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  • Hallie Olson 8:08 pm on May 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Everyday at my internship, I can’t help but think about improvements and changes that need to be made in the system. One of the biggest hurdles is how to attempt to initiate change within an institution lacking in resources and in which the decision-makers may not be receptive to suggestions, let alone suggestions from someone farther down the totem pole, such as the lowly intern. At the Granger Collection, change is not a word that is tossed around very often and as a result, all things digital have suffered (recall the problems I presented in class). I can think of many feasible improvements that can be instituted immediately to improve the situation but the fact of the matter is, the current methods produce enough results that any suggestions are not really being considered. Is this a lost cause? What can you do?

  • ecreece 3:00 am on May 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    An article from SAA’s journal, The American Archivist. It discusses a case study of users who are familiar with using photographic materials in archives and how the digitization process and new technologies effect their usage and how they view the original material versus the surrogate digital copy.

    Conway, P. (2010). Modes of seeing: digitized photographic archives and the experienced user. The American Archivist, 73(2), 425-462.


  • ecreece 2:42 am on May 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    A blog that showcases some of the new collections and current projects at a number of the Smithsonian’s institutions.
    Smithsonian Collections Blog

  • ecreece 2:41 am on May 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    An interesting short article about the beginning of the stages of the Hathi Trust’s text-mining project.

    Rapp, D. (April 28 2011). Text-mining ahead: HathiTrust Research Center to open corpus to researchers. Library Journal. Retrieved from

  • ecreece 4:48 pm on May 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    This is an interesting article from First Monday about digital humanities and collaboration between humanities scholars and computer scientists as well as the collaboration between institutions.

    Simeone, M., Guiliano, J., Kooper, R., Bajcsy, P. (April 16, 2011). Digging into data using new collaborative infrastructures supporting humanities-based computer science research. First Monday [Online],16(5). Retrieved from http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3372/2950.

  • Michael Hollitscher 2:22 pm on May 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    NYC DAM Managers is co-sponsoring a Createasphere CONNECT event on 5/12 called Going Public with Open Source. Barbara Taranto, Strategic Projects Manager of the New York Public Library, is the speaker.


  • Michael Hollitscher 8:23 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    This happened last week, I believe. This is a Semantic Meetup discussing rNews, which is a semantic version of IPTC. Haven’t gotten a chance to watch it, but it looks pretty interesting.

  • Chris Weller 6:27 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    My wife showed me this site: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/

  • stephanie 6:25 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Here’s a question that came up at the Cooper Hewitt today: I am working on a project where I’m cataloging the museum’s exhibition history. Some photos we’re using are of general installation views sans individual captions. Do you think it’s helpful or redundant to include the exhibition title in each image caption?

    My argument is for making this addition in case someone is searching the image and it somehow becomes unrelated to the exhibition history page.

    • Hallie Olson 7:12 pm on May 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I say definitely include the exhibition title in the caption, you never know where those photographs will end up. Captions generally repeat information that has already been stated anyway, so I’m pretty sure no one would think of it as overly redundant. I was doing research on photography exhibitions from the early 20th century last semester and many of the images (which there really aren’t too many) lack any useful information about the exhibition, such as a title, sadly diminishing their use for research.

  • margaritamirabal 1:47 pm on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    MoMA increases web presence with a new app. http://www.moma.org/explore/mobile/iphoneapp

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