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The Museum of Fair Use

Zelfportret van Cor van Teeseling, september 1942, Cornelis G. van Teeseling, 1942

In the museum realm there seem to be two opposing schools of thought about sharing images and artwork on the internet. One belief is that images are privately owned. Museums with this practice place watermarks on top of images and take other measures so that images are not shared. The other school of thought is that the images are meant to be shared. People pin and tweet and blog images and the community should be given tools to expand the reach of these museum collections.

The Getty Museum announced this summer that many of their galleries will make high-resolution images available for download. The Getty pointed to a growing public desire to use images in research and to enjoy the collections far from the institution itself.

Rijksstudio offers free high-resolution images to the public. They are undergoing a large digitization project of their full collection, a staggering one million works. You can download images from their site, but you’ll have to sign up first. You can create personal galleries of images and have the option to save zoomed-in details of an artwork. The Rijksmuseum encourages users to download and re-purpose or tamper. “We’re a public institution, and so the art and objects we have are, in a way, everyone’s property,” said Taco Dibbits, the director of collections at the Rijksmuseum, in a NY Times interview.

Stamhoofd Coba (Kobe) met grenadiersmuts, schild en assegaaien, Robert Jacob Gordon, ca. 1777

Zonder titel Vignet voor boek 'L'art Hollandais contemporain' van Paul Fierens, vogel op het water., Leo Gestel, 1932 - 1933

P.S.  The Public Domain Review scoured the Getty Museum’s  images  for their favorites and shared them here.

Images from the Rijksmuseum.


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Music Nerd Meets Archivist

Vinyl Image

Anti-Gravity Bunny is, to paraphrase it’s author, a music blog of one dude who loves sharing music that’s crazy awesome and/or under-represented. That dude is Justin, an archives student, and he’s not shy about his compulsion for mp3 organization. Justin’s perfectionist ways attracted me to his post “Music Nerd Meets Archivist: A Guide to Cataloging An Unwieldy Digital Music Collection.” In this guided tour of his personal library schema, Justin describes his iTunes protocols, tagging tendencies, and love of metadata. After reading of his scrupulous methodology, I can no longer describe myself as detail-oriented.

Below, I’ve outlined a few tips from the post that not only demonstrate Justin’s natural affinity and passion for archiving, but inspire me to rethink my own iTunes library practices. This is just a start, for more read Justin’s full post here.

On a related note, what 160GBs of music looks like.

5 Ways To Get Your Digital Music Collection In Order (Selections from Anti-Gravity-Bunny:)

1. Standards Matter

“Everything in my library from the moment it gets imported needs to have at the VERY least the artist, album, and song fields filled. If it’s in all caps, I change it.”…“I normalize the artist to match the way it’s represented in my library (add or remove “The,” etc).”…“If the song titles have track numbers, I get rid of them (and make sure the “Track Number” fields are filled).”

2. Fields Are For Filling

“I wanted to include a lot more data in the tags than iTunes would allow and there wasn’t much leeway with other fields. Like BPM.” 

Anti-Gravity Bunny Catalog

3. Develop A Context

“Every album needs to have the year it was released, the label, artwork, and a genre that’s meaningful to me. I also don’t just want the original year of release, I want the date specific to the copy that I have.”

4. Future Compatibility

“Just because I currently use iTunes, I know that the application won’t last forever (nor will my mp3s). So I make every attempt to utilize the mp3 fields that iTunes recognizes and none that other applications don’t.”

5. Make your work searchable

”If I’ve learned anything from this project, it’s that the “Sorting” tab is my best friend.”

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