Thursday September 3, 2009

Explore NSW

Here’s your chance to play with a ‘testing release’ of a fantastic new web site called About NSW. It aims to showcase the diversity of people, places and things to see and do in our state.

What makes About NSW special is that it grows by feeding on information that exists already in government offices, museums and libraries. It also looks to what individuals and communities have published about NSW. We can add to About NSW simply by making our information available to the world wide web in open and accessible formats. Even better, our information is matched to that of other people and institutions, so adding meaning and depth and allowing for greater serendipity when searching and exploring.

Mosman is one of the suburbs currently featured on the home page. A photo of Clifton Gardens from our Flickr stream is included in the slideshow. There’s also a map that locates the old Turner’s Confectionary Shop at 884 Military Road and shows its banana split spoons and glassware that now form part of the Powerhouse Museum’s collection. With the NSW State Heritage Register a part of this project, information on historic places like Boronia House is also included.

This is just the start of About NSW. See the blog post from the project team for more detail and background.

But it’s an exciting glimpse into a future where you’ll expect information from across cultural and government institutions (not forgetting personal collections) to be delivered to you in a richly contextualised package as a matter of course!

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