-FAST) – University of Gloucestershire
Exploring residents’ opinions and thoughts on the nature of flooding in Gloucestershire.
GaleriCymru- Coleg Harlech
Developing an interactive site to allow for the contribution and self-evaluation from extra mural groups studying art courses in North Wales
Mass Observation Communities Online – University of Sussex
Engaging a variety of community and volunteer groups to make contributions to the Mass Observation Archive
Digitising data for disparate communities: Naval history and climate science – University of Oxford- http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/digitisation/communitycontent/navalhistory.aspx Using crowdsourcing techniques to transcribe meteorological reports from the Royal Navy, 1914-1923
Strandlines – King’s College London
Working with the disparate communities and groups that work and live in one street in central London
MyLeicestershire – University of Leicester
Working with community groups, organisations and individuals to make openly available hidden treasures concerning the county of Leicestershire.
Community Cafe – University of Southampton
Engaging local communities in Southampton in the co-creation of online cultural and language materials.
OurWikiBooks – University of Manchester
Co-developing, with teachers and GCSE and A-level students, a new digital collection of key concerns and knowledge in computing education.
Welsh Voices of the Great War in Wales – Cardiff University
Working with families of those in Wales who fought in the Great War, to collect and make available online the range of artefacts that are held in private hands.
Media and Memory in Wales, 1950-2000 – Aberystwyth University http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/digitisation/communitycontent/memorywales.aspx
Collecting oral testimony relating to the age of television in Wales, focussing on memories of significant televisual moments in politics and culture.
RunCoCo – University of Oxford
A support project to develop the software and expertise from the Oxford Great War Archive project so that similar community collection projects can be run