Monday, January 19, 2009

NYT article: Historical Photos in Web Archives

Yesterday's New York Times has an article by Noam Cohen, "Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain Vivid New Lives." Included in its discussion of the availability of billions of images online (most of them not historical) is a description of the German national archive uploading "nearly 100,000 historical photographs to the Wikimedia Commons, the virtual archive for material used in Wikipedia articles..." The archive "hopes to harness the Wikipedia editors to improve the cataloging of the photographs, said Oliver Sander, who is responsible for the collection at the archive."

For similar reasons, the article notes, the U.S. Library of Congress has been adding photos to Flickr at the rate of about 50 a week.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Excerpt of book in CURRENT

Check out the January 12, 2009 print edition of Current, the newspaper about public broadcasting in the United States, for "Rights laws dysfunctional in media Wild West" -- an article excerpted from a legal roundtable in Archival Storytelling. (For more information about Current, go to www.current.org/current/ ) The article features discussion with Anthony Falzone, Rick Prelinger, Sam Green, Kristine Samuelson and others.