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October 30 is Ask An Archivist Day

2014 October 30
by Mandy Mastrovita

Today, October 30, archivists around the country are taking to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist

Go to Twitter and ask professional archivists nationwide any questions that you have about the archives profession, or about the collections that archivists work with. Learn from the questions that other members of the public are asking, and take the opportunity to ask questions that interest you! A list of participating archives is available here

 

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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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