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Category Archives: PHAEDRA

Project PHaEDRA on the Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Wolbach Library has recently uploaded educational materials to the Smithsonian Learning Lab, which is a platform that connects educators with lesson plans and collections from many Smithsonian museums and libraries. Educators can search by age level, subject, or Common Core State Standards. The collections published by the Wolbach Library…

November Zooniverse Update

Hi all, Sam and Nico here, the researchers behind Star Notes. We hope you are all doing well. You have all finished up the pages for Dorrit Hoffleit, which is so exciting! We’ve worked through the notebooks of a few astronomers already, and we’re glad to have such a dedicated…

October Zooniverse Update

Hi everyone!             Sam and Nico here, the researchers behind Star Notes. We hope you are all doing well. There are now over 5,000 volunteers on our project! This is a major milestone for us. We’re lucky to have so many dedicated contributors from around the world.             We’re in…

Learning Lab Collections

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Today, the Wolbach Library has started publishing online educational collections on the Smithsonian Learning Lab platform. Project PHaEDRA is an initiative by the Wolbach Library, in collaboration with partners, to catalog, digitize, transcribe, and develop the metadata of over 2500 logbooks and notebooks produced by the Harvard Computers and early…

September Zooniverse Update

Hi everyone!             Sam and Nico here, the researchers behind Star Notes. We hope you are all doing well as the summer comes to a close. It’s been 8 months since the launch of our project, and we’re very grateful for everyone who assists with Star Notes. We appreciate your…

Poem from a Volunteer

The following poem was posted on one of the Talk Board pages for our Zooniverse project, Star Notes. Jean Laurie was kind enough to allow us to post her poem here. Harvard Ladies Order StarsFor Williamina Fleming From Argentina come stars packed in wooden crates,minute gleams, silver trails of hydrogensnapped…

June Zooniverse Newsletter

June Star Notes Update Hi everyone! Sam here, one of the researchers behind Star Notes. We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy during this time. First off, we stand with Zooniverse’s commitment to fight systemic racism in STEM by supporting the Black Lives Matter and #ShutdownSTEM movements….

Annie Jump Cannon and the Case of the Missing Columns

About a week ago we received two emails from volunpeer transcribers who have been working on Project PHaEDRA at the Smithsonian Transcription Center.  They both wrote to ask about the number of columns found on the right hand pages of several Annie Jump Cannon volumes, and it kicked off an…

May Zooniverse Newsletter

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Hi everyone! Sam and Nico here, the Zooniverse Star Notes project coordinators. First, we hope that you are all staying safe and healthy. We’re immensely thankful to all of our volunteers. These are stressful times and we hope that this project can provide some community right now, especially when we’re…

Harvard Computers features on Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura article

On April 7th, 2020, the Wolbach Library at the Center for Astrophysics  | Harvard & Smithsonian was featured in an article on the travel website Atlas Obscura. The article, “Even More Ways to Help Librarians and Archivists From Home” by Jessica Leigh Hester, features six different transcription and citizen science…