Carnival of the Commons

Posted by zyrcster in Carnival of The Commons

Heard around the Commons:

  • What does it take to join the Commons? ArchivesNext asked Tiah Edmunson-Morton of the Oregon State University Archives exactly that!
  • The Brooklyn Museum has its own API for its web collection! Read the museum’s announcement and visit the API site for more details. The National Library of New Zealand also has its own API.
  • Elliot Young, at the National Library of New Zealand’s blog, explains Subversive Git, a good summary of version control systems.
  • The Powerhouse Museum tells a great tale about a remixed photograph from its Flickr collection.
  • Try a book review of Yesterday’s Tomorrows: The Powerhouse Museum and Its Precursors, 1880-2005, by Graeme Davison and Kimberley Webber.
  • Seb Chan discusses a number of tools at the Powerhouse Museum’s Fresh and New(er) blog: Readability – reducing clutter with a bookmarklet, QR Code and a Google Analytics Report Enhancer.
  • Did you know the George Eastman House held an Academy Awards 2009 party?
  • The wrap-up post for the Brooklyn Museum’s Egyptian dig. We’ll be interviewing someone on their team about the dig later this month.
  • In the news: the Library of Congress tells CBS all about data rot.
  • Panda Time! Learn about the Smithsonian Photography Initiative and Pandas (video).
  • Also, the Smithsonian Institution launches a new blog on photography. As new photos are uploaded to the Commons, the Smithsonian asks archivists, researchers, and curators to talk about some of the fun stories in the pictures or behind the scenes.

Recent uploads from the Commons:

Oregon State University Archives posts a magnificent series of photos depicting Celilo Falls on the Columbia River prior to the construction of the Dalles Dam in 1957. The falls were once Native American fishing grounds. OSU provides a wealth of links and resources to discover more about this buried treasure.
Gerald W. Williams Collection:
Celilo Falls
Get your locomotive on with Paths of Iron, train photography from the Estúdio Mário Novais, archived by the Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Companhia dos Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses
Discover the architecture of Gourdon, a small town in southwestern France with a rich prehistoric past, from the Bibliothèque de Toulouse,.
Fascinating group and crowd scenes by William Hall Raine, a Wellington, New Zealand, photographer. This is first in a number of Raine sets from the National Library of New Zealand.
William Hall Raine
The Powerhouse Museum adds to its Phillips Collection.
Read the write-up at the museum’s blog.

Phillips Glass Plate Negatives Collection
The Smithsonian Institution adds to the corpus of Lincoln photographs. See these treasures in person at the One Life: The Mask of Lincoln exhibit.
Abraham Lincoln
More new uploads from the State Archives of Florida
put on a happy face!

Florida Commerce
It’s almost International Women’s Day!
Suffragettes galore from the Library of Congress.

News in the 1910s

Go Visit!

Now Hiring: Media Assistant for the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institution. Help the SI use social media!

13-28 Mar.: The Bradford International Film Festival at the National Media Museum. Experience film from Mexico, Latvia, Japan, France, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, the Netherlands and the United States.

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4 Responses to “Carnival of the Commons”

  1. Seb Chan Says:

    Oops! You’ve linked that interview with a Powerhouse remixer to a spam blog that has harvested our RSS feed. Don’t give them the Google juice!

    The correct link should be –

  2. Stephanie Fysh Says:

    Eek! Thanks – off to fix it now!

  3. Criz Says:

    Thanks for that catch!

  4. lifeasdaddy Says:

    Interesting article about data rot.

    “And the more you realize that converting your old recordings to digital formats is only the beginning. Preserving those files is a job that will last the rest of your life, and beyond. ”

    Another posibility for audio material could be cutting it to a phonograph record or cylinder. I’ve got cylinders 90 years old and phonograph records 75 years old which I can still play with pretty good fidelity to the original artists. Bakelite is pretty stong stuff, although brittle. Vinyl is pretty good too, and not so fragile. Both do degrade and wear with frequent playback, but now I’m thinking maybe not as much as the digital alternatives.

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