Let’s Talk – starting on Tuesday October 11th, the VRC will be conducting weekly conversations, demonstrations and collaborations focused on digital media, teaching tools, university resources and your suggestions.
We will start off with “How to Navigate Artstor – the Basics” On Tuesday 10/11 from 12 to 12:30, and again on Friday 10/14 from 12 to 12:30. Please meet in 1115, the Media Lab. Artstor has over 1 million images available for use in lectures and research.
Take a look at What Was There: http://www.whatwasthere.com/ This website adds photos to places, tagged by location and year. If there is a street view in Google maps, the photograph is lined up from the same point of view to provide a glimpse of the same place at a different time. You can see how the streetscape has changed, as well as the architecture, car design, and fashions.
The site even allows you to fade the photograph in and out. Cities in the United States have more photographs than other parts of the world, but I am sure that will change as more people travel the site. You can upload photographs yourself, although I have not tried that yet. This could be useful for preservationists, architects, and urban planners.