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Carnival of the Commons

Posted by zyrcster in Carnival of The Commons
Getting Ready for Common Ground 2009

Shelley Bernstein
Getting Ready for Common Ground 2009 – Brooklyn Museum

The Commons is busting with activity with various institutions preparing for Common Ground! You’ve got until 16 September 2009 to VOTE.

Heard around and about The Commons:

  • The Commons: Using the Web to Unlock Little Mysteries of the Past, is a very good write-up by Philip Bump, a technology and communications consultant in New York City. He illustrates the article with an example from the Commons.
  • A History of Our Own, Representing Communities and Identities on the Web (SAA09: Session 202), a summary of Andrew Flinn’s session at the Society of American Archivists’ recent conference, by Jeanne Kramer-Smyth. She wraps the Commons into her final thoughts about the session.
  • Did you know that the Getty Museum has audio tours you can listen to on your mobile phone? Check this one out.
  • Smithsonian Museum Day is Saturday, 26 September 2009! Enjoy free general admission for you and a guest to hundreds of museums and cultural venues throughout the United States.
  • How did you witness history on September 11, 2001? Share your story with the Smithsonian Institute’s September 11: Tell Your Story.
  • Take This Job & Shoot It! by Catherine Shteynberg, Smithsonian Photography Initiative, discusses photography and the documentation of labor through the years.
  • Here Comes the Revolution? Marvin Heiferman, Smithsonian Photography Initiative, reports on the new open source initiative for photographic technology that’s happening at Stanford University.
  • The Powerhouse Museum is preparing a new exhibition From Earth to the Universe with Photographic Astronomer David Malin, featuring photographs showcasing the beauty and mystery of our Universe. Catch the previews on their blog.
  • The new high-definition restoration of The Wizard of Oz was made possible in part because of George Eastman House’s safekeeping of the original materials!
  • There is still time to check out the Field Museum’s Water exhibition, and Marisa Naujokas, Chicago Environmental Health Examiner, tells you why you should visit. Hurry! It closes 20 September 2009.
  • The hugely popular and inspirational BP Portrait Award returns to Edinburgh and to the National Galleries of Scotland, beginning 12 December 2009.
  • Love Letter Update, from the Australian War Memorial. Learn more about a mysterious love letter from a young French woman to her soldier sweetie.
  • Here’s an Animal Mummy Update from the Brooklyn Museum.
  • The National Media Museum posts their Film Guide – yay, go watch a good flick with them!
  • Hey cool, the Getty has a Dorothea Lange photograph in their collection. Let’s tweet them to get that into the Commons with the other Lange images!

Overheard on Twitter


Paula Bray
A lightcycle goes down under
to visit the Powerhouse Museum

…turns out the #lightcycle has made it to Sydney where @paulabray and @erikajoy are cooking up something – Brooklyn Museum tweet

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

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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 – Extra Extra! Read all about it!

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Library of Congress
BagIt: Transferring Content for Digital Preservation

A bag functions like a physical envelope that is used to send content through the mail but with bags, a user sends content from one computer to another. This video describes the preparation and transfer of data over the network in bags.

Heard around the Commons:

  • Got a minute to vote for the Powerhouse Museum’s incredible Flickr Commons book? C’mon – click on over to Blurb.
  • Stereo-view detail: The Powerhouse Museum gives a little background on the topic.
  • All is not lost – using digital photography to recover daguerreotypes: a great preservation resource from the Powerhouse.
  • Michael Feinstein comes to George Eastman House in October – get yer tickets!
  • Oregon State University Archives explains their “trip to Mount Hood.”
  • Are you reading the National Library of New Zealand’s Source? Every Friday, a wrap-up of things of use to digital libraries..
  • Cataloging for Gold: Learn what college students have unearthed at the Library of Congress over the summer.
  • Art review: The Chimaera of Arezzo at the Getty Villa: An LA Times article about happenings at the Getty Museum.
  • Want to know where to stay up with the Smithsonian Institution online? can help.
  • Right now in the Luce Foundation Center (Smithsonian Institution) you can borrow a Flip Mino and shoot a video of your museum visit!
  • What price fame? by Marvin Heiferman, Smithsonian Photography Initiative, discusses Annie Leibovitz’s financial situation in a broader sense.
  • And, Down at the Drive-In, by Christin Boggs, Smithsonian Photography Initiative, is an awesome take on the intersection of media and transportation.
  • And the SI has some notes about the International Astronomical Union (IAU) meeting on their Chandra X-ray blog. Check out their 10th Anniversary post, too.
  • Did Michael Jackson model face after Egyptian bust? The Chicago Sun-Times unearths some spooky stuff at the Field Museum.
  • Fflur Dafydd wins £5,000 literary prize for book set at The National Library of Wales! yay!
  • Plan a trip to the National Media Museum!
  • Or, learn from them how to digitize motoring photographs!
  • The State Library of Queensland, Australia, weighs in on conserving gilded frames in the Richard Daintree Photographic Collection.

Friday Fun!

State Library and Archives of Florida
Torch of Friendship

… your welcome is assured…

History in the making, with a clip of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Weekend!

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.


