Friday, January 6, 2012

New Year Heritage Links

Lots of heritage and public history on goings this week.  Some of the stories that caught my attention:
  • In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg recently broadcasted five episodes dedicated to the development of written word and how the word has shaped our intellectual history.  The podcasts are well worth a listen and include detailed descriptions of a number of artifacts held by the British Library. 
  • The US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) released the Citizen Archivist Dashboard project.  This digital initiative aims to use crowdsourcing to transcribe, tag, edit, and upload photographs to the NARA collection.  The crowdsouring exercises are framed as challenges as means of encouraging user participation, and are overall visually appealing and simple to follow. 
  • The year's first #builtheritage twitter chat took place on Wednesday January 4th.  The transcript will be available online in the near future. 
  • The Thinking About Exhibits blog featured a great post on applications that focus on museum objects. 

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