Libraryhack Workshop Notes

25 May

Libraryhack Workshop, State Library of Victoria, Saturday 21 May 2011.

We started off by talking about how could a multimedia developer load a file onto the web without requiring advanced site building skills.  Well, allows you to create a location where you can host files for download, and its a good place to start.  To register for a WordPress blog, visit this page: You can upload files up to 1 GB.

We talked about using Flickr.

An image mashup is a great idea for a Libraryhack competition entry.  To start working with images, Flickr is a great way to easily access collection images contributed by libraries.  Australian libraries have already gone to the effort of selecting their favourite images for you to work on.  For example, the State Library of Victora’s collection page has got some introductory images located here:  You can also find images “about” the library located here: This is a Flickr group which you can join and add your own images too as well.  Some example Libraryhack mashups are already available here:  You can use an online image editor such as or download an image editing program such as  to work on your mashup.  Register with Flickr first to get the most out of it.

You can combine WordPress and Flickr by adding RSS feeds to your WordPress blog.  You can find these feeds in Flickr and use them to display images from a search, a group or an individual.

We talked about accessing library image collections.

When you are looking for specific collection items, you should head to our catalogue located on every page of our website.  Then enter a search term.  Modify the results so that you only see Pictures (you can do this on the left hand side), and also turn on the option for Online Resources that appears above the results.  To manage your search, alter the terms you use, for example, we looked for a woman on a tram knitting, here is a matching (with the term “knitting” removed)  image:  In another example, searching for the “Stawell Gift”, you can find images such as this:  If you can’t find what you want, you might try the national system “Trove”.

Here’s a great intro into mashups:

Ben Hosken’s company Flink Labs has some great data mashups:

We talked a lot about maps!

Here are some resources to do with maps at the State Library:

A map which integrates with collection information, called the Literary Map.  You can explore this here:
A directory of public library locations available here:
A geocaching project following the trail of Burke and Wills
The Hoddle Waddle, an education for kids to navigate the city streets:

See also the Burke and Wills map:

We did an overlay of this map of Sydney harbour onto Google Earth to find out the differences between the mapping of the original explorers with the mapping used by Google Earth.  You can download Google Earth here:  Tools such as GIS are necessary for precise matching of historic maps to account for differences for example in projection of the globe, alignment of magnetic north.

Thanks to our special guest Matt Coller who demonstrated “Sahul Time” this application tracks Australia’s spatial and temporal history.  Matt’s amazing demonstration of the early European explorers sea journeys gave us an insight into the potential for using Google Earth to distribute map based information such as routes and how we can link in collection items such as explorer journals, and paintings from the journeys and of the ships.

Finally we did reach for the sky with Google Sky and the Flamsteed astronomical drawings:

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