The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 10/1/2010
by Catherine Shteynberg on October 1, 2010
- Some of you may know that the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries building has been undergoing an extensive renovation for quite some time. They now have a Flickr stream to keep you posted on the project [via Tammy Peters, SIA].
- We’ve written about female computers before (just click the link if you have no idea what I’m talking about . . .). Now there’s a new documentary that looks into the “Top Secret Rosies”—female computers during WWII [via Effie Kapsalis, SIA].
- Speaking of WWII, The National Archives has digitized thousands of firsthand accounts of escape and evasion during the war.
- Miniskirt lab coats and bunny suits—just a few of the gems that can be found in Intel’s photographic archives.
- Banned Books Week has officially begun.
- What is with all of the painterly masterpieces randomly showing up? The Prado reports their conservationists found the largest surviving Bruegel the Elder piece to date hiding under layers of dust [via C-MONSTER.net].
- Lots of musicians archiving their work lately. Paul McCartney has announced that he will be digitizing his library of images, artwork, films, and videos for cloud distribution [via Marvin Heiferman, SIA].
- The Library of Congress has a new series of eleven videos that introduce their preservation labs, lab projects, and staff [via Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig, SIA].
- We’ve been talking recently about the capabilities of 3D in changing the way we work with the Smithsonian’s collections. Here’s a video showing one example:
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