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A million first steps - Digital scholarship blog

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We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose.

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theo kuechel's curator insight, December 16, 2013 8:23 AM

All interested in educational curation should welcome  the news that the  British Library  has released  over a million images  into the public domain on  Flickr Commons  with "No Known Copyright Restrictions."  These images cover  a diverse range subjects, sourced from  17th, 18th and 19th century  book scans. The project  has already  been shared widely on twitter and  covered quite well in such as Open Culture and  Boing Boing, also my friend and colleague  Danny Nicholson; all have their own take on this project.


It is interesting to note that the image above has  already been viewed  over 39,000 times, (possibly because it is featured  on a significant number of  blogs and also the British Library's  own selected highlights set), whereas  a quick random dip into the collection suggests the average for most images is  currently around 3-4,000 views.  I think this suggests that social media channels  will be very important for disemination and engagement. I like the fact that with many of the images you can choose to see all the images from that particular book or download the entire book itself, to see all the them in context. The other piece of exciting news is that  the British Library  are developing a  crowd sourcing tools to increas the cultural and research value of these digital assets.


However even now there  is plenty of  opportunity  to engage with and contribute  -- anyone who is logged on to Flickr can tag the images - as Ben O'Steen suggests in a tweet  " mundane tags  - 'map', 'portrait', etc -  are very helpful!   Such activites are an  ideal focus for meaningful learning activties in the classroom, (as well as great fun).  Indeed, I have begun a small scale tagging exercise for places and topics that I am familar with such as Dumfries and Galloway. 


Finally -  many thanks to the good folks at the  British Library and Microsoft who had the vision to bring us these raw materials.  Let's see what we can build with them. If you have any thoughts on how you would use them, especially in education,  It would be great if you could share them as comments.
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Historical Data Visualization: Minard’s map vectorized and revisited

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Generally considered as the first data visualization, the figurative map of Charles Joseph Minard (1869) shows the path of Napoleon’s troops across the Russian Empire of Alexander I. Using amazingly simple and modern graphical codes, this map displays the progress of the troops in the form of a stream whose width indicates the size of the “Great Army”, which will dramatically decrease throughout the campaign.

Although it is reasonable to ask whether this Figurative Map of the successive losses in men of the French Army in the Russian campaign 1812-1813 is indeed a “data visualization” (in itself, it is a drawing that summarizes information), this map is the central piece of an impressive number of articles, analyses and talks. This post is a contribution to the study of historical data visualization. In addition to a faithful vectorized version of the original map, it offers a “geographical” and a “historical” map based on the model of Minard.


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