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  • Leigh Hurwitz 2:56 am on May 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Literally Living in the Past 

    Hyperallergic reported on a project that allows those in the market for a new abode to license architect, Richard Neutra’s, mid-century modern house designs:

    Like fashion, commerce and art are coming together in this project. By licensing vintage architectural plans, the past and its physical artifacts can be preserved. Fashion and architecture both are areas of study that can appeal to many disciplines, and can be used as a window onto the way culture has evolved. By bringing an architect’s work out of the museum and into the real world, the resulting human interaction is invaluable.

  • johnuhromano 2:50 am on May 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Europeana Fashion Tumblr? 

    Well it’s May 1st 2013 and still no word on when the first portal will open up for the Europeana Fashion archive but did you know they have a Tumblr account?

    Each month, the Europeana Fashion Tumblr showcases a different theme curated by experts from the fashion and cultural heritage community. So if you happen to be into Tumblr and have a love of fashion I recommend following the blog for a sneak peek at some of the collection that will be on the archive once it opens.

  • susan birnbaum fisher 2:04 am on May 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: born digital, internet archive, wayback machine   

    Has anyone ever heard of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine? You can type in a URL of a site that no longer exists or of one that has been redesigned and see what the website used to look like. I think this is a very important part of cultural heritage, especially of the heritage of born-digital materials/institutions. It’s also really fun! Try it at

    • Jeff Edelstein 3:28 am on May 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I was just using the Wayback Machine this evening, for a website redesign project for the Information Architecture course. The site we’ve been working on has been making some big changes over the course of the semester but our redesign is based on what it looked like in January. Extremely useful and, just as you say, fun!
      One more point that occurs to me–if’s interesting to see the “look” of websites at different times. Just as book design and typography reflected the styles of certain periods, so has web design evolved. We already have a sense of when a site looks “old-fashioned” or out of date. An interesting topic to pursue…

      • susan birnbaum fisher 12:11 pm on May 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        That’s great! I’d love to take a look at your project sometime if you’re willing to share!

        I am obsessed with typography and love how it does exactly what you’re saying.

        And speaking of looking back at the past, the world’s first ever web page has been put back online! it was put back by CERN, the company that worked with Tim Berners-Lee to put it up originally. I didn’t even know until now but April 30th marked the 20th anniversary of the “free, open web,” although I guess, from all that we’ve been learning, that it’s not truly “open”.

        Their article states: “By making the software required to run a web server freely available, along with a basic browser and library of code, the web was allowed to flourish.”

        Read the full story and view the first web page at

    • Leigh Hurwitz 2:08 pm on May 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, I have been an Internet Archive groupie for many years. Brewster Kahle, the founder of the IA, is one of my personal heros. There’s a great interview he did in 2011 that you can download as a podcast on iTunes. It was part of the Long Now Foundation’s ongoing lecture series, which I also highly recommend.

    • A. Rhonemus 7:43 pm on May 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Heard of it? I use it daily at the Frick in my internship. It is a useful tool, especially for viewing discontinued web resources. However, not to be a wet blanket, the sites available in Wayback are far from comprehensive. Often the mainpage of a site will be available but the particular documents I am searching for are not available. This is one of the reasons the Frick has started an Archive-It subscription to identify resources it would like to preserve. Partners can capture websites privately so you may not see everything IA has to offer if not a partner, or even see some sites captured by other partners. IA is also facing competition from commercial vendors that offer more complete capture of websites. That being said, the procedure is to always check Wayback first so they are still at the top of the game.

  • Leigh Hurwitz 1:53 am on April 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Dalhousie University’s 3D Model Archive 

    Canada’s Dalhousie University Libraries have created a 3D Model Repository.

    In case you don’t know what that is, it is described as “an open database filled with three-dimensional scans of interesting objects in the university’s possession. The files can be freely downloaded in their full detail and viewed in most common 3D modelling applications.” But, there are jpegs available of individual views, if you don’t have fancy modeling software.

    Using a NextEngine 3D scanner (which is also available for the students and free to use), they have digitized
    about 30 objects so far, mostly shells and bones from the university’s marine biology collection. The digitized objects can also be cheaply printed on the library’s 3D printer!

    “It’s about opening up that whole history to a wider audience, making it more accessible,” says [Michael Groenendyk, grad student working on the repository]. “You won’t need to be within Halifax to come see this marine biology collection. You just need Internet access.”

    There is also a short video at the above link that shows how the 3D scanner works.

    • susan birnbaum fisher 3:03 am on April 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This is really amazing. I have been wondering when 3D scanning and printing would become a usable technology so it’s great to hear about this. I wonder how many objects are in the collection and how long they plan on this project taking. The resources they must have! Truly incredible.

    • johnuhromano 2:44 pm on May 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I was really excited to give this a try but when I clicked on the image at the bottom to try and manipulate what looks like a shell it took nearly two minutes for the item to load which may seem like a short time in the grand scheme of thing but online it feels like a year. Once it finally loaded to 100% my computer froze. Now my work computer is not the best or fastest in the world but if this was just one item I can only imaging the struggle of having a whole collection of these digital objects.

    • A. Rhonemus 7:47 pm on May 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I would love to learn more about 3D scanning. I’m afraid this is one collection where I’m more interested in the technology than the artifacts but now I suppose the 3D scans are (or should become) artifacts in themselves.

  • susan birnbaum fisher 10:19 pm on April 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , information revolution   

    A very interesting article from Wired Magazine to celebrate their twentieth anniversary.

