The Civil War Data 150 Project was started as a proof of concept to explore the potential of Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums, which has become known generally as #LODLAM. An unsuccessful grant application to the NEH Office of Digital Humanities lead to the first International LODLAM Summit in June of 2011. Right after that I joined the Historypin team full time, and this project has not gotten much love since then.
It’s still a good idea though. So if you’d like to adopt it and run with it, please do. Let me know and I’ll give you the keys. There’s some great data to get started with, and a fantastic plan of action. Seems like something a digital humanities or MLIS seminar could take on for awhile. Similar projects, like LinkedJazz, have taken the concept much farther in recent years, and they’ve shared their code and tools for you to utilize to boot.