processing archives

Scanning the skies for galaxies, Canadian astronomer Paul Hickson and colleagues identified some 100 compact groups of galaxies, now appropriately called Hickson Compact Groups (HCGs). This sharp Hubble image shows one such galaxy group, HCG 90, in startling detail. Three galaxies, two visible here, are revealed to be strongly interacting: a dusty spiral galaxy stretched and distorted in the image center, and two large elliptical galaxies. The close encounter will trigger furious star formation. On a cosmic timescale, the gravitational tug of war will eventually result in the merger of the trio into a large single galaxy. The merger process is now understood to be a normal part of the evolution of galaxies, including our own Milky Way. 

Image Credit: NASA; ESA, Hubble Legacy Archive; Processing: Oliver Czernetz


If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you probably know already that I rarely sketch on paper because I prefer to work directly in Illustrator. On the rare times that I do start on paper, I usually just do a really quick and rough sketch to determine the main layout of the piece. 

I probably spent around 5-10 minutes sketching each of these. I figured spending too much time refining it won’t make sense since I’ll just use it as a guide. I’ll redo everything in Illustrator anyway so even if there’s something off with the initial sketch, I can easily fix that when I start rendering. Sometimes, I follow the sketch exactly as it is, but sometimes, especially when I realize I’m not happy with it, I’ll completely scrap that off and just layout everything digitally (case in point: who tells your story sketch). 

For this series, the first four posters are created directly in Illustrator so I don’t have them here. But thankfully, I have the rest of the sketches to share!

summer reads, 2017
- - - more recommendations welcome

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complete / near complete;
letters to a young contrarian | christopher hitchens
wetware: a computer in every living cell | dennis bray
sapiens: a brief history of humankind | yuval noah harari
homo deus: a brief history of tomorrow | yuval noah harari
on tyranny | timothy snyder

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in process / next up;
the gene | siddhartha mukherjee
simulacra (yale series of younger poets) | airea d. matthews, carl phillips 
empire of signs | roland barthes
spontaneous particulars: the telepathy of archives | susan howe
the archive as a productive space of conflict | markus miessen, yann chateigné

                                                         - - -

to be started / recommended by pals;

  1. the dispossessed | ursula k. leguin
  2. the empathy exams | leslie jamison
  3. speedboat | renata adler
  4. pitch dark | renata adler
  5. canaries in the mineshaft: essays on politics / media | renata alder
  6. behave: the biology of humans at our best / worst | robert m. sapolsky

Keep reading


In case anyone is wondering what archivists actually do when they say they’re processing collections and writing finding aids, here’s me doing it. And making stupid faces because I like doing that, too.

When you get a collection to process that’s been in the archives for a while, it generally comes in an acid-free box. Oftentimes there will be subfolders within the box. When a new collection comes in, you often just get stacks of paper thrown into a random box and have to make the folders yourself and rehouse fragile materials and documents in acid-free folders and boxes before getting started (including removing staples and paper clips in some cases). In this case, I’m processing a collection that’s been here for a while, so it’s already in folders.

The next step is going through each folder to determine exactly what’s in the collection. This helps you choose information to put into the finding aid. I usually take very extensive notes during this step because I take very extensive notes on everything ever, but whatever helps you remember what’s in each folder is fine.

Once you know what’s in all your folders, you can move on to working on making the collection accessible for researchers. The collection I’m currently working on in these photos is a bit disjointed, so right now I’m rehousing some of the individual pieces into folders that make more sense for them to be in. You usually don’t do this unless you have to - there’s something called original order that means that you try to keep things in the order the creator of the collection had them in - but sometimes things are rearranged slightly for researchers, especially if there appears to be no significance to the order the documents are in.

Now it’s time to put together our finding aid. To do that, we use a form document so all our finding aids are consistent. We put in all the metadata information - gross, I know - and then fill out container and box lists. Those work like this:

  • Series: A subdivision of a collection that is self-contained (not physically as some series are really long)
  • Box: Sometimes collections physically come in more than one box, so list the box number
  • Folder: Each folder in a series gets a number so that the files stay organized
  • Notes, encompassing dates, etc.

So as you can see, there’s a reason I take all those notes when I’m going through the collection - when I add something to the ‘notes’ section, it’s usually about anything important in the folder so that a researcher can find it with a keyword search when the finding aid goes online!

