The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 4/6/2012
by Catherine Shteynberg on April 6, 2012
- We’re pretty excited about the coverage of our recent Women in Science Wikipedia edit-a-thon: Gawker writes about the broader efforts to get more women editing Wikipedia and more women scientists on Wikipedia, and Around the Mall blog features tidbits of an interview with our Wikipedian-in-Residence, Sarah Stierch.
- 100,000 free concert recordings from 5,200 bands, taking up 112,000,000,000,000 Bytes (112TB) of space . . . The Internet Archive’s incredible live music archive.
- The 60th anniversary of IBM’s first digital tape is coming up in May—read more about the history of this technology and the future of data storage [via Jennifer Wright, SIA].
- Wanna see behind the scenes of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries' Book Conservation Lab, and learn book conservation techniques? Today is the last day to register for their April 26 tweetup in DC.
- Science News (once called Science Service) is celebrating 90 years, and asked the Archives to duplicate two recordings of their “Adventures in Science” 1950s radio series from our collections for their celebratory website.Take a listen: Watson Davis describes the “discovery of 1953”: DNA as well as the development of the Polio vaccine, Soviet-US nuclear relations, and the 50th anniversary of flight. And the second 1952 recording on the future of electronics describes the new technology of transistors. [via Sarah Stauderman, SIA].
- The Google Art Project is at it again! You can now visit four Smithsonian museums virtually: the National Portrait Gallery; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and the Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art.
- What does the Smithsonian's squeaky-clean meteorite lab look like? Check it out:
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