From the Dusty Archives… to Your Desktop

Posted by Francesco Spagnolo on Wednesday August 26 2009

In this group of Flickr “sets” the Magnes presents online for the first time a wide selection of digitized items from its Western Jewish Americana and Global Jewish Diaspora archival collections.

From the Dusty Archives...

The decision to give direct access to (often unprocessed) archival digital files reflects the attempt to integrate digitization technologies and social networking with traditional archival practice, and expands a “minimal processing” approach to collections. While our archival holdings are processed at “collection level,” access at “item level” is provided digitally, and users can browse these items as they become available online.

The “code name” for this operation, From the Dusty Archives…, is of course a bit ironic. Often, archives are seen as dusty and inaccessible places, as our users often remind us. While dealing with our own share of dust, we also strive for openness and accessibility. Online access and social media features are certainly a way to achieve that. While encouraging researchers to visit the archives to access the primary sources, and to unearth the many documents that have not been digitized, we are also eager to recreate, in a digital form, the sense of discovery that archival research constantly provides.

New files representing our archival holdings are uploaded to these sets on a weekly basis, on the basis of the online publication platform already established for the Magnes Jewish Digital Narratives and thanks to the software MemoryMiner, which allows to digitally archive each upload, and thus to keep increasing the volume of metadata as archival descriptions are expanded).

Comments and social tagging features are open to all Flickr users, and the use of the files (and, of course, of the history and cultures they represent) is encouraged under a Creative Commons License.  All other uses of these materials are allowed under the Magnes’ Rights and Reproduction terms and conditions, which are available here.

Enjoy! (And please provide your feedback).

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8 Comments for 'From the Dusty Archives… to Your Desktop'

  1.  
    August 26, 2009 | 8:30 am
     

    New blog post: From the Dusty Archives… to Your Desktop http://magnes.org/opensourceblog/?p=634

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    August 26, 2009 | 8:26 pm
     

    THIS IS A MUST READ, a must see, a must…http://magnes.org/opensourceblog/?p=634 rock on, @spagnoloacht

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    August 26, 2009 | 8:27 pm
     

    @magnes NOW! http://magnes.org/opensourceblog/?p=634

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  4.  
    August 26, 2009 | 8:32 pm
     

    From the Dusty Archives… to Your Desktop – http://magnes.org/opensourceblog/?p=634 Congrats @magnes @jamesgleventhal!!! Great work!!!

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    August 26, 2009 | 9:01 pm
     

    This is great! Some of the street shots are even geotagged! RT @jamesgleventhal: @magnes NOW! http://magnes.org/opensourceblog/?p=634

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  6.  
    August 26, 2009 | 11:45 pm
     

    @paigedansinger thx for the rebroadcast of http://tinyurl.com/nwuk2x THIS IS GOOD ARCHIVELIBRARYMUSEUM WORK. hope all’s well!

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  7.  
    August 27, 2009 | 8:41 am
     

    @LookBackMaps Thanks for the shout-out! We try to geotag everything we can, but definitely a work in progress. http://tinyurl.com/nwuk2x

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  8.  
    August 28, 2009 | 8:23 am
     

    My blog post on the #dustyarchive project (Magnes digital collections & Flickr) http://tinyurl.com/nwuk2x

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