Blog Archives

Digitizing Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks at The Victoria and Albert Museum

[Source] I believe sketchbooks and notebooks can be an even greater reflection of an artist’s mind than their finished works of art. Yet, people do not normally get the chance to take a peek at these types of documents. I

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Archives

Helen Keller Archives: A Lesson In Accessibility

By any of the several definitions I have seen in class so far, the purpose of any given archive of collection is to facilitate access and observation for future generations. That’s why I was intrigued when I came across a

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Archives

Digitizing Everything: Online Archives and Digital Collections

While researching topics for tomorrows “dorkshorts”, I came across a generous blogpost that gives an easy-to-understand run-down of archive digitization and it’s various difficulties. Written by Samantha Thompson, an archivist at Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archive in Ontario, Canada,

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Archives

National Geographic Creates Digital Vintage Map Archive

The above map is a panorama of London, hand-painted by seven National Geographic artists in 1961. It’s one of the more recent maps in the vast trove that the magazine has digitized — there are over 6,000 maps that date

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized, Classification, Archives

Artificial Intelligence Is Cracking Open the Vatican’s Secret Archives

The Vatican Secret Archives (VSA) collections occupy 53 linear miles of shelving dating back more than 12 centuries. The VSA is so inaccessible to scholars, few pages have been scanned and made available online and even fewer pages have been

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Archives, Uncategorized

From Conveyor Belt to Conservation Policies

Digitization at the National Herbarium The United States National Herbarium, part of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, contains approximately 5 million pressed plant specimens.  These specimens date back as far as the 1840s, having been collected during early

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Museums, Open Data

Gabriel García Márquez’s Archives Now Online

University of Texas bought Gabriel García Márquez’s archive in 2014, and the Harry Ransom Center in Austin has now released the complete digitized collection. This includes rough drafts and manuscripts, unpublished work, notes, letters, and an audio recording of García Márquez’s Nobel

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Archives, Uncategorized

MoMA’s Digital Archive of Louise Bourgeois Prints

MoMA is currently hosting an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’ printed work, and when the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait opened back in September they published a coinciding digital archive: Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books. Bourgeois is commonly celebrated for

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Archives, Cataloging, Museums

Google’s New PhotoScan App Enables Consumer-Grade Photo Archives

Google has launched a new PhotoScan App on that provides users with a time-saving and simple digitization workflow. The app (available for IPhone and Android) is designed to scan a photographic print, eliminate any glare, and store the digital file

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Archives, Uncategorized

by Hugh McLeod

Follow LIS 653 Knowledge Organization on WordPress.com
Pratt Institute School of Information