Historypin is an online mapping and timeline tool oriented toward crowdsourced citizen histories and community-driven archiving projects. Contributions to the platform are added to growing, shared multimedia map of the world with geographically and chronologically tagged audiovisual historical documents. Historypin contains over 400,000 individual photographs, sound clips, and videos, uploaded and georeferenced by cultural heritage institutions and individual contributors. Custom collections can be created focusing on specific themes. Informational elements on the HistoryPin map can be filtered by geographic location, theme, and by timespan.
Why Use HistoryPin?
- Students can contribute to a real-world, persistent, public resource.
- HistoryPin provides a platform to collect and publish public humanities and public history projects and to make those resources available for community-based collaborators.
How to Add HistoryPin to Your Course
HistoryPin is an online resource and archive. It is not integrated in anyway with the course management system. Students create free accounts on the website and may contribute multimedia elements to the site. In class discussion should include thoughtful consideration of the topics, themes, and content of these contributions as part of a larger course-based digital project.
History Pin How-to Guides, includes video covering topics such as ‘How to upload photos, sounds and videos’ and ‘How to create an open collection’.
HistoryPin from Mapping the Humanities, University of Texas