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Posts tagged with: Field Book Project
Reminiscing of summers past always conjures sensations of sticky, ice-creamed fingers; sweet lemonade; tangled hair from wild somersaults; and scents of backyard barbeques and freshly-cut grass.
Continuing on that summery theme, the Field Book Project has contributed a set of images to the Flickr Commons, the André Goeldi Field Notes Collection. This set contains a variety of botanical specimens, primarily grasses, photographed by Brazilian botanist, André Goeldi.
More about these images can be read in the Field Book Project’s blog post, André Goeldi Flickr Set: The Journey from 1920 to 2012.
Although many of the featured specimens in this set are unidentified, several active members of the Flickr Commons’ community have already begun offering potential indentifications!
This summer, while tending to your gardens, before pulling those pesky grasses from the ground (like our Flickr friend Mark in NOVA), I encourage you to take a closer look. They’re really quite beautiful.
- The Smithsonian’s Surprising Science blog explores how new infrared technology is revealing invisible details in Renaissance art.
- How is crowdsourcing changing the work that archives do? (We can attest—a lot!) The Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation blog details some interesting examples.
- The Field Book Project (a joint initiative between the Archives and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History), celebrates five hundred field books catalogued!
- A writer-editor at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum talks about the “Ray Bradbury chronicles”—his ongoing correspondence with this great writer.
- What did the first doctor to tend to the dying President Abraham Lincoln have to say about the assassination? Smithsonian Magazine profiles this doctor’s report.
- See how the Motion Picture Office and Preservation Lab at the US National Archives preserves and protects America’s historic motion picture collection:
- A Springtime slideshow—a selection of gorgeous photographs of flowers from across the Flickr Commons.
- Movie studios are forcing Hollywood to abandon 35mm film, but what are the consequences of going digital? [via Jennifer Wright, SIA].
- The Library of Congress is celebrating Preservation Week with public events and many resources to help you learn to care for you personal collections at home.
- From our sister blog The Field Book Project blog—the remarkable travels and field books of naturalist Edmund Heller, and how the Field Book Project is bringing together his field notes, scattered across many institutions, into one place on the web.
- Milton Friedman on the future of capitalism, Ronald Reagan campaign speeches, and debates on morality—Pepperdine University’s Historic Sound Recordings collections contain some fascinating sound clips.
- The State Library and North Carolina State Archives has an Inform U. project—a group of tutorials online to help you with your digital preservation issues, as well as a series of video tutorials including the following on how to save your Facebook data [via InfoDocket]:
- From archiving video footage of the fall of the Berlin Wall and preserving emails from China during Tiananmen Square protests, to crowdsourcing photo ids on the Smithsonian Flickr Commons: a wonderful profile of our director, Anne Van Camp, on the Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation blog.
- So exciting! Our Wikipedian-in-Residence, Sarah Steirch, talks about her mission to increase the presence of women on Wikipedia on the Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s culture show Q with Jian Ghomeshi. Listen
abovehere (the embedded mp3 was autoplaying, so click through to listen instead).
- A collection of food and other product packaging from the Hagley Library imparts important lessons and information about how our packaging effects the environment, and the jobs of conservationists [via Marcel Chotowski LaFollette, SIA].
- A familiar problem for parents and high schools? A conservator writes for Archives Outside about how to remove chewing gum stuck on paper.
- Fires, floods, scary animals, and dashing bravery . . . An Indiana Jones movie marathon? No silly, exciting accounts from our field notes collections at our sister blog The Field Book Project.
- Speaking of scary movies, here’s a bit on the restoration of the original JAWS negatives [via Marguerite Roby, SIA].
- The Space Shuttle Discovery arrived at the Smithsonian this week! It was mounted atop a modified 747 jet, and made several passes over the National Mall in Washington, DC before landing at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Check out the video below:
- Have you seen the most recent Smithsonian Snapshot?: an xray of “Shorty,” a Shortsnout scorpionfish, and one of over four million fish in the National Museum of Natural History’s collections! Extra Credit: read our click! photography changes everything story by Jeff Williams, collections manager in the Smithsonian Division of Fishes, who explains how digital photography facilitates the identification of new species of fish and increases understanding of biodiversity.
- The Library of Congress has introduced an interesting section on their website: Collections Ripe for Research. This area calls out “collections . . . selected because they merit scholarly attention but have so far received relatively little,” and encourages you to contact them about these collections through their Ask a Librarian feature [via INFOdocket].
- The importance of information management via a clever series of movie metaphors [via Jennifer Wright, SIA].
- The Center for the Future of Museums has jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon, and is asking for your help in contributing images to their “Inspirations for the Future of Museums” board. Read more and email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with your Pinterest name to participate.
- A student at University of Michigan’s School of Information blogs about her Alternative Spring Break volunteer position at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, helping with the Field Book Project.
- Seb Chan, of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, asks on his Fresh+New blog how the amount born digital collections at an institution might change how much they integrate the ‘digital’ into their “organisational DNA,” and interesting conversation ensues.
- Are you a geneaologist or researcher? The US National Archives prepares for the April 2, 2012, 9 a.m. EST digital launch of the 1940 census at 1940census.archives.gov. I’ve heard several researchers on the Smithsonian Flickr Commons chatting about this helpful, exciting release already: