iPhone-app War Memorials in Vision

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iPhone-app War Memorials in Vision

by Images for the Future

On 13 October 2010, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision launched its new application, War Memorials in Vision (Oorlogsmonumenten in Beeld). This new iPhone app makes visiting more than 200 war memorials in the Netherlands an even richer experience. Based on the GPS location, users can identify which memorials are nearby. Each memorial is placed in context by means of eyewitness accounts, descriptions, photographs and historic film images. The material originates from the collections of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the Nationaal Archief, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, the National 4 and 5 May Committee, the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) and Wikipedia.

War Memorials in Vision is the first mobile application to be launched by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in its series Heritage in Vision (Erfgoed in Beeld). At the start of 2011, the system will be linked up to the augmented reality browser Layar.

What makes this solution so innovative are its links with systems already used by heritage institutions to distribute digitised heritage sources. The linking of these sources is based on the open source content management system Drupal. A deliberate choice has been made to use open source software in order to encourage the whole heritage sector to adopt the system.

The free IPhone app, War Memorials in Vision, will have its public launch during Dutch History Week (Week van de Geschiedenis) from 16 to 24 October. During that week, anyone interested can try out the application by following a special route past war memorials in Amsterdam.

Further information is available (in Dutch) at www.erfgoedinbeeld.nl.

Much of the archive materials have been digitised as part of the Images for the Future (Beelden voor de Toekomst) project. As part of the project, four Dutch institutions (Sound and Vision, the Nationaal Archief, EYE Film Institute Netherlands and Stichting Nederland Kennisland) are salvaging much of the Netherlands’ audiovisual heritage by means of preservation and digitisation. The digitised material will be made available as widely as possible for professionals, education and the general public.