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Carnival of the Commons

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Archival footage brought to you by the Walt Disney Imagineers. Hat tip to the Getty Museum for this great web find. I got sucked into watching the whole series just now of time-lapse photography of the building of Disneyland in Southern California, circa the 1950s.

Heard around the Commons:

Carnival of the Commons: Of Baby Animals & iPhone Apps

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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: on the Moon

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Astronaut James Irwin gives salute beside U.S. flag during lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA)

NASA
Astronaut James Irwin gives salute beside U.S. flag during lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA), August 1, 1971
George Eastman House: 1992:0007:0002.0001
  • George Eastman House posts a terrific podcast on the The Lunar Orbiter Camera, manufactured by Eastman Kodak.
  • Also from GEH, The Moon Imagined, about James Hall Nasmyth and the moon.
  • The Getty Museum tweeted a great old moon photo in their collection to celebrate the 40th anniversary of men walking on the moon.
  • Students can help archive the Internet – the Library of Congress teams up with the Internet Archive (hey! George works there, yay!) and the California Digital Library to launch the K-12 Web Archiving Program.
  • The Field Museum launches a new Facebook application! Get yer pirate on, matey…
  • Preserving Gallipoli aerial photographs, an article from the Australian War Memorial about one of their fascinating and unusual collections.
  • Check out the Picks from the feminist bloggers on the Brooklyn Museum’s site: Feminist art, news, and events from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
  • Have you read the New York Public Library’s Blogging@NYPL? A great resource for book reviews and info on their services.
  • Read Destination: Niagara Falls, a great article by Christin Boggs of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative.
  • Iain Logie Baird, the curator of television at the National Media Museum, talks with the BBC about an old TV set.
  • View podcasts of the NMeM’s film series.
  • The Oregon State University Archives has a new take on preserving history (psst, it involves Flickr!)
  • The Powerhouse Museum asks for your help with direct input into the Australian Government 2.0 Issues Paper.
  • Do also check out some fun notes about their Odditorium exhibit.
  • Learn about debris from an exploded star in the Smithsonian Institution’s Chandra X-ray Lab blog.
  • View the Design in D.C. webcasts on Friday, July 24, 10 a.m.–11 a.m., from the Smithsonian’s National Design Museum.

Carnival of the Commons: Crowdsourcing the Commons from your iPhone

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Want to tag Flickr Commons photos on your iPhone? Check out the Extraordinaries! Crowdsourcing just got a whole lot easier.

Heard around the Commons:

  • Hot diggity! The Swedish National Heritage Board reports it’s reached 200,000 views on its Flickr Commons collection!
  • Remembering Michael Jackson, from the New York Public Library’s blog.
  • The Library of Congress is now on Facebook and iTunes U!
  • There is still time to sign up for the FLICC Preservation Institute, a joint venture between Lyrasis, the Library of Congress, the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC), and the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK).
  • Three new indigenous digital stories are now on Queensland Stories at the State Library of Queensland, Australia’s website.
  • Check out the Powerhouse Museum’s Odditoreum, “an incredibly low-tech ‘exhibition’ with no technology-based interactive experiences and minimal web presence.”
  • See the Modern Times immersive, a nifty Powerhouse article about an exhibition which is traveling to the State Library of Queensland.
  • Husbands and Wives: Stories from the Film Archive of the George Eastman House.
  • A quick rundown of the Brooklyn Museum’s ArtSee, a web app formatted for the iPod Touch 3″ screen.
  • The Scout Report brings you the Best of 2008-2009 online resources, and the Smithsonian’s History Explorer tops the chart!
  • The Camera Loved Einstein, another in a series of posts about the Smithsonian’s Flickr collection, by Catherine Shteynberg, Smithsonian Photography Initiative.
  • A Galaxy Collision in Action, an informative post from the Smithsonian’s Chandra X-Ray blog about Stephan’s Quintet.
  • Happy birthday to the Smithsonian National Zoo’s giant happy panda, Tai Shan! See photos of Tai Shan and his giant birthday cake.

