Jon Voss of presents "Can One Story Change the World?" at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. SELECT TIMESTAMPS BELOW TO GO DIRECTLY TO THAT SEGMENT. View Jon's presentation on Prezi at

Presentation Description: A typed journal from World War I fuels a young man's dreams of time travel and allows us to explore the power of personal stories and photos, together with archival collections, to build connections across generations. These items take us through space and time, and the magical ability of cultural memory institutions to help bring these incredibly compelling dreams to life. The World Wide Web provides the cultural, technological, and legal frameworks to open the doors to innovation and imagination, and also enables libraries, archives, and museums the world over to play a critical role. Not only are these efforts fostering global collaboration and sharing, but they're also attracting new audiences that are interacting with and improving collections and institutions like never before.

About Jon: Jon Voss is the Historypin strategic partnerships director at We Are What We Do, a global not-for-profit behavior-change agency. Voss is helping to build an open ecosystem of historical data across libraries, archives, and museums worldwide through his work with Historypin and as the co-founder of the International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museum Summit. He leads Historypin's involvement in such global initiatives as Europeana Creative and a two-year Mellon-funded project with Stanford University: Crowdsourcing for Humanities Research. For more information on this talk, visit the original event announcement at


Jeff Guin, manager of emerging media, Chemical Heritage Foundation, introduces Jon Voss.

2:27 Jon's presentation begins

3:25 "Rolling with it" in New Orleans

4:35 Love of history inspired by time travel (mashup video)

7:05 Finding grandfather's World War I diary

8:00 Personal stories allow us to peel back the layers of time. Digital tools like Historypin help to contextualize and share that experience.

10:00 Finding war-era photo setting in France with Google street view

12:40 Social aims of Historypin. It is a nonprofit that seeks to "bake" things into tools and projects that drive engagement: 1. Intergenerational contact and understanding. 2 Mentoring, learning and training. 3. Civic engagement. 4. Diversification and preservation of local culture.

14:20 Dad's diary "Had one of the best experiences of my life." Still a mystery as to what that was.

15:20 Imperial War Museum video asks for stories and memories from first World War. Demonstrates how participatory institutions can realize their ideals.

17:00 Assembling diverse audience to help inform metadata for images

17:40 "History's Mysteries" project

18:30 History Hack-a-thon

20:10 Pinning stations that helped people post and interpret images. "Democratization of history."

21:00 Santa Ana Public Library allows teens the opportunity to record oral histories with older adults.

22:50 Newfoundland sixth graders assigned to find an image from their family's history and tell its story.

24:00 Partnering with over 1,400 institutions. Video of History's Mysteries program.

25:00 Historypin channel examples: Nova Scotia archives, State Library of Queensland, Manhattan Project embed.

26:00 Moving toward Linked Open Data (LODLAM)

26:20 Relating experimentation and failure in digital projects to an alchemy painting in the CHF museum

26:50 Transitioning from a web of documents to a web of data

27:20 The most popular photo ever on Historypin, a result of mashup thinking

28:30 is the result of linking data scraped from the San Francisco public library

29:15 Going from a world of tables to a world of graphs. How data can get read and used.

30:40 Using example of Ed Summers from Library of Congress to discover how personal data is linked.

32:30 JSON for linking data. Making code meaningful

33:40 makes it simple to pull data from websites by structuring it. signifies movement from marked records to linked records.

35:10 Getty is releasing its holdings as linked open data

35:40 Types of Creative Commons open licenses

36:20 Many cultural heritage institutions around the world are already moving to "release" their data., Open GLAM and GLAM Wiki are evidence of this community's robust growth.

38:00 was pioneering this approach in 2008

38:50 Europeana has 25 partners to look at data in creative ways.

39:00 People making connections is where these creative uses of data begin. We create, we produce, we experiment, we fail, but ultimately we build.

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