The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
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by Mitch Toda on November 29, 2013
- A video conversation 'Thank You" from Lesley Parilla and the Field Book Project for its Digital Volunteers who helped transcribe a field book on Honeycreepers by Martin Moynihan. [via Field Book Project blog, NMNH]
- In time for World AIDS day on December 1, a massive online archive of AIDS posters is now available. [via InfoDocket]
- This past week people around the country celebrated Thanksgiving with their friends and family. Find out how the holiday was celebrated from a soldier during the Civil War to those serving in the military away from home, as well look at the strangeness of the presidential turkey. [ via The Torch, SI; O Say Can You See?, NMAH; and Raw File, Wired]
- Europeana celebrated its 5th anniversary and the arrival of its 30 millionth cultural object, two years ahead of schedule! [via InfoDocket]
- In a remarkable coindicence, a new book of self-portraits by Vivian Maier comes out the same year that "selfie" was named the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. [via Colossal]
- Instant access! Check out the National Museum of American History's Founding Fragments - a new series of short videos that delves into the storage cabinets and drawers to find an interesting object that illuminates a small piece of the American story. [via O Say Can You See?, NMAH]
by Mitch Toda on November 22, 2013
- Just in time for Thanksgiving, the National Archives has digitized and made available online 5 Thanksgiving related videos. [via InfoDocket]
- More action going on at the construction site of the National Museum of African American History and Culture as a 1920s 44-seat Southern Railway segregated train car and a 1930s guard tower from the Louisiana State Penitentiary were lowered into place in the future museum. [via The Washinton Post]
- You've built it, now how useful is it to users . . . A look at the scholarly uses of digital collections. [via The Signal: Digital Preservation, LOC]
- Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is Jonathan Hennessey's new book, The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation, which presents the story of the Civil War in graphic novel form. [via Library of Congress Blog]
- What is a November without talking about moustaches and facial hair, the Archives' Courtney Bellizzi, explores this very topic over at the Smithsonian Collections Blog.
- That looks a little wrinkled . . . Learn about the process of unrolling, flattening, and conserving a piece of airplane fuselage fabric from World War I. [via AirSpace blog, NASM]
- Last weekend the Smithsonian American Art Museum hosted a hackathon to reimagine the digital interpretation in the museum's visible storage facility, for a look at the people's choice winner, see the video below. [via SAAM]
by Mitch Toda on November 15, 2013
- I want my SI 3D! This week saw the release of the Smithsonian X 3D Collection and state-of-the-art 3-D explorer.
- Come join the Smithsonian this weekend at the Innovation Family Day at the National Museum of the American Indian for Innovation Explorations in Sound! You can make music with world rhythms, play with the science of sound, listen to the calls of frogs, and participate in hands-on activities that invite you to be innovative and interact with sound artists, inventors and other creative thinkers.
- American Archive of Public Broadcasting - a historic collection of American public radio and television content - will be preserved and made available through a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH Boston. [via InfoDocket]
- Going to the hardware graveyeard. Visiting forgotten and obsolete hardware of the past. [via The Signal: Digital Preservation, LOC]
- Among other announcements this week are: The Seth MacFarlance Collection of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive is open to the public at the Library of Congress and a collection of World War I and II propaganda posters is available at Washington State University. [via InfoDocket and Jennifer Wright, SIA]
- Also coming from across the pond, the National Archives (UK) launched a new First World War portal that allows researchers to access the official UK government records of the First World War, including a vast collection of letters, diaries, maps and photographs. [via InfoDocket]
- For more information about Smithsonian X 3D check out the following video.
by Mitch Toda on November 8, 2013
- Now on view at the National Archives is the exhibition, Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage, which presents the story of the dramatic recovery of 2,700 books and tens of thousands of documents from a flooded basement in the headquarters of the Mukhabarat, Saddam Hussein’s secret police. [via AOTUS blog, NARA]
- We hope you are ready for it, Innovation is coming to the Arts and Industries Building !!!
- Advice on how to do family history research, part 1. [via New York Times]
- Historic costumes are on exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library, historic smell and all. [via The Collation blog, Folger Shakespeare Library]
- A warm welcome to Folklife Today, the new blog of the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center.
- May the WARC be with you, searching for the true meaning of web archiving. [via The Signal: Digital Preservation, LOC]
- By now most of us are familiar with the variety of memes that can spread across the web like a virus, however this same type of spread of information can also be found in the 19th century albeit through different channels. [via MapLab, Wired]
- For more about the Iraqi Jewish Archive, check out the video below.
by Mitch Toda on November 1, 2013
- On display for the first time since the 1990s, a World War II billboard goes up at the National Museum of American History. [via O Say Can You See?, NMAH]
- A nice look into Iron Mountain, a company that securely stores the records of companys, archives, and governments around the world. [via The New Yorker]
- The Internet Archive has a new collection of prominent and historically notable pieces of software, the Historical Software Archive, that you can play in your internet browser. [via Internet Archive Blogs]
- Jurassic Park is getting even closer to reality - Blood molecules found to survive for millions of years in a blood-engorged mosquito. [via The Torch, SI]
- Personal digital archiving is becoming more and more a part of our lives with the increasing prevalence of email and digital images occupying our world. The Library of Congress has an awesome new resource to share, Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving, to help you preserve your digital life. [via The Signal: Digital Preservation, LOC]
- A preview of the National Museum Natural History's plans to renovate its Fossil Hall. [via Around the Mall, Smithsonian Magazine]
- This week, the National Portrait Gallery welcomed the arrival of Nelson Shanks’s The Four Justices, a tribute to the four female justices who have served on the U.S. Supreme Court. [via Face to Face blog, NPG]
- In São Paulo, Brazil recycling doesn’t happen in tidy blue bins, but rather through an informal network of independent waste collectors called catadores who search the streets gathering cans to be sold as scrap metal. A mobile recycling center gives the catadores the opportunity to create stools or other objects made of soda cans to sell. [via Wired Design, Wired]
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