    “TWENTY YEARS AGO electronic health records were nascent, digital music was mostly a fantasy, Twitter was what birds did, and Google cofounder Sergey Brin was a summer intern at Wolfram Research. The past two decades have seen a nuclear explosion in the collection and storage of digital information. In 2012, 2.8 zettabytes—that’s 1 sextillion bytes, or the equivalent of 24 quintillion tweets—were created or replicated, according to the research firm IDC. There are hundreds or thousands of petabyte-scale databases today, and we’d compare their size to what existed two decades ago, only every time the basis of comparison would be zero. Here’s a look at some of the world’s largest and most interesting data sets.”

    • Julia 1:57 pm on April 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Oh I got really excited, until I realized these datasets aren’t open. Funny how I just assume that I can see the data whenever I want.

    • susan birnbaum fisher 2:58 am on April 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Well I guess this goes to show that while there are projects on the forefront that are using linked open data, there are plenty of projects out there that haven’t gotten to that step yet, This definitely is a testament of the times. How amazing would it be if all of these truly were open!

    • johnuhromano 2:38 pm on May 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      So at first I was confused over the whole Twelve tweets before 2012 but then I finally noticed that these numbers are in terabytes. I can not believe how many business email exist. I am blown away!

  • Leigh Hurwitz 10:52 pm on April 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    You Can't Buy It In A Store: The Library Card Project at the American Craft Council 

    Library as Incubator posted a great interview with Elizabeth Ryan and Jessica Shaykett from the American Craft Council, about their Library Card Project:

    Capitalizing on the discovery of boxes of their old library cards hidden in their research library, the ACC decided to put them to new use. They posted a call for submissions of proposals to repurpose the library cards into works of art and craft. The response was eclectic and wide.

    This project is inspiring for a few reasons. It’s a different take on cultural heritage: preserving its history while using it as a medium for interpreting the present. Ryan and Shaykett also touch on an interesting component of cultural heritage – nostalgia:

    “There’s a certain nostalgia for items such as library cards – especially if you grew up using a card catalog, and we think that was reflected in the enthusiasm of the participants. You can’t readily buy library ephemera like this at a store. It’s infused with a great sense of history, and that’s really appealing – especially to makers.”

    As a member of both the maker and library communities, I am always looking for new connections between these worlds, and am constantly amazed at the ways in which they find each other.

    Vanessa Walilko, drum farthingale and corset (detail).

    • Julia 2:00 pm on April 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Barnard did a card catalog art project similar to this.

      I think they still have a few boxes of cards if you want some free supplies!

      • susan birnbaum fisher 3:45 am on April 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        This is a really cool project. It reminds me of some of the principles behind artists like Duchamp’s work and the pop art movement – changing the context of art and redefining what is art by putting objects in unexpected uses and contexts.

    • johnuhromano 2:23 pm on May 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This is absolutely wonderful! It reminds me of what I suggested to Ken Soehner about what to do with the MET’s slide collection. Reinventing old objects is a great way of bringing life back into them and a cool way to bring in money to an institution.

  • johnuhromano 1:27 pm on April 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Click to save the nation’s digital memory 

    As of last week the British Library, along with the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, the Bodleian Libraries, Cambridge University Library and Trinity College Library Dublin has officially received the right to a copy of every UK electronic publication.

    This includes e-journals, e-books, items published on CD-ROM, and 4.8 million websites from the UK web domain.

    Access to this information will be available in on-site reading rooms at the six institutions.

    It seems their main goal is to capture the UK’s digital heritage for future research and general preservation.

    No word on what technology they intend to use to accomplish these future web crawls but they hope to have access to these electronic resources in their facilities by the end of this year.

    This is the press release information:

    And here is a look at the 100 websites that the six libraries have chosen to focus on at present:

    • susan birnbaum fisher 2:11 am on May 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, this is amazing! I wonder how on earth they are going to actually get this done by the end of the year. Quite a daunting albeit exciting project!

      • johnuhromano 2:35 am on May 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah its amazing that it’s kicking off because when I was talking to some employees at the British Library this past summer everything seemed so up in the air at the time when it came to digital publishing.

    • johnuhromano 2:34 am on May 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      See comment above

    • A. Rhonemus 7:59 pm on May 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This is really exciting. Sometime before this was announced I completed a list of UK art web resources for the Frick. Someone with British ties at the Frick requested those sites for capture. I wondered at the time, “You can just ask the UK government to capture a site and they’ll do it?” Then the news broke. As with most web archiving projects right now I think this will mostly be a learning experience.

  • Noreen Whysel 5:52 pm on April 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Easy Oxygen – Webinar tomorrow 4/10 

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  • Jeff Edelstein 4:19 pm on April 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , e-books, publishing   

    Two items in this morning’s New York Times caught my eye. The opinion piece by Scott Turow is a good companion to Prof. Pattuelli’s post about the DPLA. Writers are not necessarily all that happy: The Slow Death of the American Author
    The second piece is more of a fun feature: At a Library in Brooklyn, Rare Books and Coffee

    • Leigh Hurwitz 3:07 am on May 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      It’s encouraging to see NYT paying attention to independent libraries like Mellow Pages (the library covered in the second piece). It calls into question the way we traditionally think of libraries, librarians, and patrons. A library is made of information, and as long as there is information and people who need/want to be immersed in that information, there will be a place for the wide spectrum of library types.

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