Screenshot of Recollection

The Library of Congress just announced a new open-source project called Recollection, which, according to the website, will allow users–for free!–to “generate and customize” digital content, including maps and timelines. The screencasts are admittedly a bit jargon-y, but the map function seems especially useful. From what I can gather, the platform will allow you to turn data like place names into latitude and longitude and, by extension, an interactive map. This screencast does a pretty nice job of walking you through a brief demo.

There’s been quite a bit of buzz about this in the library where I work, and I can see why. I’m thinking about ways to use this in my teaching–virtually augmented history walks and timelines, to start. Recollection is still brand new, so its usefulness remains to be seen. As the platform seems primarily aimed at pre-existing digital collections, I’m not sure how user-friendly it is for those of us who are building data from scratch–but given that it’s open-source, the potential for sharing data could be great.

I think I know what I’ll be playing around with once this semester is over…

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