Data viz project @ Minnesota Historical Society

From: Lizzie E.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:01 AM

Hello, TC Data Viz group,

It was great getting to meet some of you last night!  I appreciated the opportunity to introduce myself in front of such a smart and engaged group.

To reiterate my announcement, the Minnesota Historical Society has been awarded a Sparks! Ignition Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to fund a project exploring the application of data viz tools to archival collections.  We'll be choosing a handful of historic manuscripts, transcribing them, and building a data set (names, dates, locations, prices, etc.) from the transcriptions.  We're looking to hire a data science/web design team who can collaborate with us on this process and produce the visualizations.  Our goal is to create visuals that tell the stories of their source material in a dynamic way, and to reach an audience of people who may not have thought they were interested in Minnesota history.

In addition to finding a vendor, we're also interested in putting together an informal focus group of data viz experts who can advise us as the project moves along.  

If you're interested in getting involved as a vendor or adviser, let me know and I will put you in touch with Lesley Kadish, the project's director and MHS's curator of GIS and digital maps.  

Best,

Lizzie Ehrenhalt

Collections Assistant
Minnesota Historical Society
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN[masked]

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