And that is what an archivist is doing when they tell you they’re processing a collection or writing a finding aid.
In the Rough - Chapter 1 - realisticallycynical - Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime) [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Consider your wish my command! I’ve officially gotten an Ao3 account and every chapter of In the Rough has been posted there


In the Paisley Park archiving process, literally hundreds of pairs of these stylish shoes were discovered in Prince’s collection. Prince preferred a short-cut boot with a four-inch heel, which he reinforced with special metal brackets so they would be able to endure the strain of him dancing, doing the splits, and jumping off of his piano. And thanks to the fine work of Los Angeles-based Andre No. 1, he had a pair made to match nearly every outfit in his closet.
Check out these shoes created for the 1988  Lovesexy Tour.

i think there's a hole in this boat somewhere
  • trauma: happens
  • me, unflinching and steely-eyed: compartmentalize, process internally, archive
  • me, noticing the rain has destroyed a spider's web: brief startling burst of choked tears

Scanning the skies for galaxies, Canadian astronomer Paul Hickson and colleagues identified some 100 compact groups of galaxies, now appropriately called Hickson Compact Groups (HCGs). This sharp Hubble image shows one such galaxy group, HCG 90, instartling detail. Three galaxies – two visible here – are revealed to be strongly interacting: a dustyspiral galaxy stretched and distorted in the image center, and two large elliptical galaxies. The close encounter will trigger furious star formation. On a cosmic timescale, the gravitational tug of war will eventually result in the merger of the trio into a large single galaxy. The merger process is now understood to be a normal part of the evolution of galaxies, including our own Milky Way. HCG 90 lies about 100 million light-years away toward the constellation of the Southern Fish (Piscis Austrinus). This Hubble view spans about 40,000 light-years at that estimated distance. Of course, Hickson Compact Groups also make forrewarding viewing for Earth-bound astronomers with more modest sized telescopes.

Image Credit: NASA; ESA, Hubble Legacy Archive; Processing: Oliver Czernetz

Hubble Space Telescope

Time And Space

8 Years of Hetalia Kitawiki!

Today is a very special moment for us! It was on this day in 2009 that we opened our doors for the first time. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs throughout the years but we are still going strong thanks to the support of the many contributors that have helped out, past and present, but most importantly, you and the fandom as a whole! Whether you are writing a fic, roleplaying, or just a new fan looking to get to know the series better, we hope can continue being a helpful resource to all of you!

Happy birthday Hetalia Archives! Cheers to many more birthdays in the future!

(Transparent by @heta–transparents)

Some cool stuff happening over in my woods 🙌🏼! I just signed up for a wonderful co-working space in Nashville to work on my second book, which I just signed! That’s coming out in 2017 on Abrams Books.
And this is a wonderful opportunity to remind you backup your data! I just got a Synology DS1515+ to be apart of my archiving process. It’s a great RAID 5 system with remote web access too ⚡️Seriously y'all get your images backup well!

for those of you interested, i will be posting all my progress shots and wips on my instagram (@runnxgun). if you want to get an idea of what my works look before they are put through the final stages, you can check them out there! i have some up already~



ask-spacetan  asked:

Hi! Idk how this works but we're a new bangtan blog!! ♡♡ -Admin Ryou

Hey hey! Thank you for the message! I’m in the process of updating the archive and getting all the ask blogs current. I believe most of the members in your blog are members of the network, if not you can always apply ^^ but feel free to use the bab net tag and follow it, we will look out for your posts!!

As for everyone else, be sure to look out for and follow these wonderful darlings and the new blog!! A fun space au with the boys as astronomical princes~~

-Admin Astro


got a wolrd watchin’. no rubber burning that’s just a heart on fire. gasoline bakes in a metal vessel, got battle adorning my bones like its tattooed on the shell. broken chains swing, this is pain learning to sing. power to come, to multiply the vindication.

this is my love. this is me.

no blades to be dulled in the process.

archival imagery by @s800m of my blood machine, @ FinalBout2000016.

Louis C. Anderson, Dante’s Inferno: A Pocket Mural (The Calutron Process), Manhattan District History; Book 5, Electromagnetic Project; Volume 6, N.d.