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DPLA & DigitalNZ present GIF IT UP: an international GIF-making competition, October 13 – December 1, 2014

2014 October 23
by Mandy Mastrovita

The Digital Public Library of America and DigitalNZ are very excited to announce the launch of GIF IT UP, an international competition over the next six weeks to find the best GIFs reusing public domain and openly licensed digital video, images, text, and other material available via their search portals.

The winners will have their work featured and celebrated online at the Public Domain Review and Smithsonian.com.

The GIF IT UP competition has six categories:
Animals
Planes, trains, and other transport
Nature and the environment
Your hometown, state, or province
WWI, 1914-1918
GIF using a stereoscopic image

A winner will be selected in each of these categories and, if necessary, a winner will be awarded in two fields: use of an animated still public domain image, and use of video material.

To view the competition’s official homepage, visit http://dp.la/info/gif-it-up/.

Judging: GIF IT UP will be co-judged by Adam Green, Editor of the Public Domain Review and by Brian Wolly, Digital Editor of Smithsonian.com. Entries will be judged on coherence with category theme, thoroughness of entry (correct link to source material and contextual information), creativity, and originality.

Gallery: All entries that meet the criteria outlined below in the Guidelines and Rules will be posted to the GIF IT UP Tumblr Gallery. The gallery entries with the most amount of Tumblr “notes” will receive the people’s choice award and will appear online at the Public Domain Review and Smithsonian.com alongside the category winners.

Submit: To participate, please first take a moment to read “How it Works” and the guidelines and rules on the GIF IT UP homepage, and then submit your entry there.

Deadline: The competition deadline is December 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM EST / December 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM GMT+13.

Resources: You can find more information about GIF IT UP–including select DPLA and DigitalNZ collections available for re-use and a list of handy GIF-making tips and tools–over on the
GIF IT UP homepage.

Questions: For questions or other inquiries, email info@digitalnz.org or info@dp.la, or tweet @digitalnz or @dpla.

Good luck and happy GIFing!

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Enhanced Athens Historic Newspapers Archive

2014 August 22
by Donnie Summerlin

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the re-release of the enhanced Athens Historic Newspapers Archive:

http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/athnewspapers

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Athens Daily Herald, November 17, 1922

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive is now compatible with all current browsers and provides access to nine newspaper titles published in Athens from 1827 to 1928 without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads. Consisting of over 77,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site will provide users with a view into the history of Athens in its early years as the home to the first state-chartered university in the nation and its eventual growth into the largest city in northeast Georgia.

The archive includes the following Athens newspaper titles: Athens Herald (1913-1923), Athens Banner-Herald (1923-1928), Southern Whig/Southern Herald (1838-1850), Clarke County Courier (1903-1913), in addition to the titles previously included in the archive: Athenian (1827-1832), Southern Banner (1832-1882), Southern Watchman (1855-1882), Daily/Weekly Banner-Watchman (1882-1889), Daily/Weekly Athens Banner (1889-1922).

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The Digital Library of Georgia is a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia. Georgia HomePLACE is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Digitization is also made possible through a grant provided by the Francis Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive (1819-1880), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006). These archives can be accessed at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html

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