The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 10/7/2011
by Catherine Shteynberg on October 7, 2011
- The Nova Scotia Archives is asking for our help to ID some of their photos, including the one above…
- As we mentioned before, it’s the start of the 2011 Archives Month blogathon across the Smithsonian. Hope you’re enjoying the posts. Some of my favorites this week?: the tremendous amount of material (16k microfilm, 20k film & video, 60k drawings, 70k tech manuals & 2M pics) in the National Air and Space Museum archives; the archivists’ toolkit; and how the Chandra X-Ray archives are changing the ways they make images of space.
- A beautiful historical visual archive of Santiago, Chile [via @strangiato].
- The Archives’ own Courtney Esposito guest blogs about the Archives’ experiments with geo-tagging some of our images—in this case, the ornithological expeditions of former Smithsonian Secretary Alexander Wetmore in Panama.
- The OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) reports on how libraries, archives, and museums are using social metadata that comes from features like tagging, comments, reviews, images, videos, ratings, recommendations, lists, and links to related articles (make sure to check out the reports).
- The Encyclopedia of Life, which includes thirty-five million pages of scanned literature and over 600,000 photos of living creatures, has revamped their website in response to requests from the public, scientists, and educators [via INFOdocket].
- I enjoyed the Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation blog post on the presentation below by Mike Edson, the Director of Web and New Media Strategy at the Smithsonian (in addition to some very thought provoking material, the evolution of web and new media slides are pretty funny…):
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