Friday Fun:

Watch an intriguing video about digital information by Everywhere Is Here.
Hat tip to the good folks at the D.C. Public Library for this find.

Go Visit!

11 July - Mas Exitos, the legendary twice-a-month event held at the Verdugo Bar in Highland Park, comes to the Getty Museum. The Getty has been closed due to wildfires this week, so be sure to call ahead for information about this event.

23 July - Watkins and the Rapiers play at the George Eastman House, part of the Garden Vibes summer concert series.

Carnival of the Commons!

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Friday Fun!

Brooklyn Museum
mummy#1 Lady Hor 37.50E being moved, June 2009

The Brooklyn Museum engaged in live tweeting on 23 June when they took four mummies from their collection to be CT scanned at the North Shore University Hospital in Long Island. They used hashtag #mummyCT: their Tweets and with everyone!
See more photos and videos here.

Heard around the Commons:

  • The Brooklyn Museum’s 1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for July 2009: Ranjit Bhatnagar’s “Exquisite Sonnet.” 1stfans members, get yer tweet on for this one!
  • The 2nd International m-Libraries Conference in Vancouver is all a-twitter with updates: #mlib09.
  • Make it Digital – DigitalNZ’s one-stop shop for questions about creating digital content in New Zealand! This site features questions, ideas, and guides; do drop by and check it out.
  • Top museums on Twitter – Jim Richardson reports on how museums are using the popular micro-blogging website Twitter. The Brooklyn Museum is listed as #2.
  • Be sure to make a visit to The Source: news about digital libraries and library innovations from around the web, brought to you every Friday by the National Library of New Zealand. Copyfights!
  • What’s in the workshop #2 – Investigate the Powerhouse Museum’s fetish for strange things on wheels.
  • The New York Public Library is gearing up for its new website launch. Yay! The NYPL also has some new things in the works and is looking for lab rats.
  • Name that film! The George Eastman House shares sleuthing tips.
  • NARA and MoMA – See what’s happening with the students of The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, from the George Eastman House.
  • Aquamarine crystals are the Gemstone of the Month at the Field Museum’s Grainger Hall of Gems.
  • The National Librarian, Andrew Green, of the National Library of Wales, will be among those honored by the Gorsedd of Bards at this year’s National Eisteddfod.
  • Diwrnod agoriadol y Smithsonian – ahhhhh, no idea what this says, but I liked seeing the Smithsonian being discussed in Welsh. ;-)
  • Watch the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival webcasts this weekend! Welsh music, mariachis, storytelling and poetry.
  • Suited for Space: Last Words from the Curator – An engaging blog post reporting on the tribulations of a traveling space exhibit by the Smithsonian Institution.
  • SI also reports on how Google Street View was used to solve a crime.
  • A Short History of Photography from Cigar Box to Cell Phone, by Merry A. Foresta of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative
  • The Swedish National Heritage Board live blogs from its activities during Almedal week. The Board will organize a seminar on e-government and new social media July 2.
  • Portraits — and Pot-Shots — in Song: A witty exhibit from the Library of Congress chronicling US Presidential campaign songs.
  • Newstead – The State Library of Queensland, Australia, tells you all about this Brisbane suburb.
  • Also, Picture Queensland images now available through One Search.
  • The Oregon State University Archives reports that William Jasper Kerr, a biography, has been scanned and is now available on ScholarsArchive.
  • Win one of the biggest Harry Potter posters in the world in the National Media Museum’s competition.

Go Visit!

12th June to 31st August: The Art Competition for Schools 2009 exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland. See the 53 winning works of budding young talents.

24 June through 22 August: With Malice Toward None: Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibit, a traveling exhibit from the Library of Congress at the California Museum in Sacramento, CA.

Throughout July: The July Film Series is announced at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus Theater, including Key Largo, An American in Paris, and Chinatown.

