The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 1/7/2011
by Catherine Shteynberg on January 7, 2011
- A huge donation and lots of new photos to browse: the State Library of Queensland donates 50,000 photos to Wikimedia Commons [via Resource Shelf].
- Thoughts on why you should not clean a painting with a potato, and other “home remedy” conservation/preservation techniques to avoid.
- Speaking of wacky preservation techniques, check out the Smithsonian’s preserved “soapman”.
- The UK’s National Media Museum selects 40 photographs from their collection to explain the history of photography in a nutshell.
- The Atlantic’s Technology blog and Lifehacker covered our post from earlier this week on how to preserve your digital photos. Check out their posts as they and their readers weigh in with additional good advice—like backing up your photographs online, bulk renaming photos, and tagging.
- Read an interview between the Powerhouse Museum’s Seb Chan and the London Science Museum’s Mia Ridge about designing meaningful games that use museum audiences to improve collection metadata [via Nancy Proctor, SI].
- And to go whole hog on the whole archiving digital photos thing this week, I just found this video on the topic from the Library of Congress:
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