The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 2/18/2011
by Catherine Shteynberg on February 18, 2011
- All bundled up . . . Sweaters across the Flickr Commons [via Susannah Wells, SIA].
- The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) is offering up a portfolio of ten portraits of Abraham Lincoln from the National Portrait Gallery exhibition One Life: The Mask of Lincoln, for teachers, students, or anyone else interested.
- How researchers were able to date a mysterious book written in a language no one could understand.
- DC local blog, Prince of Petworth, is asking readers to submit their favorite Smithsonian spots for a scavenger hunt. Have ideas—why not share?
- The National Archives (in the UK) just published thousands of photographs, spanning 100 years of African history to their online archive, Africa Through a Lens. Recognize anyone or any place?—they’re asking for the public to post information and links.
- SIA and the National Museum of Natural History have teamed up to create an online space for researchers and scholars looking for scientific field books—we’ll start with just Smithsonian collections, but in the future the registry will include content from museums across the country. Check out the new Field Book Project website.
- The Cornell University Library is running a Flickr Commons contest: you whip up your most inspired remixed photo creation from their collections on the Commons for the chance to win an iPad.
- More conservation video this week—preserving contemporary art made of unconventional materials (like chocolate, soap, and latex!) at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum:
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