The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 12/2/2011
by Catherine Shteynberg on December 2, 2011
- Congrats to the US National Archives, who has just joined Historypin: the wonderful online project that pins historic images from personal and public archives on top of Google Street View Maps.
- We contributed quite a few images from our collections to this new site on the Burgess Shale--the world's first complex marine ecosystems that's part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site which was excavated by Charles Doolittle Walcott, paleontologist and fourth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1907-1927) [via Sarah Stauderman, SIA].
- I learned a few new things here: tips and tricks about how to conduct better online Google searches [via Marguerite Roby, SIA].
- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History writes about the history of holiday retail, illustrated by retail history images from their collections.
- The Visual Accent & Dialect Archive (VADA) is an archive of video clips from around the world documenting English-language accents, and you can contribute your own.
- Our sister blog, the Field Book Project blog, writes about the enthusiastic field notes of James Eike from the Archives’ collections, which document birds in the Northern Virginia area.
- The 2011 Horizon Report, Museum Edition is now out, and includes this nifty video examining emerging technologies will have a potential impact on museums:
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