Archive for February, 2012
Most archivists, librarians, and digital preservation folks love metadata — and we at the Archives are no exception. Metadata is the sort of invisible information stored within or alongside a digital copy of something like a cool, older video about a NASA space flight. Metadata allows us to keep track of things in a detailed way. It [...]
This is a guest post by Lori Byrd Phillips, US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator for the Wikimedia Foundation. Lori has also served as the Wikipedian in Residence at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis since 2010 and is currently a museum studies graduate student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. It’s a well-known fact that Wikipedians love NARA [...]
Starting today, we need your ideas, comments, and votes to help us revise the Open Government Plan of the National Archives. Please visit the Open Government Idea Forum and take a few minutes to let us know what you think we should be doing to strengthen transparency, participation, and collaboration at the National Archives. Two [...]
Posted by Meredith Stewart on February 22, 2012, under Archives.gov Redesign, DC-area Researchers, Digitization, Open Government, Records Management, Social Media (Web 2.0), Wikipedian in Residence.
The 1940 Census is almost here! When it opens on April 2nd at 9:00 AM (Eastern), the place to be is the National Archives’ 1940 Census web site. We are excited to announce that our home on the web will be: 1940Census.archives.gov We invite you to visit today to watch the video featuring National Archives’ [...]
Today’s guest blog is from Trevor Plante, Chief of Archives I Reference, National Archives in Washington, DC In late September 2011, the first phase of construction began in the ground floor research area of the National Archives Building. The construction resulted in the temporary relocation of the Finding Aids Room and Consultation staff to the [...]
Back in November, the National Archives, with the help of the Environmental Protection Agency, launched a new contest that asked students to create something inspired by one of our Documerica photos. This contest, Document Your Environment, brought in so many creative interpretations of the original 1970s photos! From videos to paintings and Photoshop creations to [...]
Our hiatus is over, and we cheerfully bring you the next installation of our TechTuesday blog post, “Making the Right Connections.” At our last offering, we highlighted the contributions of Dr. George Strawn, former CIO for the National Science Foundation (NSF) – now on a special assignment as Director of the Executive Office of the President’s Networking and Information Technology Research & Development (NITRD) Program. In our follow up interview with Dr. Strawn in December, we focused on his main charge to lead a NITRD initiative to move government information into the clouds. And at a special event this Valentine’s week, we celebrate another anniversary that includes Dr. Strawn, so keep reading!
Posted by Rita on February 14, 2012, under Applied Research, Miscellaneous, Tech Tuesdays.
ARCHIVES I and ARCHIVES II research rooms will shortly be getting new self-service digital scanner/copiers and a new copy card system. What kind of scanner/copiers have been purchased? The scanner/copiers are the Sharp Model MX-M363, modified to use platen covers in place of document feeders, which are not permitted in copying original records. The paper [...]
You’ve probably heard that “Red Tails,” a movie spotlighting the first African American military aviators, is now showing at a theater near you. Widely known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the pilots were part of the U.S. Army Air Corps’ 332nd Fighter and 477th Bombardment Groups. But you don’t have to go to the movies [...]
Posted by Denise on February 7, 2012, under Social Media (Web 2.0), Tag It Tuesday.
Researchers are invited to read the notes of the Researcher Forum meeting held on January 27, 2012, which are posted to the DC-area Researcher Forum web page, http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/researcher-forum/. The main feature of the meeting was a demonstration of the newly launched Citizen Archivist Dashboard by Pamela Wright (NARA Chief Digital Access Strategist) and Meredith Stewart (NARA Open [...]
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