Link Love: 9/23/2011

South Gallery of the Hagia Sophia, vault mosaics, Istanbul, Turkey.

  • I’m a huge fan of the architecture of Istanbul, whose skyline is dominated by some of the most famous buildings in the world, so I was excited to hear about this new blog from Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, in DC:  The Robert L. Van Nice Collection. The blog highlights the field materials of this architect, who studied and restored Hagia Sofia in Istanbul [via Aly DesRochers, SIA].
  • For all of you Potter fans: “How an Archives is Like Hogwarts” [via Jennifer Wright, SIA].
  • Well that’s a new school perk: incoming students at the University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science get free data storage for life. Do you think more schools will start offering this [via @foundhistory]?
  • An important project for families, genealogists,  and researchers alike: the Virginia Historical Society’s “Unknown No Longer” project is a database of slave names gathered from the many records in their collections [via Now and Then blog].
  • Great resource: the webcast, “Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories” presented by Bill Lefurgy of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress, is available archived online, and provides tips about keeping digital photos, electronic documents, and other media safe [via Sarah Stauderman, SIA].
  • In case you missed last week’s Linked Open Data talk by Jon Voss, it is now available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure:

“An Introduction to Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives & Museums,” a talk by Jon Voss given at the Smithsonian Institution on September 16, 2011.


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