Tag Archives: Smithsonian Institution

One Giant Keep for Mankind


One Giant Keep for Mankind

When Neil Armstrong returned from his famous moon walk in 1969, he brought back some souvenirs of the trip—and apparently kept them in a closet in his home until his death in 2012. That’s where his wife discovered the camera that recorded the landing and two waist tethers, objects that Armstrong called “just a bunch of trash” in the Apollo 11 mission transcripts. This “trash,” which was supposed to stay in space, is now on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. More… Discuss

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Hawaii is a paradise…of bird extinction http://t.co/jkTaUx6mqq #SOTB14 pic.twitter.com/lYufd32CxM — Smithsonian


Hawaii is a paradise…of bird extinction http://t.co/jkTaUx6mqq #SOTB14 pic.twitter.com/lYufd32CxM

— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) September 10, 2014

this day in the yesteryear: Last Passenger Pigeon Dies in Captivity (1914)


Last Passenger Pigeon Dies in Captivity (1914)

Billions of passenger pigeons inhabited eastern North America in the early 19th century, migrating in enormous flocks that darkened the skies for days at a time. They soon fell victim to habitat loss caused by mass deforestation, along with excessive hunting on an industrial scale. The bird‘s rapid extinction was largely responsible for ending the marketing of game birds and gave major impetus to the conservation movement. Where did the last known passenger pigeon die in 1914? More… Discuss

today’s holiday: Festival of American Folklife


Festival of American Folklife

Since 1967, the Festival of American Folklife has been held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the richness and diversity of American and world cultures, emphasizing folk, tribal, ethnic, and regional traditions in communities throughout the U.S. and abroad. Recent festival programs have included musicians from the former Soviet Union, demonstrations of African-American coil basketry and Italian-American stone-carving, and the performance of a Japanese rice-planting ritual. More… Discuss

New Widget at EuZicAsa – New resources: The Smithsonian: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIFE – Collections of Sounds


Sound from Amphibians of Panama: Túngara Frogs (Engystomops pustulosus)

 Encyclopedia of Life

The Smithsonian: Collections of Sounds

The Smithsonian’s 165th Anniversary


The Smithsonian - 165th Anniversary

The Smithsonian - 165th Anniversary (click here to read the story at The Smithsonian)

Five Tips for Desinating Preservable Wwebsites: Smithsonian Digital Archives


Five Tips for Designing Preservable Websites-via The Smithsonian

Five Tips for Designing Preservable Websites-via Smithsonian (click to read on at Smithsonian)

Here at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, we take pride in preserving the Institution’s history, including its sizable web presence. While various offices at the Smithsonian create and back up the contents of their websites, the Archives also crawls each website using Heritrix, an open-source tool created by the Internet Archive, to capture content in an archival format. Our aim is to preserve the ABCs of digital objects: appearance, behavior, and content. We take care to tailor crawl configurations to each specific website to capture as much of its ABCs as possible while adhering to our collections policy. Sometimes, though, the structure of the site itself makes a perfect crawl difficult or impossible. (Source: http://blog.photography.si.edu/2011/08/02/five-tips-for-designing-preservable-websites/)

Visit the Smithsonian: Now!


I have been wanting to visit the Smithsonian for many years now. I never got around though, so I decided to, at least take the virtual tour. It is fascinating what imagination can accomplish.

Are you coming?