nytimes: using new tools, mapping old brooklyn

via nytimes

NYTIMES has an article about the Brooklyn Museum’s new project to upload and geotag pictures of Brooklyn on the new site Historypin.

When the digital team at the Brooklyn Museum first looked at the New York images included on Historypin, a social sharing site for old images, something seemed to be missing.

“They had nothing in Brooklyn,” said Shelley Bernstein, the museum’s chief of technology.

The museum, meanwhile, has a lot in Brooklyn. Its collections include more than 3,500 images from the late 19th century, showing a city and borough long since passed; one whose citizens shared their avenues and parks with geese, sheep and a buffalo named Mike.

An ideal partnership seemed possible. As the museum digitized its photographic collection, it could also enlist countless volunteers through Flickr to tag its images with precise geographical coordinates, thereby increasing their exposure to a worldwide audience on Historypin.

Read the complete article here.

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