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: California, education, libraries, publishing
University of California faculty have voted to make research articles freely available to the public through eScholarship, the digital publishing repository hosted by California Digital Library. Click here for the full Academic Senate announcement and click here for more information on UC open access policy and history.
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: image viewing, libraries, publishing
The Ohio State University Libraries has published an online edition of the Popol Vol (Wuj) from the Newberry Library in Chicago. The manuscript (sometimes translated as Book of the Community) is the creation account of the Quiché (K’iche’) Mayan people — their stories of the cosmologies, origins, traditions, and spiritual history. According to the Newberry, their Popol Vuh was most likely copied from this original manuscript (now lost) in 1701-03, in the Guatemalan town of Chichicastenango, by Dominican Father Francisco Ximenez.
The mission of the OSU online edition is to “allow native peoples and scholars to work directly with Father Ximénez’s manuscript, leading to debates about handwriting, spelling, and the polemics of the boundaries of meanings and interpretations.” The site offers transcriptions of the original K’iche’, as well as translations into Spanish and English.
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.
Tags: fun, libraries, maps
A real estate agent with a sharp eye has saved a treasure trove of maps from a Los Angeles home set for demolition. As reported in the LA Times today, the agent was tasked with clearing out the house so it could be torn down, and came upon thousand and thousands of maps. The occupant, who died in February, had been quietly collecting maps for many years and stashing them in every nook and cranny. They included every kind of map of the LA region going back many decades, several copies of the Thomas Guide first edition, as well as a 1592 map of Europe. The Library staff say this windfall will bring their map collection into the calibre of the top five in the country, including the Library of Congress.
Tags: archives, California, libraries
If you’re not already aware of Calisphere you should have a look at it. A project of the California Digital Library and serving both the UC system and K-12 education, Calisphere is a gateway to a profusion of primary sources about… California!
The content comes from all UC campuses as well as non-UC institutions (including many specialized archives – see a list of contributors here), and represents California’s history and culture. The material is organized thematically, and special subject groups have been set up to conform with K-12 content standards (e.g. “Dust Bowl Migration”). You can also search, or browse the collection from a list of keywords, e.g. “Agricultural laborers” or “Reagan, Ronald”. In addition to images (scanned to archival standards) the collections include letters, newspapers, maps, and more.
Tags: archives, libraries, museums, universities
Queen Victoria’s Journals, through the efforts of the Royal Archives and the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, is an interactive site with online digital images of every page in the entire sequence of Queen Victoria’s diaries from 1832-1840. The site is searchable by keyword or browsable by date and include examples of her journal illustrations and sketchbook entries.
War art in The National Archives, through Wikimedia Commons, provides over 350 high-resolution digital images of posters and other works on paper from war-time Britain now in the public domain. Most of the posters and images, including a number of portraits and caricatures, are by known artists who worked for the Ministry of Information at the time. Visit The National Archives site for additional online records and links to partner sites.