Bangkok Post: Thai culture goes digital. “Visiting historical museums and official cultural websites in Thailand was boring in the past, but not anymore. In accordance with the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy, the Ministry of Culture has upgraded art and cultural learning sources, with Culture Minister Veera Rojpojchanarat announcing the change last month. To ensure better access and understanding of national cultural heritage, the Fine Arts Department has applied and developed information technology systems in six aspects.”
New York Times: DNAinfo and Gothamist Are Shut Down After Vote to Unionize. “A week ago, reporters and editors in the combined newsroom of DNAinfo and Gothamist, two of New York City’s leading digital purveyors of local news, celebrated victory in their vote to join a union. On Thursday, they lost their jobs, as Joe Ricketts, the billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade who owned the sites, shut them down.” It appeared at first that the digital archives for these publications would be completely lost, but this looks to be no longer the case.
Chronicle of Higher Education: Using Digital Archives to Teach Data Set Creation and Visualization Design. “Although less common perhaps, archives can enhance introductory humanities and first-year composition courses aimed at non-liberal arts majors. This semester I designed assignments centered on Visual Haggard (VH), a digital archive that I edit intended to centralize and improve access to the illustrations of popular Victorian novelist H. Rider Haggard. These multimodal assignments encouraged undergraduates to practice critical thinking, writing and communication, and visual and digital design—all course goals for first-year composition seminars at Georgia Tech. At the same time, students actively collaborated with me on the project by composing public-facing descriptive metadata tags demonstrating close reading as well as well-designed charts and graphs visualizing this data.”
Economic Times: National Archives of India set to get a digital makeover of its vast repository . “The National Archives of India (NAI), the custodian of some of the country’s most valuable manuscripts and records, plans to rope in technology companies to create a new avatar of the voluminous physical texts housed in its sprawling colonial-era building in the national capital.”
The Kunstverein in Hamburg is turning to Kickstarter to create a digital archive for its 200th anniversary. “In 2017 the Kunstverein in Hamburg is celebrating its 200th anniversary as one of Germany’s key non-profit institutions for contemporary art. Celebrating this achievement and after a three- year long research, together with the Department of Art History at University Hamburg, the Kunstverein seeks to launch a Digital Archive. Starting from 1817 the project will establish a systematic and sustainable method of preserving our rich archive. The success of this project will allow a broad community of users to search the archive rapidly and comprehensively from anywhere at any time, making this indispensable information accessible to scholars, librarians, students, and everyday internet users.” The fundraising goal is about $22,000; a little over $9000 has been raised so far.
Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘Fresh Air,’ fresh forever: 30 years as national show, new digital archive. “Fresh Air has been digitized, archived, and put online. As many of the old, old, tapes as possible, going back to the 1970s, have been baked (that’s what you do!), played, and their data turned into WAV and mp3 files and parked at a big catalogue site named WorldCat.org… More than 8,000 segments across more than 7,000 shows are now online.” If this is ringing a bell for you, I mentioned the grant for this project back in 2015.
The Signal: New Home and Features for Sustainability of Digital Formats Site. “The Library of Congress’ Sustainability of Digital Formats Web site (informally just known as ‘Formats’) details and analyzes the technical aspects of digital formats with a focus towards strategic planning regarding formats for digital content, especially collection policies. Launched in 2004, Formats provides in-depth descriptions of over 400 formats sorted into content categories: still image, sound, textual, moving image, Web archive, datasets, geospatial and generic formats with more to come…. Not ones to rest on our laurels, we are excited to announce recent updates and improvements for Formats.”