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RECOVERING VOICES. Documenting and Sustaining Endangered Languages and Knowledge.

This is a new Smithsonian Program that promises very useful use of the extensive Smithsonian collections and archives, as it intends to promote language revitalization through documentation, collection based projects and community collaboration.  It has been inspired by projects based … Continue reading

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Database dreamings… A perfect online museum collection catalog?

Browsing online catalogs should be an exciting way of discovering museum collections, yet I have the feeling that even among museum lovers and professionals this might not be the favorite past-time. And I easily get tired when venturing out on … Continue reading

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Using the Collections…to make new SNOWSHOES!

Comparing their newly made snowshoes with old ones taken out of the exhibit case.                                          Photo by Wayde Carroll, courtesy of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. There are several pairs of snowshoes in the exhibition (“Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our … Continue reading

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Making Digitized Collections Useful. What can we learn from current Smithsonian work with source communities?

How can we use digitization as a way of making museum collections more interesting and useful for the general public, and especially for people in the places the objects once came from? How could we collaborate with such source communities … Continue reading

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