The Telegraph: Urgent appeal to save huge photo archive depicting Venice in its post-war heyday

The Telegraph: Urgent appeal to save huge photo archive depicting Venice in its post-war heyday. “In urgent appeal has been launched to save a huge archive of photographs depicting Venice in its post-war, Dolce Vita heyday, when the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Square were frequented by the likes of Paul Newman, Sean Connery, Ernest Hemingway and Sophia Loren. The archive of more than 320,000 photographs, amassed by a now defunct Italian photography agency called CameraPhoto, depicts world leaders such as Winston Churchill and Pope John Paul II, as well as artists such as Dali and Picasso and the American poet Ezra Pound.”

Terrapin Tales: Help Preserve Maryland Basketball History!

Terrapin Tales: Help Preserve Maryland Basketball History!. “Today, as we celebrate the beginning of the 100th season of men’s basketball at UMD, the University Archives embarks on one of its most ambitious initiatives EVER—a project that will digitize and make publicly accessible over 5,000 hours of UMD Basketball footage. This project will cost $500,000, and we will need the support of many fans to preserve this important history.”

Digital Trends: Don’t get burned! How to back crowdfunding projects the smart way

Digital Trends: Don’t get burned! How to back crowdfunding projects the smart way. “Kickstarter and Indiegogo may look and feel like online stores, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll get something in return for the money you pledge to a campaign. Most crowdfunding platforms only require that creators make a ‘good faith effort’ to deliver on their promises. That means they face no consequences (aside from angry backers and some bad press) if the project misses its delivery date — or even fails entirely.”

University of Arkansas: Crowdfunding Pitches as Genre Writing

University of Arkansas: Crowdfunding Pitches as Genre Writing. “Adam Pope, visiting assistant professor of English in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, has developed a technique for analyzing successful crowdfunding pitches using the same methods used for other professional writing genres. He explains his technique and methods of teaching it to writing students in his article, ‘Understanding the Writing Demands of Crowdfunding Campaigns with the Genre-Mapping Report,’ published in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.”

Arizona State University: Crowdfunding success relies on friendly networks, ASU research finds

Arizona State University: Crowdfunding success relies on friendly networks, ASU research finds. “Four years ago this summer, a phenomenon hit social media when millions of people participated in the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” raising more than $115 million for charity. An Arizona State University professor has published a research paper looking at these kinds of social-media crowdsourcing phenomena and why they’re so successful.”

Food & Wine: ‘Spotify for Cookbooks’ Just Launched a Kickstarter Campaign

Food & Wine: ‘Spotify for Cookbooks’ Just Launched a Kickstarter Campaign. “Ckbk, a new service calling itself the ‘Spotify of cookbooks’ and promising seamless digital access to the best cookbooks in the world, has launched its Kickstarter campaign today. The online database (and, eventually, mobile app) boasts 100,000 recipes, and was built with guidance from acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors like Nigella Lawson, Yotam Ottolenghi, and Fergus Henderson.”

Georgia State University is Crowdfunding to Save Its Photographic Collections

Georgia State University is crowdfunding to preserve its photographic collections. “Our photographic collections are the most heavily used collections by individuals, corporations, organizations, journalists, publishers, and designers. We receive approximately 300 photograph requests annually. By creating an exhibit, we can further promote our extensive collections and share them with the community both in physical and digital form. Fabricating, mounting, promoting, and preservation of photographs for this exhibit will cost us approximately $5,500. Without any foundation funding, corporate, or individual support at a higher level we would not be able to create a compelling exhibit. Help us preserve our collections while sharing them with the public by supporting this campaign.”