Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn Museum API’

Brooklyn Museum focuses on copyright

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in News

As of World’s Fair Use Day, the Brooklyn Museum now includes much more rights-status information in its online collection and has fully integrated this information into its API. Many Commons fans — who are often also Creative Commons fans — will appreciate this change as well, announced by Shelley Bernstein:

Lastly, we’ve taken one more baby step in the ongoing direction of opening up more content—with images and text that we own the copyright to, we’ve changed our default Creative Commons license on the site from a CC-BY-NC-ND to a CC-BY-NC, to allow for greater re-use of materials.

Deborah Wythe, Head of Digital Collections and Services (and a past contributor to Indicommons), writes in the Brooklyn’s blog about the complex decision-making and time-consuming groundwork that made all this possible. The Brooklyn online collection’s users are also invited to join in, as those of us who use the Commons have, in providing new and better information:

Now that we’ve included all of this information on the collections pages, I’m hoping that members of our community will jump in and help with the project, just like they have on Flickr Commons. If you have more information about our artists (are you one of them?) — get in touch! If you think we’ve gotten something wrong, let us know and we’ll fix it.

Keep an eye on the museum blog for further posts, which promise to shed more light on the dark corners of copyright issues in museums:

I’ll be providing more detailed information about the project in future blog postings. Stay tuned for a post on our guidelines and I’m thinking about digging into the publication history of some works in the collection to show what it really takes to declare something “public domain.” Let me know if there are topics you’d like to hear about (keeping in mind that I am very definitely NOT a lawyer).

Carnival of the Commons: Owls, Apps, News & Stories

Posted by zyrcster in Carnival of The Commons

The Long Now Foundation
Wayne Clough: Smithsonian Forever, August 17, 2009

The Smithsonian Institution’s brand-new Secretary, Wayne Clough, discusses the prospects of the 163-year-old largest museum and research complex in the world — including the long-term future of science and education.

Heard around The Commons on Flickr:

  • Flickr Commons: It was a year ago…, a summary of the National Media Museum’s first year in The Commons. “100,000s of views, 1000s of comments, and 100s of arguments over whether they were fake or real, spooky or not. “
  • The National Media Museum has podcasts! Check out their interview with the screenwriter and executive producer of ITV’s new adaptation of Wuthering Heights, held prior to a preview screening of the film.
  • 1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist at the Brooklyn Museum for September 2009: Duke Riley.
  • They also release a nifty application, BklynMuse, a community-powered recommendation system for the objects that are on display there!
  • Read the Wall Street Journal’s take on “state-of-the-art museum tours”; they talk to Shelley Bernstein at the Brooklyn Museum. The New York Post weighs in, too.
  • artdaily praises the new exhibition at the Getty Museum, Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference.
  • The Chicago Tribune writes about the acquisition of lynching victim Emmett Till’s casket by the Smithsonian Institution.
  • The SI’s National Museum of American History launched a new exhibition earlier this year, On the Water: Stories from Maritime America. They also have a Flickr group for your images of maritime activities across the United States of America.
  • SI experiments with ShareTabs, a quick way to share links.
  • That Picture Looks Great On You: Marvin Heiferman, Smithsonian Photography Initiative, talks about the new ubiquity of photography.
  • Photos, Guns, Africa, Stanley, & Kalulu, Catherine Shteynberg, Smithsonian Photography Initiative — a story straight out of The Commons.
  • Bamboo, bamboo, bamboo bamboobamboobamboobam.
  • Reading War and Peace, some advice on reading this classic literature, on the New York Public Library’s blog.
  • The Library of Congress announces their September film series.
  • Powerhouse Museum announces their Common Ground meetup in October!
  • The U.S. National Park Service celebrated their birthday on August 25th. If you couldn’t get to a park this weekend, enjoy Yosemite — it’s in The Commons!
  • The State Library of Queensland, Australia, hosted Commandant Henry Miller’s descendant, Quentin Miller, at Redcliffe, which was the first European settlement in Queensland, established as the Moreton Bay Penal Colony in September 1824.
  • The butcher and the grocer: A Western Front story, by the Australian War Memorial.
  • Oregon State University Archives reports on the 6-month closure of the The Southern Oregon Historical Society. :””(
  • They also post a nifty history of Mazamas, a climbing club in Portland, Oregon.
  • And! They announce their digitized book, Oregon, a story of progress and development, together with an account of the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition to be held in Portland, Oregon, from June first to October fifteenth, nineteen hundred and five, available on ScholarsArchive. Dang, Tiah, that’s a mouthful!

Monday Morning Mayhem!


Mehgan Murphy/Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Burrowing Owl Babies, August 28, 2009
Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo

The Smithsonian asked last week if the tweeples following them on Twitter could identify these newborns. They did!

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed two burrowing owl chicks Aug. 2—the first hatching of this species at the Zoo in 30 years. The chicks’ parents, a 5-year-old male and 4-year-old female, have been at the Zoo since June 2006.

