Carnival of the Commons: around the world, and beyond

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Heard around the Commons:

  • Anzac Day across the Commons. The Australia War Memorial has an excellent tribute and a report on the Simpson Prize awarded for Anzac Day.
  • The John Oxley Library (State Library of Queensland, Australia) records responses on the Apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples and also reports on the Anzac Day presentations.
  • The Library of Congress reports that the World Digital Library received 14 million page views between Tuesday and Wednesday its first week.
  • For Earth Day, the Oregon State University Archive recommends “The dawn of the color photograph: Albert Kahn’s archives of the planet” by David Okuefuna. Check out more of the OSU’s Earth Day resources here.
  • Opposing viewpoints laid out at the Smithsonian 2.0 Forum.
  • The WaPo reports on the 77 American self-portraits now on display at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution: ‘Reflections/Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the 20th Century
  • We Are What We Photograph: an article by Merry A. Foresta, Smithsonian Photography Initiative.
  • Lincoln’s Other White House: a podcast from the D.C. Public Library.
  • The Spider and the Web: an online experiment by Dan Cohen. He posts an item from the Smithsonian Institution to Twitter, asking for it to be identified. I’m anxious to see the results.
  • Smithsonian Institution Facebook Page Fans: How to add their updates to your newsfeed.
  • Let Freedom Ring: an article by the Smithsonian Photography Initiative on what’s legal to photograph.
  • How stuff happens: H.R.586 – Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009: to direct the Librarian of Congress and the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution to carry out a joint project at the Library of Congress and the National Museum of African American History and Culture to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals who participated in the Civil Rights movement, and for other purposes.
  • The Powerhouse Museum describes the assembly of the astrographic camera.
  • Meet the conservator at the Brooklyn Museum: Carolyn Tomkiewicz explains the process of arranging the debris.
  • The Brooklyn Museum approves an API key for an iPhone app.
  • A study by Simon Tanner at the Mellon Foundation on the cost and policy models adapted by US arts museums in arriving at pricing structures for delivering imaging and rights services.
  • Don’t miss the Friday wrap-up of digital news and notes that the National Library of New Zealand puts out weekly.
  • The Telegraph and Argus discovers hidden treasures at the National Media Museum.

More Info from the Museums and the Web 2009 Conference:

Shelley at the Brooklyn Museum says,

Paula Bray and Seb Chan from Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum came to visit us on Monday. They just produced a Blurb book from their materials on the Flickr Commons and Brooklyn had done a Blurb book for Click! so we made a trade!


Brooklyn Museum
  • Thank you for being a friend – helping the Brooklyn Museum out.
  • Museum Pipes: A blog to augment a suite of Yahoo! Pipes that work with museum website and public collection information.
  • Avoiding the Participatory Ghetto: Are Museums Evolving with Their Innovative Web Strategies? by Nina Simon.
  • Make Museums Like: The New Curator plays a bit with something learned at Museums and the Web 2009. Check out why they think museums ought to pay attention to social media, also.
  • Brad Hemminger muses on an outsider looking in at MW2009.
  • Angelina Russo’s notes from the MW2009 conference.
  • Here’s an interesting Flickr-Yahoo Maps mash-up for museums from Ideum.
  • With the Powerhouse peeps (Seb and Paula) at dinner with the dinos in the Australian Museum.
    Shelley Bernstein

    Go Visit!

    23-25 April 2009 – The Rochester International Film Festival at the Dryden Theater, George Eastman House Celebrating the festival’s 50th year, this event hosts films from around the world.

    Through April 26 Photographs by Andy Lock at the George Eastman House.

    27 April An EPA official discusses global approach to environmental challenges at the Whittall Pavilion, located on the ground floor of the Library of Congress’s Thomas Jefferson Building this event is free.

    28 April The Federal Writers’ Project will be the focus of an excerpted film screening and panel discussion, “Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project,” in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the Library of Congress.

    Starting 30 April Directions by Walead Beshty, at the Hirshhorn Museum (Smithsonian Institution). “Beshty’s mesmerizing photographs blend an enduring fascination with modernist visual culture and an astute inquiry into the nature of photography.”

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