Archive for the ‘News’ Category
We’re delighted to welcome to the Commons the National Library of Ireland. The Library joins with over 200 images of life in the city and country, especially in the Munster region — part of collaborative project described on the Munsterset page. Image detectives are particularly invited to check out the What’s this? set.
The Flickr Commons group and Indicommons are delighted to welcome to the Commons the San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives, with their — are you ready? — over 100,000 images. You’ll find everything here from aircraft manufacturing to the people in and around aircraft, from aerobatic stunt teams to jet pilots, from early drawings of failed aircraft to dynamic airplane art. Not sure where to start? Try their Best of SDASM set!
Why do you think sharing historic photos on a social media site, like Flickr, is important?
It’s an amazing resource for folks who use images, and for users to give back stories, links, tags, comments, and context. People like to learn, to tell stories, and to help–that’s the basis of any good crowdsourcing project.
Read the whole post — Suffragettes, Wearable Art, and Flickr — for more of Penny’s thoughts on Flickr, the Commons, and things that can be done with historical archives.
An article in today’s New York Times shines a light on the difference that social media is making today to an institution as venerable as the Smithsonian Institution, highlighted by Commons fans’ identification of Elizabeth Sabin Goodwin. Find out how many more ways social media is increasing the knowledge possessed by the Smithsonian, in “Smithsonian Uses Social Media to Expand Its Mission.”
Catching up with the Continent …
|The Bibliothèque de Toulouse has been prolific in its uploads since the new year, with hundreds of new regional images, including stereoscopic landscapes, stamps, ships, bullfights, and warmer days in Biarritz.||
Arènes, toréro, taureau
|Eighty new images from Bergen Public Library focus on portraits, especially of Edvard Grieg and family, and on scenes of Norway.||
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson & Edvard Grieg
|The Swedish National Heritage Board continues regular weekly uploads of a range of its collection, with a wealth of rune stones and landscapes.||
Archaeological excavation in Härnösand, Ångermanland, Sweden
|From the Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, dozens of new images of architectural treasures, workplaces, celebrations, and more.||
Móveis A. Campos, Ldª, Lisboa, Portugal
|And Nationaal Archief brings us poverty to receive gifts and celebrate Mardi Gras.||
Prins Carnaval Wannes I
After several weeks on hiatus, Recent Uploads is back! For the next few posts, Recent Uploads could be as “recent” as November, but we hope you’ll discover something new in the Commons that you’d missed in the meantime.
|Montreal, Canada’s Musée McCord is also back, with new sets of Canadian ships and trains, winter and summer sports, and children with toys.||
Kahnawake Lacrosse Club, Montreal, QC, 1867
|From Western Canada, the Galt Museum & Archives brings Lethridge, Alberta firsts and lost buildings. And what says “Canadian Prairie winter” more than curling?||
Eugene B. Ely Piloting The First Aircraft Flight In Lethbridge
|Just below the Canada-U.S. border, George Eastman House, an early Commons member, brings more of its fine collection to the Commons — from the animal world … adorable kittens included.||
Kitten nestled in a bonnet (ca. 1885)
|Across the continent, Oregon State University Archives brings its usual wide range, from colorful suburbs, perfect pools, garden art, and promenades to postwar France, Germany, and “wonderful” Italy. And who can resist a set called Couple of people doing stuff in the Commons?||
Couple of women observing rainbow trout
|And also in the American West, the University of Washington Digital Collections a sizable set of photographs of Federal Emergency Relief projects from the mid-1930s, from construction projects to housing for the homeless — a significant addition to the growing amount of Depression-era American photography to be found in the Commons.||
Cost of Living Survey Office