I hope the new year has been a good one so far! I just wanted to drop a quick note and mention that the Modernist Journals Project has started a new endeavor to broaden our web web presence on Flickr and Youtube. So far, our Flickr page features covers for The Crisis and a special selection of covers and ads from our “on or about” 1910 collection — hopefully, with more theme and cover sets to come. In addition, we have planned a series of Youtube tutorials to help users navigate the database more efficiently. So far, we have our first basic tutorial up and running and will begin work on a new one soon. Any suggestions or feedback you might have on these projects is welcome.
I have been mulling over the notion of creating [digital] periodical art exhibits for some months now. I had wondered what kind of publishing platform could be utilized for such a project and whether it was even possible without a graphic designer and site architect on hand. While other questions still loom (and I will get to those shortly), the recent release of the open-source database software Omeka has been a synchronous event in light of my interest in online exhibits – one that assures me of two things: A. There is a broad need/demand for a publishing platform that allows librarians, museums, scholars, and archivists to organize, curate, and share work with the public. B. Now we can actually do this! As Matt Huculak mentioned in his report on the Toronto conference and recent developments in digital tools, the new Omeka software appears as if it is going to be an immensely useful and easy way to manage archives and collections, as well as create – you guessed it – digital art exhibits.
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