LA as Subject partners with Historypin

A new collaborative project between Historypin and LA as Subject was announced at the LAAS April 12 General Membership meeting. Please read on to find out more information about this exciting project.

What is Historypin?
Historypin, from the non-profit organization We Are What We Do, “is about bringing people together all over the world, from across families, communities and different generations, to see and share their history in a new way” by matching GPS technology with historic images.

Links to resources about Historypin and an informational packet for contributing archive partners is posted on the LAAS Discussion Forum under “Collaborative Project” > “Historypin”. You can also view more information at http://www.historypin.com/info-for-archives/

How will LAAS be involved?
Historypin is currently in beta mode and they will be launching their site and features officially on July 11, 2011 in San Francisco, California.

In preparation for that launch, LAAS is assisting Historypin identify geographic “hot spots” in the Los Angeles and Southern California regions as well as locate visual resources for these areas within LAAS member collections.

The first priority is picking 10 hotspots (a discussion thread has already been created for this topic).

Once the hotspots are identified, a call for content will be made, most likely in late May or early June.

How can LAAS members get involved?
To help with the planning stages and development of this project, join the LAAS Historypin Discussion Forum. This is also a good place to ask any remaining questions you may have.

Also if you or your institution can assist other LAAS members who do not have the resources to digitize their own images, please email me at posas@usc.edu.

To participate in the discussion forum
1. Go to the LAAS website, http://www.laassubject.org
2. Click on "Members Area"
3. Log in. The username will most should be the contact email that appears in your institution's entry in the LAAS Directory. If you have forgotten your password, log in with this email and click on "forgot password"; a new password will be sent. If you do not have access to your institution's contact email as listed in the LAAS Directory, contact me at posas@usc.edu.
4. Once in the Members Area, click on "Discussion Forum" > “Collaborative Projects” > “Historypin” and add to or create your own discussion thread. Please remember to "subscribe" to the different threads that interest you to stay updated.