The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 5/18/2012
by Catherine Shteynberg on May 18, 2012
- How in the world did an emergency fallout shelter end up at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History?
- The Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation blog asks, does the distinction between the born digital and the digitized object do more harm than good?
- Surprisingly beautiful: a collection of hand-drawn designs for 19th century walking sticks from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
- The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, has donated more than 19,000 freely-licensed images of artworks to Wikimedia Commons.
- Our sister blog, the Field Book Project blog, talks about how “Photographs commonly straddle the line between the personal and profession side of the scientist.”
- The Encyclopedia of Life passes a huge milestone: over one million species are now documented and available online. Go explore!
- A 3D model of the Great Pyramids of Giza has been created by Dassault Systèmes, and is the “only way we can see Giza in its ancient splendor, due to looting, erosion, urban sprawl and artifacts being sent across the world” [via Mashable].
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