2 July: Exclusive preview of Soul Power, a film by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte documenting a music festival that unites black American stars with African musicians in Kinshasa, at the National Media Museum.

Carnival of the Commons – 1984, lightcycles and more

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1984 stage play featuring John Hurt -- rehearsal
1984 stage play featuring John Hurt — rehearsal
Photograph by Jim Moran

See photos from the rehearsal of the Orwell play 1984, featuring an exclusive video performance by John Hurt in the role of Big Brother, at the National Media Museum’s Flickr stream. The play opens on June 3.

Heard around the Commons:

  • Radnorshire on Flickr — Can you help? The first British library to join the Flickr Commons is The National Library of Wales!
  • The Field Museum is a nominee for the best museum for kids in Chicago!
  • Clouded leopards cubs at the National Zoo (Smithsonian) — They are now eating cooked chicken three times a day, in addition to their formula.
  • Learn about the Smithsonian’s first staff photographer, Thomas Smillie, and vernacular photography.
  • The applications developers at the New York Public Library provide batch reindexing for Drupal + Solr. Also, an update to Infomaki is released. That’s not all … DigitalNZ and Brooklyn Museum API modules for python are also released.
  • The Bibliothèque de Toulouse announces …

    After lengthy deliberations under the watchful and amused condescension by Jane Austen, this is the name of the winner of the Jane Austen quiz …

    Learn who at their blog.

  • The Brooklyn Museum films Valerie Hegarty discussing her work in 21 and Fallen Bierstadt.
  • Go behind the scenes at the Brooklyn Museum’s staff show.
  • And they relate museums to the NBA.
  • The finalists in the Library of Congress’s River of Words competition speak out.
  • Library signs are metadata: an article from Aaron at the D.C. Public Library.
  • Collecting/Recording the 2009 Queensland State Election, by the State Library of Queensland, Australia.
  • Oregon State University celebrates their National Historic District status!
  • The George Eastman House honors Flickr re-mixer pennylrichardsca, for her incredible purses!
  • Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. The Field Museum talks pirate with the Chicago Sun-Times. Aye, matey.
  • Read all about the Smithsonian’s Chandra X-Ray Lab’s one time shuttle trip.
  • Seeing the Invisible with Megan Watzke, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Friday Fun!

Lightcycles at the Brooklyn Museum

Go Visit!

May 18–24: The Bibliothèque de Toulouse announces Alors Chante …! de Montauban, a traditional music festival. The opening concert is free at the Park Montauriol.

May 22: Night at the Museum opens at the Smithsonian’s IMAX theatre … starring the Smithsonian!

June 1: Sun K. Kwak talks to teen artists at the Brooklyn Museum.

June 2: Are We Alone? Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Lecture at the Library of Congress, with Daniel P. Glavin, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Carnival of the Commons

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Tag! You’re It!
Brooklyn Museum

Heard around the Commons:

Go Visit!

Your Friday Fun:


-hat tip to george for this one!

Carnival of the Commons

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Heard around the Commons:

A Young Pulsar Shows its Hand

Chandra telescope x-ray
A Young Pulsar Shows its Hand, 2009
Smithsonian Institution: PSR B1509-58

This pulsar is spinning around almost 7 times a second and has a magnetic field at its surface estimated to be 15 trillion times stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field. It spans 150 light years. In other space news, the Smithsonian’s Chandra blog asks, “Is it easy being green?

