The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 10/22/2010
by Catherine Shteynberg on October 22, 2010
- Looks a lot cooler than it sounds: the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will post more than a century’s worth of beautiful maps to Flickr [via Effie Kapsalis, SIA].
- Archival film footage is, “like a plate of unseasoned steamed zucchini?” Defending the power of the original image over at the Prelinger Archive.
- Centuries-old ship logbooks show the legacy of climate change, and crowdsourcing transcription brings these logbooks alive.
- Essential expeditionary supplies: compass, pack horse, matches, and a couple dozen barrels of wine.
- 2.9 million emails a second, 50 million tweets per day, and 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook . . . the world of data we’re creating online [via Resource Shelf]
- The latest guest blog from our own over at the Smithsonian Collections blog: Pam Henson on transcribing oral histories. While you’re at it, check out the other posts there in honor of American Archives Month.
- The Powerhouse Museum talk about their experience with SepiaTown—a site that makes “Then and Now” photography come alive by geotagging historic photos on Google maps.
- And speaking of the Powerhouse, Smithsonian’s Mike Edson was just there talking up the awesomeness that is the Smithsonian Commons project:
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