The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Archive: 2010 - Page 1
- We have old-school photos of snow at the Archives. Check out these high-tech 3D images of snow from the U.S. Department of Agriculture [via Effie Kapsalis, SIA].
- Arianna Huffington talks Web 2.0 and museums.
- What happens when you cross the Library of Congress with Netflix? The LoC is hoping to stream some of their notable films online [via @archivesinfo].
- The National Archives has a shiny new and improved search engine.
- The Secret Life of Images. Smithsonian Libraries talks up metadata and shares their best practices for embedding metadata in digital images.
- Talk about crowdsourcing. When lack resources and the painstaking nature of document transcription get you down, you call in the masses: scholars have recruited the public to help them transcribe the long-delayed papers of the Enlightenment philosopher Jeremy Bentham.
- A Happy New Year to you from SIA! Here’s a bizarre but rousing New Year’s greeting straight from the BFI National Archive:
As I wrap up my first year with the Smithsonian Institution Archives, I’d like to take a moment to pay homage to some of my favorite images. While the title “Photograph Archivist” might suggest I spend a lot of time looking at pictures, the truth of the matter is that I spend a lot of time manipulating and creating data that will make these pictures discoverable and accessible over time. A lot of this process involves scale and the application of global metadata, detecting and exploiting patterns in metadata, and establishing and implementing standards. Have I lost you yet? I do get to see some pretty amazing images though, and would like to afford those with more than a mental note. The following slide show of images simply contains things that make me happy, for no other reason than that I find them visually pleasing. I look forward to collecting many more favorites in the new year and sharing with you the rich visual history of the Smithsonian Institution and its vast collections.
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