The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
by Catherine Shteynberg on June 18, 2010
- Wahoo! New folks on the Flickr Commons: The Reykjavik Museum of Photography and the Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos. [via Effie Kapsalis, SIA]
- This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Xerox machine. The Atlantic investigates how the propagation of paper enabled the cheap spread of information, irritated publishers, and spawned a new age of self-publishing.
- Researchers have come up with software using fuzzy logic that could change the world of photo archives, by matching old catalogue descriptions with the millions of digitized photos now available in collections and archives worldwide. [via Prison Photography]
- The Wall Street Journal reports on a New Mexican librarian who is keeping an unofficial archive and tally of drug-related killings in Juárez and making her findings free to anyone who wants them.
- YouTube experiments with Citizentube—a feed of the latest breaking citizen and professional news videos on YouTube. [via Mashable]
- Speaking of YouTube, the Guggenheim is inviting the public to submit video art via the site for consideration for a biennale of video art this Fall.
- Ever wonder what the future of sound looked like in the 1930s? Check out this archive of Radio Shack catalogues. [via Effie Kapsalis, SIA]
- The man with the world’s largest record collection, which he refers to as “the archive.”
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