Social Networks Pilot

The Social Networks Pilot, working title, "Sound Connections" (currently in beta) harnesses the Europeana API to integrate sounds from the British Library and Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision, via SoundCloud and AudioBoo, on Historypin.com, a map

Sound Connections Screenshot of London Soundscape (CC BY-SA Europeana Creative)

Sound Connections Screenshot of London Soundscape (CC BY-SA Europeana Creative)

Currently the prototype is divided into several sub-themes. These include bird sounds, aviation, and city soundscapes which allows users to sonically explore both Amsterdam and London via the HP interface.

Sound Connections, encourages and enables visitors to actively enrich the geo-pinned sounds with supplementary media from various sources. This includes using freely reusable content from Europeana, Flickr, Wikimedia Commons or even individuals own collections.

Sound Connections Screenshot Amsterdam Soundscape  (CC BY-SA Europeana Creative)

Sound Connections Screenshot Amsterdam Soundscape (CC BY-SA Europeana Creative)

In essence, this platform allows communities to make use of an interesting and interactive platform as a way to share content and discuss enrichments. Because History Pin's platform is so malleable and tailorable, any community could technically make use of the platform, not just bird lovers and plane spotters.

From mid-2014 the Social Networks Pilot team has started approaching those active in the bird field recording, planespotting and city soundscapes communities to see what they think of the application and how we might improve the interaction between community members and their cultural heritage. Community outreach will continue to help improve the application the final version of which will be available in January 2015.

"Sound Connections" Screencast (CC BY-SA Europeana Creative)