The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 3/18/2011
by Catherine Shteynberg on March 18, 2011
- Wired’s This Day in Tech reports that this week in 1926, rocket pioneer Robert Goddard the first successful launch of a liquid-fueled rocket. It just so happens that SIA has a copy of Goddard’s “Rocket Apparatus” patent and letter to the Smithsonian in our collections [thanks for pointing this out @Speakeasy_StL!].
- Maybe some of our archivists will find some Zen in this visual blog I just came across, Things Organized Neatly [via @WeLaunch].
- Sad, but true: Egypt releases an illustrated list of 54 objects looted from the Egyptian Museum in late January during the political unrest.
- Rock on! The Library of Congress has recently launched the Music Consortium Treasures website—giving online access to important music manuscripts and other materials from various institutions for music researchers.
- The Arab Image Foundation has already digitized 50,000 photos from its collection as part of a grant project to create one of the few existing large online photographic archives of the Middle East.
- We love our community! The New York Times profiles some of the incredible crowdsourcing work we’ve done with your help on the Flickr Commons, looks into the history of crowdsourcing at the Institution, and profiles some other social media projects going on at the Smithsonian. And be sure to check out Hyperallergic’s summation of yesterday’s NYT Twitter chat about social media and museums.
- Speaking of the Commons—a great new Women’s History Month set from the Center for Jewish History, NYC [via indicommons]: No Longer Available
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