The Smithsonian unveiled a new free e-book, Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age, by G. Wayne Clough, the Smithsonian’s 12th Secretary. The book explores “how digital technologies will radically alter our existing institutions, make access to their embedded knowledge widely available, and enable learning and research anytime, anywhere” and how this “digital journey” of offering online content both enhances and disrupts the value of libraries, archives and museums like the Smithsonian.
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Tags: archives, libraries, museums, open content, publishing
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The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has announced the launch of an expanded Online Digital Image Collection of selections from their holdings. The Harry Ransom Center has a significant digital presence — see what they offer by searching or browsing their finding aids.
If your interested in or have questions about copyright issues, check out their Online Copyright Resources and other related links.
Tags: archives, education, lectures, technology, universities
Princeton’s Index of Christian Art, along with the university’s Visual Resources Collection, Department of Art & Archaeology, hosts an annual conference that addresses “high level current methodologies” and offers case studies of public digital archives. These lectures are now available in electronic (pdf) copies and explore topics such as new ways of teaching with images and how digital archives can foster and enhance research.
Tags: archives, image viewing, libraries
Ever wonder how you can efficiently find texts and visual media in the public domain? One helpful source is The Public Domain Review, a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation “dedicated to showcasing the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works available online.” Browse the site’s articles or collections by media type and sign up to receive a bi-monthly newsletter in your inbox with featured highlights. The Review cites who’s responsible for making the works available and where to find them.
For those interested in the history of the Open Knowledge movement, click here for a concise visual timeline.
Tags: archives, exhibitions, image viewing, libraries, museums
The International Exhibition of Modern Art was held at the 69th Infantry Regiment Armory in New York between February 17 – March 15, 1913 and made a deep and wide impact on American art and its viewing public. Some interesting websites on the exhibition’s 100th anniversary include:
- 1913 Armory Show: the Story in Primary Sources: a visual timeline from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, as seen through letters, meeting minutes, news articles, sales records, etc.
- The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913: at the Montclair Art Museum (February 17 – June 16, 2013), the first exhibition to focus primarily on the American artists represented in that show
- The Armory Show at 100: information about an upcoming exhibition (October 11, 2013 – February 23, 2014) at the New-York Historical Society that will reassess the Show and its impact by bringing together 75 works of art and presenting an extensive catalogue of images and essays
- The Virtual Armory Show: a gallery-by-gallery textual and visual recreation of the exhibition, for a virtual museum created by by Shelley Staples for the (now disbanded) American Studies Group at the University of Virginia
Tags: archives, film, image viewing, museums, photography
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s digital collection — so far, that’s 217,630 records — is available to search online. There are some useful searching tips on the online collection homepage or try browsing within the three set “facets”: record type (e.g., oral history, photograph, document), language, or special collection. Other special features include links to over 3,800 streamable oral history testimonies (roughly 7,600 total hours), downloadable finding aids to over 8,200 archival collections, and over 4,500 films. There is also a link at the bottom of every record, should you need it, to ask a reference question. For more information on searching the collections, click here.
Tags: archives, galleries, image viewing, libraries, museums, painting, universities
Eighteen months ago we announced the launch of Your Paintings, a BBC-hosted site “which aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real.” The site, co-funded by The Public Catalogue Foundation, announced it has completed its task. This translates into 3,217 participating venues and 211,861 paintings that are available online.
Now, the BBC and PCF are asking the public to help them tag the paintings.
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Launched in Spring of 2011, Ottoman History Podcast is an online radio program dedicated to accessible and academic discussion of new topics in the history, society and culture of the Ottoman Empire and Middle East. Guests and contributors include over 40 scholars and students from a variety of disciplines. To date there are 83 podcast entries (with two more forthcoming), and each episode page not only posts the podcast, but a bibliography on the subject being discussed (for a more extensive bibliography, click here). The site also offers an image collection (organized by topic and hosted on Flickr), archival documents (tagged by topic, location, and or historic figure), historical maps, and musical selections with track lists.
Tags: archives, galleries, image viewing, museums, sculpture
The Courtauld Institute of Art has launched the Gothic Ivories Project, an online database of over 2800 images of ivory sculptures made in Western Europe between ca. 1200-ca. 1530 (with some neo-Gothic pieces as well). Search specifics, browse works by keyword, location and type, or visit the informational pages for site tips and tools. Additionally, when you become a registered user you can create private or public image folders of your favorite works. Many objects have multiple views and extensive entries.
Tags: archives, image viewing, museums, painting
The Museo Nacional del Prado has launched a new website dedicated to beautiful digital images of their entire collection of works and documents by and about Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes. Goya en el Prado (available only in Spanish) is divided by medium, then subject, and entries for a few paintings offer supplemental technical examination images. The site also includes biographical and bibliographical information, including a digital library of 35 full-text copies of reference material.