Posted by zyrcster in News
CCC enrollees help to control the Malibu fire near Angeles National Forest, California, from the Oregon State University Archives

CCC enrollees help to control the Malibu fire near Angeles National Forest, California, from the Oregon State University Archives

Today, the Getty Museum sent out this tweet:

Getty Center is closed the rest of the day due to brushfire. LAFD is on the scene.

They also followed up to say that everything was OK and that the evacuation was just precautionary. Yay!

Here’s a reminder that the Getty is on the Flickr Commons, and that you can take a tour of their holdings by visiting them online.

Their set Postcards of Algiers, a Virtual Tour is one of my favorites, and could use some tags and comments from viewers. These postcards are featured in the exhibition Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City (through October 18, 2009, at the GRI).

Algiers: View of the Lower City and the Marina (GRI)

Neurdein Frères
Algiers: View of the Lower City and the Marina, early 20th century
Getty Research Institute: ZPC2 A1A4

Carnival of the Commons

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Heard around the Commons:

Go Visit!

30 & 31 May — Treeless Mountain is showing at the George Eastman House DrydenTheatre. “Director So Yong Kim’s second feature is a gentle and restrained semi-autobiographical account of two little girls, told from a child’s perspective.”

31 May – Last chance to apply for Rock Camp 2009 at the D.C. Public Library.

Carnival of the Commons: Tweets, Rankings & Movie Envy

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Heard on Twitter

Heard on Twitter

Heard around the Commons:

Friday Fun!

Dear beloved Library of Congress: Can haz these short videos on Flickr, plz? KTHXBAI!

Go Visit!

Now Open — Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City, at the Getty. Can’t go? You can see the exhibition on Flickr and download the PDF file of the exhibition brochure!

22 May — Ernst & Young 3-D Theater opens at the Field Museum. Dinosaurs Alive!

23 May – RIT Student Honors Show at the George Eastman House’s Drysdale Theatre. The annual Honors Show highlights some of the year’s best student work from RIT’s School of Film & Animation.

27 May – Looted Art in Europe 1938-45 and its restitution since the Second World War, a talk by Professor Richard J. Evans, a renowned historian and one of the leading experts on the Nazi period, at the National Library of Wales.

Algeria across the Commons

Posted by zyrcster in Across The Commons

Algeria: French, Arab, North Africa, Sahara, mosques, Notre Dame, Albert Camus — A photo essay using Commons images of Algeria and the words of Camus.

I don’t know whether this world has a meaning that transcends it. But I know that I cannot know that meaning and that it is impossible for me just now to know it.

Getty Research Institute

Knowing that certain nights whose sweetness lingers will keep returning to the earth and sea after we are gone, yes, this helps us to die.

Brooklyn Museum

Gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe.

Getty Research Institute

All systems of morality are based on the idea that an action has consequences that legitimize or cancel it. A mind imbued with the absurd merely judges that those consequences must be considered calmly.

Nationaal Archief

Outside of that single fatality of death, everything, joy or happiness, is liberty.

Library of Congress

The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.

Brooklyn Museum

Recent Uploads to the Commons

Posted by zyrcster in Carnival of The Commons
Video-mania! The State Library and Archives of Florida posts a number of fascinating film clips. The ‘72 Republican and Democratic Conventions, news reels, and mermaids. Wow!
Filming Florida
The Smithsonian Institution celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a series of portraits. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
The New York Public Library brings us three new sets of photographs on New York City! Their Broadway Street Views set is

like a a 19th century version of Google’s Street View.

Broadway Street Views (1899)
They also have fashionable images of 5th Avenue,

from Washington Square up to Central Park, passing other pedestrians, carriages, cops, and storefronts long since gone.

Fifth Avenue, New York (1911)
Also, they have photos of the construction of the Woolworth Building, the tallest building in the world back in 1913. Do not miss seeing these images!
Construction of the Woolworth Building in New York City
We are all just gaga over the Algiers postcards from the newest member of the Commons, the Getty Research Institute. Getty has maps, too!
Postcards of Algiers, a Virtual Tour
Frolic with farmers and sheep in a delightful set of images from the National Library of Wales.
Ffarmio / Farming
The State Library of New South Wales impresses us with more delightful Sam Hood photographs, everything from elephants at a tea party to art deco and fabulous dancers.
Sam Hood
Visit Cahuzac-sur-Vère, France, courtesy of the Bibliothèque de Toulouse.
See images of Olivença, a border town between Portugal and Spain, from the Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
See more great views of Sweden from the Swedish National Heritage Board’s collection.
Carl Curman – Sweden
Fifty more images from the Library of Congress’s Bains New Service collection are uploaded: beaches, baseball, biplanes, and noted persons.
News in the 1910s

New to the Commons: The Getty Research Institute

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in News

We welcome to the Commons the Getty Research Institute! The Getty brings to the Flickr Commons, to start, from “a Photo Study Collection comprised of approximately two million study photographs of art and architecture from antiquity through the 20th-century”, photographic postcards of Algiers in the early 20th century — postcards whose stamps tell of real journeys as well as those across time:

Casbah: Rue du Tombouctou (December 20, 1909)

Casbah: Rue du Tombouctou (December 20, 1909)