  • Again, happy Commonsversary to the Powerhouse Museum!
  • Learn more about the Powerhouse’ Commons images impact on their image sales.
  • Also, Paula at the Powerhouse informs us on the future of image licensing.
  • Courtney Johnson, of the National Library of New Zealand, announces the call for contributions for the 2009 National Digital Forum Conference.
  • The Library of Congress, UNESCO and 32 partner institutions will launch the World Digital Library on 21 April 2009.
  • The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Oregon State University renew their bond. The OSU Archives’ blog has lots of information on this historic event.
  • Jacki Rand, formerly of the Smithsonian, discusses what it’s like to be a Native American working on a committee of white men to plan an Indian museum, from the History News Network.
  • Art museums in U.S. hope that technology will sustain interest, from the AP. The Brooklyn Museum gets a mention.
  • Also, the Brooklyn Museum discusses the results of their online quiz.
  • The History Engine looks like a fun website. Hat tip to OSU.
  • Marvin Heiferman, of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative, asks, “What should reality look like?”
  • Gays Picket White House: a 1965 film from the Smithsonian.
  • Jazz Oral Histories: the Smithsonian presents a number of clips from jazz legends.
  • Voices of Slavery: Did you know the Library of Congress has these podcasts online?
  • A wrap-up of the State Library of Queensland, Australia’s, 75th anniversary of the John Oxley Library.
  • 11,000 Easter Eggs!
  • Where’s Smithy?

Go Visit!

14 Apr 2009Imperial Superimpositions: The Graphing of Empire at the National Galleries of Scotland, a talk by Lee Fontanella, Carnegie Centenary Professor, University of Stirling. The photographing of Spain by nineteenth-century British photographer Charles Clifford may be understood as a visual narrative in which the image of Empire is underscored.

15-18 April 2009 A Northwest History and Heritage Extravaganza, including the 2009 Oregon Heritage Conference, the Pacific Northwest History Conference and the annual meetings of the Northwest Archivists and the Northwest Oral History Association, will take place in Portland.

Through 19 Apr 2009Bradford Babies at the National Media Museum, is a celebration of the babies and their families in our local community, past and present.

More March uploads to the Commons

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Recent uploads in the Commons:

Who are you? As noted here yesterday, the Smithsonian Institution requests your help in identifying the women in this set.
Women in Science
The State Library of New South Wales brings us athletes galore.
Olympic Games
More Carl Curman photos from the Swedish National Heritage Board.
Carl Curman – Sweden
Religious grandeur in architecture from the Bibliothèque de Toulouse.
Architecture religieuse
Powerful industrial architecture, from the Biblioteca de Arte–Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Edifícios industriais

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Carnival of the Commons

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Heard around the Commons:

  • The Swedish National Heritage Board posts some welcoming stats about their new Commons account!
  • They also receive favorable press!
  • The Brooklyn Museum gets press about the Sun.K Kwak installation that opens today.
  • Effie, at the Smithsonian Institution, discusses the effort the Commons as a collective made for Women’s Day.
  • The Oregon State University is also blogging about their Commons women.
  • Tags in Space! A great read about an astronomy project the National Maritime Museum is involved in on Flickr.
  • The Library of Congress boasts about their historic Stevie Wonder concert. View the webcast!
  • Paula at the Powerhouse Museum informs us about hi-res zooming on their digital archives.
  • Happy 75th birthday to the John Oxley Library, part of the State Library of Queensland, Australia!
  • Tony Bannon, Director of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, is in California this coming week for the Palm Springs Photo Festival, and hopes to see you there!
  • The Bibliothèque de Toulouse reviews Phillippe Lioret’s new film, Welcome.
  • The New Curator discusses the Tate’s collection and Google Street View; OK, that’s not about the Commons, but it is cool, and might inspire someone to do something similar using the Flickr API, the Commons photos, and Street View. Any takers?

Go Visit!

Opens today – Sun K. Kwak’s Enfolding 280 Hours installation at the Brooklyn Museum. That’s a lot of tape! View it large.

Sun K. Kwak Enfolding 280 Hours

Sun K. Kwak Enfolding 280 Hours
Brooklyn Museum

30/31 March - A two-day symposium on the history and impact of the Black Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s, at the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

02 Apr - Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney to lecture on Cherry Blossom Symbolism at the Library of Congress.

Closing 05 AprilBurning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection at the Brooklyn Museum.