The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
- Get ready for this summer's big installation at the National Building Museum: Hive. [via WAPO]
- Want to play old school games like Frogger? The Internet Archive has a Mac game emulator for you! [via Wired]
- Produce art. [via Colossal]
- A series of tutorials from the American Alliance of Museums, Becoming a Data Startup (for museums). [via AAM]
- 470,000 images from Europeana are now available in Creative Commons via the Europeana API. [via Info Docket]
- In preparation for this weekend's Earth Optimism Summit hosted by the Smithsonian, a look at the Smithsonian's history of conservation science. [via Smithsonian Insider]
- One-stop (free) shopping for NASA's entire photo archive! [via Vice]
- Inside the NY Times morgue files.
- 3 entries in the Peeps diorama contest featured the Kusama exhibit at the Hirshhorn! [via Food & Wine]
- 2 fun Twitter accounts brought to you by bots: How Bots See Art and Public Domain Cut-Up.
- Hear an extinct language from 6000 years ago. [via Open Culture]
Scientific research has been integral to the Smithsonian, from its founding to today. The Smithsonian's founder, Englishman James Smithson, saw in the U.S. (according to his biographer, Heather Ewing) "a place of the future" that could support "science and progress for humanity." He believed that scientists were "citizens of the world" and that the work they did benefited everyone. He was a chemist and studied almost everything he encountered. Furthermore, the leaders of the Smithsonian, or secretaries, often had science backgrounds; physics, ornithology, paleontology, and archaelogy to name a few.
Today, Smithsonian scientists work around the world, in laboratories, observatories, and the field, studying topics that range from astrophysics to conservation biology to coastal ecosystems to tropical ecologies. As people gather in Washington D.C. for both the March for Science and the Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summit, we look back at some of our scientists who have made science history at the Smithsonian and in the world.
- Science Service Records, 1920s-1970s, SIA Accession 90-105