The last time burrowing owls successfully bred at the National Zoo was in the late 1970s. A recent population-management plan recommended breeding the Zoo’s current adult pair. The chicks are with their parents in the Zoo’s Bird House. Currently, there is semi-transparent filter paper covering their exhibit, providing the chicks with privacy. As they become more comfortable with their new surroundings, the paper will slowly be removed.

Carnival of the Commons: Of Baby Animals & iPhone Apps

Posted by zyrcster in Carnival of The Commons

This is your weekly update of important events and notes about the institutions that partake in the Flickr Commons.

Wild Thing: The Smithsonian National Zoo: a one hour video, courtesy of Hulu.
Great Museums

Friday Fun!

Baby Boom at the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center
Smithsonian Institution: National Zoo

Need more baby animals fix? Look no farther than Flickr and the National Zoo’s photostream.

Go Visit!

01 AugustMy Fair Lady at the Dryden Theatre, George Eastman House, a Lerner and Loewe classic.

Now through 18 OctoberIn Focus: Making a Scene at the Getty Museum. Theatricality and photography: “the images in this exhibition are inspired by art history, literature, religion, and mainstream media.”

13 August – The New York Public Library partners with the NYC chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to host screenings of HBO’s series on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Carnival of the Commons – Hold on to your head!

Posted by zyrcster in Carnival of The Commons
Ryand, of the George Eastman House, shares some stats with the Museum and Web Conference about their most popular image in the Commons.

40,463 all time views
36 tags (one is “Hombre sin cabeza”)
4 notes
517 favorites
1 set
0 collections
2 groups

The title? “Trick photo, decapitated man with bloody knife, holding his head.”

George Eastman House

Heard around the Commons:

  • Congrats to State Library of Queensland’s Tania Schafer for being awarded The Australian Society of Archivists’ Loris Williams Scholarship!
  • How to mash up the Commons’ photos with Google Earth.
  • A multitouch, multiuser mashup allows visitors to explore Flickr photos geotagged into a Yahoo! Map. Hat tip to George for the find.
  • Museums and the Web 2009 Conference: catch the dialogue on Twitter with #mw2009
  • The D.C. Public Library makes headlines as it joins the Flickr Commons at LISNews, We Love DC, and Aaron’s own blog about it.
  • Check out DCPL’s Then and Now photo contest, too!
  • The D.C. Public Library has also launched the first free library iPhone application in the U.S.!
  • Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training, edited by Mohamed Ally, looks like an informative read for anyone interested in the use of mobile technology for various distance learning applications. Hat tip to DCPL.
  • Seb Chan, Powerhouse Museum, tells us how to integrate Tweets and other social network comments onto our blogs. We haven’t hooked that up yet at Indicommons, but I have used this plug-in elsewhere and highly recommend it.
  • Museums and the Machine-Processable Web: A wiki led by the Science Museum, London, for museums using (or thinking of using) an API.
  • Interview with Shelley Bernstein and Paul Beaudoin (Brooklyn Museum) at the electronic museum about their API.
  • Here’s a Python module for the Brooklyn Museum’s API.
  • The Brooklyn Museum updates the look and feel of its web calendar.
  • The Brooklyn Museum’s Judy Kim explains how Sun K. Kwak came to the museum.
  • An update from the Smithsonian Institution on its digitization program.
  • A fun online postcard exhibit by the Smithsonian Institution.
  • The SI’s Keith F. Davis on collecting photographs.
  • The SI American Art Museum’s Ghosts of a Chance ARG is a Webby honoree!
  • The Oregon State University Archives helps celebrate 150 years of Oregon! Ooh … films, too.
  • The Bibliothèque de Toulouse reviews John Crowley’s film Boy A.
  • The World Digital Library will launch on April 21st, in seven languages. The project has been developed by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, along with 32 other partners from around the world.

Go Visit!

21 April 2009: William Shakespeare’s 445th birthday will be celebrated at the Library of Congress with a reading of his works by 16 professional actors from the Shakespeare Theater Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University.

Brooklyn Browser

Posted by striatic in Tools

Brooklyn BrowserLast week, the Brooklyn Museum released a public API allowing outside programmers access to their extensive Collections database. While the Flickr API allows developers access to the Brooklyn Museum’s images on Flickr, uploads are made over time so that people can more easily follow and add metadata to the collection as it accumulates. Consequently, the vast majority of the Brooklyn Museum’s Collection is not yet available via Flickr, and is inaccessible via the Flickr API.

The Brooklyn Museum’s API is inspired by Flickr’s, and structured very similarly to it as well. This has allowed Indicommons chief of development David Wilkinson to build Brooklyn Browser, a simple but effective tool for searching and browsing the museum’s collection inside an Adobe Flash–based interface. The advantage here is simplicity and speed. After running a basic keyword or name search, the results can be clicked on and expanded without having to load up additional pages, making it much easier and faster to browse through images in the collection.

This tool may be a work in progress, and is limited to 20 results per search, but it demonstrates how adopting elements of the Commons can benefit internal collections. Open APIs allow services and collections to become interconnected, the experience of outside developers to be engaged, and new tools and spaces to be fashioned to benefit the community at large.