Many of you out there may be familiar with Pinterest as a way of sharing ideas, crafts, photos, etc. Have you heard of Historypin? It is the same concept but people pin items of historical interest. Anyone can start an account–individuals to institutions. If the location of a photo is known, you enter that info and additional metadata. It then gets pinned to a map where you can explore an area’s history through user submitted items. You can narrow your search results by year and subject. Historypin also includes ideas for projects that can involve schools, your local community, and libraries and archives. This can be a fast and easy way (and FREE) for small historical societies or public libraries to showcase some of their collections.
If you or someone you know is interested in such a project but don’t know how or where to get started, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My middle name is digitization (just kidding–it’s much less exciting than that).