The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Posts tagged with: Digitization
by Mitch Toda on December 6, 2013
- Last chance . . . The Renwick Gallery will be closing to the public after this Sunday, December 8 for renovations and will not open again until 2016. [via Eye Level, SAAM]
- With the holidays imminent, take some advice from the Library of Congress on how to best preserve your digital memories. [via The Signal: Digital Preservation, LOC]
- Speaking of the holidays, the Smithsonian Gardens staff are busy working away at getting the Smithsonian's gardens and buildings decorated to celebrate the season. [via Smithsonian Gardens blog]
- It's official, the new panda cub at the National Zoological Park is named Bao Bao, meaning "precious or treasure" in English. [via Around the Mall, Smithsonian Magazine]
- Recently opened at the National Museum of Natural History is a new space called Q?rius, a first-of-its-kind interactive environment for teens that allows them to connect science with the everyday teen experience. [via The Torch, Smithsonian]
- The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, in cooperation with Marist College and IBM, just launched FRANKLIN, a free virtual reading room and digital library with 350,000 pages of documents and 2,000 photographs related to FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt. [via Jennifer Wright, SIA]
- A new report out by the Library of Congress and the Council on Library and Information Resources takes a look at the American silent feature films from 1919-1929. [via InfoDocket]
- America's love affair with movies can trace its roots perhaps to The Great Train Robbery, which made its debut in December 1903. [via Media Matters blog, NARA]
by Mitch Toda on November 29, 2013
- A video conversation 'Thank You" from Lesley Parilla and the Field Book Project for its Digital Volunteers who helped transcribe a field book on Honeycreepers by Martin Moynihan. [via Field Book Project blog, NMNH]
- In time for World AIDS day on December 1, a massive online archive of AIDS posters is now available. [via InfoDocket]
- This past week people around the country celebrated Thanksgiving with their friends and family. Find out how the holiday was celebrated from a soldier during the Civil War to those serving in the military away from home, as well look at the strangeness of the presidential turkey. [ via The Torch, SI; O Say Can You See?, NMAH; and Raw File, Wired]
- Europeana celebrated its 5th anniversary and the arrival of its 30 millionth cultural object, two years ahead of schedule! [via InfoDocket]
- In a remarkable coindicence, a new book of self-portraits by Vivian Maier comes out the same year that "selfie" was named the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. [via Colossal]
- Instant access! Check out the National Museum of American History's Founding Fragments - a new series of short videos that delves into the storage cabinets and drawers to find an interesting object that illuminates a small piece of the American story. [via O Say Can You See?, NMAH]
by Mitch Toda on November 22, 2013
- Just in time for Thanksgiving, the National Archives has digitized and made available online 5 Thanksgiving related videos. [via InfoDocket]
- More action going on at the construction site of the National Museum of African American History and Culture as a 1920s 44-seat Southern Railway segregated train car and a 1930s guard tower from the Louisiana State Penitentiary were lowered into place in the future museum. [via The Washinton Post]
- You've built it, now how useful is it to users . . . A look at the scholarly uses of digital collections. [via The Signal: Digital Preservation, LOC]
- Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is Jonathan Hennessey's new book, The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation, which presents the story of the Civil War in graphic novel form. [via Library of Congress Blog]
- What is a November without talking about moustaches and facial hair, the Archives' Courtney Bellizzi, explores this very topic over at the Smithsonian Collections Blog.
- That looks a little wrinkled . . . Learn about the process of unrolling, flattening, and conserving a piece of airplane fuselage fabric from World War I. [via AirSpace blog, NASM]
- Last weekend the Smithsonian American Art Museum hosted a hackathon to reimagine the digital interpretation in the museum's visible storage facility, for a look at the people's choice winner, see the video below. [via SAAM]
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.
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