About the splash page


John McCraeThe splash page was created using pixelize written by Paul Wilkins using the images of documents from the Australian Red Cross, Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau as a pixel source. The represented portraits are from of the people of that era of which a good picture was available with the right contrast for pixelization. The first image is of Lt.-Col. John McCrae who wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields". The image was taken from the Library and Archives Canada photostream on flickr, and is cropped to remove his dog from the picture and scaled to enhance his facial features. This is followed by an image of General Currie, the commander of Canadian Troops in France, with a pixel size of 25. The image was sourced from the Library and Archives Canada photostream on flickr and did not need to be manipulated. Major Georges P. Vanier follows using an image from the Library and Archives Canada photostream on flickr, the image was cropped and resized to focus on the profile and enhaced the contrast. The image of General Sir Samuel Hughes was not changed. The image of Field Marshal Douglas Haig is curtosy of the Wikipedia Commons and was enlarged and re-centered. The landstrum infantryman with the spiked (the spike was meant to catch cavalry swords) helmet is cropped from a postcard scan on flickr from the Great War Flickr Pool, the württembergisch infantryman is also from another postcard scan in the same flickr pool.

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First data dump from Library and Archives Canada


The first data dump from Library and Archives Canada has been shipped to the Sharcnet data-center and loaded onto the cluster for processing. The data contains scanned images of the enlistment papers of Canadian Expeditionary Force soldiers (about a million images) and the full personnel file of about 200 soldiers (about twenty thousand images). The hard drive was first picked up in Ottawa and then traveled with a Muninn staffer to Waterloo, Ontario to one of the Sharcnet machine rooms.

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Lightning talk at WWW 2010 Linked Open Data Camp


If you attending WWW2010, I will presenting a lightning talk at the W3 Linked Open Data Camp in room 306C in the afternoon session. (slides)

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