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Historypin is a web application developed this year by “We Are What We Do,” a non-profit organization based in London, England. It allows one to “pin” historical photos (or video and audio clips) on a map, associate stories with the images, and assemble collections by theme or map-based tours. The unique feature of Historypin is the ability to use Google StreetView to accurately locate and frame the historical image. This allows one to fade back and forth between the historic and current landscape. When photos, video, and audio for a neighborhood or landscape are annotated with stories and assembled into a collection or tour, the result is a narrative that bridges historic and current events.

The latest addition is a mobile application that runs on iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.). The app allows you to explore locations and collections, as well as take and post photos. The coolest feature is Cam View, which allows you to stand in the same location that a historic photo was taken, look through the camera, and drag your finger up and down on the screen to fade back and forth from the historic photo to the current view. You can also take a current photo and send it in as a “modern replica.”

Historypin is a wonderful example of the latest that Web 2.0 technology can provide for developing narratives of place.


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