The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 10/21/2011
by Catherine Shteynberg on October 21, 2011
- Check out some of our wonderful and wacky collections highlighted over at Around the Mall blog (for example, the world's longest beard, at right) in honor of American Archives Month.
- The wisdom of crowds: two George Mason University professors are assembling a team on the Internet of more than five hundred forecasters who will make educated guesses about a series of world events in order to study crowdsourcing [via Liza O’Leary, SIA].
- “I love mistakes in photos.” Emily Moazami of the Smithsonian American Art Museum waxes poetic about her favorite things about being a photo archivist.
- You think digitizing a book is as simple as slapping a book on a scanner? Not so fast—here’s a broad overview from the Library of Congress’ The Signal blog.
- It’s a big freebie: Smithsonian Folkways offers up ten free tracks for you to download from the new Mickey Hart Collection, which highlights musical traditions at risk.
- Powerhouse Museum talks about the changes in their digital strategy over the years, and highlights some very interesting digital projects taking place at museums, libraries, and archives.
- The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art highlights the Emmet family artists found in their collections in the newest installment of their “I Found it in the Archives” series:
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