The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 5/20/2011
by Catherine Shteynberg on May 20, 2011
- Owney the Railway Mail Service dog is about to undergo conservation to improve his appearance and will be tweeting about the whole process on his very entertaining Twitter feed.
- You all know about our passion for women in science from our annual Women’s History Month blogging, to our “Women in Science” set up on Flickr. So, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that several of us here at the Archives were very interested to read this NPR blog post on the challenges that Marie Curie faced while practicing science and a comic strip that brings these to light [via Effie Kapsalis, SIA].
- And speaking of Flickr, it was interesting to hear from the Indiana University Archives in a comment on our photo of Dr. Henry Remak on the Smithsonian Flickr Commons. Apparently, they're digitizing Dr. Remak's papers and will be reporting on the progress on their blog.
- I feel like I barely have a handle on what a terabyte is, but apparently there’s something called a yottabyte?? Check out this infographic over at the Atlantic’s tech blog, which explains how far we’ve come since the puny megabyte.
- As this summer’s thirty year anniversary of the first official reports of HIV and AIDS approaches, I’ve begun to hear more and more press coverage. In commemoration of the anniversary, the National Museum of American History has plans for an exhibit, website, and archival display of their collection of historical objects related to HIV-AIDS, as well as plans to blog about related collections over the next year. Read more on the O Say Can You See blog.
- This week marked “Museum Memory Day,”—a day for museum enthusiasts to share their favorite memories from museums on Twitter (#MusMem). Check out the Twitter feed and add in your own memory of the Smithsonian or other favorite museum!
- Whoa—have you seen the University of Chicago’s amazingly high-tech and archival new library and storage system? Perhaps all of the libraries of the future will look like this [via Wired’s Underwire blog] :
“The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library: How It Works,” Courtesy of University of Chicago.
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