The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 4/1/2011
by Catherine Shteynberg on April 1, 2011
My chosen Friday time-suck?: geotag, explore, and help ID thousands of historic photos of Pittsburgh on Retrographer.org [via Marguerite Roby, SIA].
- Pretty cool! Thousands of new objects from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History were just added to the Smithsonian’s Collections Search Center, including the “first real operating digital computer in plastic” and Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves.
- It may be April, but we finally have our October 2010 Archives Fair lectures up and available on the web in one place. Please pass along this great resource to anyone who might be interested.
- The answer to something I’ve always wondered about: what is that wonky anti-spam “captcha” text all about, and am I really helping to translate archival texts when I type it in?
- The Smithsonian has been on a crowdsourcing roll lately! Scientists from the National Museum of Natural History recently identified almost 5,000 fish specimens with the help of their incredible Facebook friends.
- And speaking of crowdsourcing, check out this powerful example. Dan Cohen runs an “experiment” to see how quickly his Twitter followers can identify a drawing of an ancient archeological artifact, and they nail it in about 9 minutes [via Nancy Proctor, Smithsonian Mobile].
- We hinted at Ignite Smithsonian in last week's Link Love, but now more details are available, in the video below and on this website, where you can get all the details about free tickets, learn about the #MockNewMedia Twitter challenge, send a video postcard, or get the URL for the webcast on April 11th.
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