The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Posts tagged with: Education
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 February 15, 2013
- A sound for sore ears, the Library of Congress unveiled their National Recording Preservation Plan, a framework for saving America's recorded sound heritage for future generations. [via Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig, SIA]
- Twitter and scholarly research? A new tool being developed at George Washington University Libraries allows social media researchers to gather data from Twitter. [via InfoDocket]
- All is not lost, Operation Photo Rescue was recently in New York City to help people restore photographs that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. [via Marcel LaFollete, SIA]
- The British Library recently announced the digitization of some of its most important works in their collections. [via Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig, SIA]
- With the London 2012 Summer Olympics a distant memory, and with the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on the horizon, photographer David Burnett shares some of his decidley unique images of the games that he took with a 1940s Speed Graphic camera and a 1943 Aerial reconnaissance lens. [via PetaPixel]
- Bringing museum collections, children, and a little mystery together, at the National Museum of American History the Tooth Fairy makes dental deposits. [via O say can you see?, NMAH]
- Are you getting overwhelmed by all of the digital information in your life? If so, check out the upcoming Personal Digital Archiving 2013 program at the University of Maryland, College Park. See video below. [via Effie Kapsalis, SIA]
by Mitch Toda on January 25, 2013
- Beyoncé's performance at this weeks Presidential Inauguration will not be forgotten. Why? Because she keeps her own digital archive of her life and work of course. [via Jennifer Wright, SIA]
- Check your local listings. The Library of Congress, in collaboration with the American Library Association's Association for Library Collections and Technical Services and the Public Library Association, will develop a collection of digital literacy resources that will be accessible to libraries, patrons and other community-based organizations for personal digital archiving. [via The Signal: Digital Preservation, LOC]
- Former Wikipedian-in-Residence at SIA and the Archives of American Art, Sarah Stierch, will be taking on the role of US OpenGLAM Coordinator to work with GLAMs (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) in the US to teach and inspire them to open their cultural holdings in a broader open license manner. [via Effie Kapsalis, SIA]
- In the recent publication, Science Education and Citizenship, author Sevan G. Terzian draws upon information and images from Record Unit 7091 - Science Service, Records, and examines the civic purposes of science fairs, clubs, and talent searches and their impact on youth over four decades in the early to mid-twentieth century. [via Ellen Alers, SIA]
- The Internet Archives' Wayback Machine now has 240,000,000,000 URLs, enabling users to search wesbites from late 1996 to December 9, 2012. [via Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig, SIA]
- The Civil War ushered in a variety of technological advances, but the Confederate Civil War helicopter thought up by William C. Powers failed to get off the ground. [via AirSpace, NASM]
- Petabytes of data, no problem . . . the Vatican Library and its work to digitize its rich and vast collections to make them accessible to everyone.
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