Image of a previous Twitter experiment at the Museum of London via Flickr
Londoners who use Twitter and would like their everyday experiences of Olympics “games time” in the capital captured for posterity should get acquainted with the hash tag #citizencurators. The Museum of London and the University of Westminster are working together on a project of that name, which will collect the tweets of not only a core team of twelve contributors but also anyone else who uses the tag.
The material will be showcased as a moving projection – a “data visualisation,” is the proper term I believe – in the museum’s foyer on the two Tuesday and Thursday afternoons of Games Time fortnight, and at a later date in a form yet to be decided. As well as a piece of instant and immediate London history drawn from social media, #citizencurators is an experiment that raises several interesting issues. “How should we make use of this type of material? How should we present it?” asks Hilary Young, the museum’s digital curator. “We’ll be trying to find the right answers to those questions.”
The core group of 18 live on all compass points of London and vary in age, background and interests too. They include photo journalist @Matt_Goldsmith, knitting enthusiast @Jberg999, French job-seeker @digitalmarje, a @Brixtonite teacher and Hackney Wick resident @deedeesvintage who I met recently when reporting on the tricky business of Wick Village and bridge-building over the River Lea. As the project’s organisers put it:
Consider it done.
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