The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 7/1/2011
by Catherine Shteynberg on July 1, 2011
Note: I'll be on vacation for the next two weeks, so look for Link Love to start again on July 22nd!
- We’ve been blogging about the Civil War and the Smithsonian for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, and others across the Smithsonian have been doing the same. Over at NPR’s Picture show blog, photography curator Shannon Perich shares some incredible animated Civil War-era stereoscopic views from the Smithsonian’s collections.
- How much data will humans create and store this year? Apparently, 1.8 zettabytes (a number that doubles every two years).
- Our own Pam Henson, Smithsonian Historian, contributes to a remembrance of Smithsonian founder and namesake, James Smithson, who passed away this week 182 years ago.
- The Internet Archive announces 1,000 Library Partners from 6 countries, who will join up to lend a pool of more than 100,000 eBooks for public borrowing.
- The Smithsonian Folklife Festival has started on the National Mall! An intern from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections talks about how she and her colleagues are working to archive the event.
- The Getty Museum is teaming up with Google Goggles to give visitors access to expanded information about their collections. Use Google Goggles to take a photo of a painting from their collections and information and audio for that piece automatically pop up [via Dana Allen-Greil, National Museum of American History].
- And speaking of paintings, the BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation have teamed up for the “Your Paintings” project—an initiative to put the UK’s complete oil painting collection online.
“Your Paintings,” bbc.co.uk/yourpaintings, Video courtesy of BBC.
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