The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 3/16/2012
by Catherine Shteynberg on March 16, 2012
- Have you seen the most recent Smithsonian Snapshot?: an xray of “Shorty,” a Shortsnout scorpionfish, and one of over four million fish in the National Museum of Natural History’s collections! Extra Credit: read our click! photography changes everything story by Jeff Williams, collections manager in the Smithsonian Division of Fishes, who explains how digital photography facilitates the identification of new species of fish and increases understanding of biodiversity.
- The Library of Congress has introduced an interesting section on their website: Collections Ripe for Research. This area calls out “collections . . . selected because they merit scholarly attention but have so far received relatively little,” and encourages you to contact them about these collections through their Ask a Librarian feature [via INFOdocket].
- The importance of information management via a clever series of movie metaphors [via Jennifer Wright, SIA].
- The Center for the Future of Museums has jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon, and is asking for your help in contributing images to their “Inspirations for the Future of Museums” board. Read more and email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with your Pinterest name to participate.
- A student at University of Michigan’s School of Information blogs about her Alternative Spring Break volunteer position at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, helping with the Field Book Project.
- Seb Chan, of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, asks on his Fresh+New blog how the amount born digital collections at an institution might change how much they integrate the ‘digital’ into their “organisational DNA,” and interesting conversation ensues.
- Are you a geneaologist or researcher? The US National Archives prepares for the April 2, 2012, 9 a.m. EST digital launch of the 1940 census at 1940census.archives.gov. I’ve heard several researchers on the Smithsonian Flickr Commons chatting about this helpful, exciting release already:
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