Long overdue round-up from around the Web

I’ve got a big backlog of things for a “round-up” post, so this will be both long and brief at the same time.

  • Previous “Best Archives on the Web” award winner, “A View to Hugh” has launched a new feature–a series of essays commissioned to accompany the regular blog posts about the work of Hugh Morton. Another innovative approach from the smart people at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • The New York Times has a nice story about Carl Malamud’s crowd-supported digitization of NARA’s videos (which I covered here). Nice to see his efforts getting more recognition!
  • The Brooklyn Museum is taking a different approach to releasing descriptive information on the Web–open it all up, without review but provide a rating of how accurate it is. Read the whole story for yourself, it’s a great idea. (And yes, they’ve been allowing visitors to add comments to the catalog descriptions for quite a while now too.)
  • Following up on his post of a few months ago (“Tragedy of the (Flickr) Commons?“), Roy Tennant is eating his words in a new short post, “Mea Culpa: The Flickr Commons Lives.”
  • Speaking of Flickr, the images from the Documerica collection that the National Archives has posted on Flickr is getting a lot of well-deserved attention, most notably from wired.com in “The ’70s Photos That Made Us Want to Save Earth.”
  • In case you missed it on the listservs, the Denver Public Library has set up a Flickr group to share images of photographs that were stolen by James Lyman Brubaker and recovered by the FBI but have yet to find their true homes. See the group and learn more at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dplwesternhistory/sets/72157623286262023/.
  • The EAC-CPF schemas have been released. If you don’t understand why that’s important, do some reading up here.
  • You can now register for the Association of Canadian Archivists’ annual meeting, to be held June 9 – 12 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I’ll be teaching a day-long workshop on (what else?) the use of Web 2.0 tools by archives. Hope I won’t be the only American attending!
  • The Jewish Women’s Archive has launched a groovy new tool, “On the Map,” a user-generated map documenting the physical landmarks of Jewish women’s history.
  • I’m sure I have more, but that seems like a long enough post for now. If you really want to keep up, you might want to subscribe to my Twitter feed. As I say in my little Twitter bio, I follow over 500 people so you don’t have to!

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