This year marked the fifth edition of the GIF IT UP competition where Europeana, in cooperation with Digital Public Library of America, Digital NZ and Trove, asked users to create GIFs out of digital records aggregated in these databases. GIFs made for this competition were submitted to the GIF IT UP website and shared on social media with the hashtag #GIFITUP2018. This is PA Digital’s third year participating in the fun and we are excited to recap some of our favorite submissions and Pennsylvania contributions from this year’s competition.

The annual competition is open to all, regardless of experience with GIF-making, and the informational website hosts tutorials for manipulating all sorts of materials into a dynamic GIF. Whether you want to manipulate color, convert video into a GIF or turn a stereograph into a moving image, these tutorials have you covered. A big thank you to Europeana, DPLA and DigitalNZ for these guides and recommendations for free software that can generate GIFs!

GIF-makers this year could submit general entries, World War I themed GIFs or enter into the first-time GIF-creator category. Although the winners of this year’s competition have not yet been announced, the submissions being judged are showcased on their homepage for the public to view and share. The contents of the submissions run the gamut from the surreal to humorous manipulations

Here are some highlights:

Allison Mandel from Philadelphia, USA, source material: Prevent flies by keeping a lid on the bin, Wellcome Library via Europeana
Lizzy Komen from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, source material: Edam by the sea, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision via Europeana
Alexander King from Brooklyn, New York, source material: Count Ján Hadik sketching Stunder’s Portrait, Ján Jakub Stunder, Slovak National Gallery via Europeana
Kristen and Jeff Gill from Los Angeles, source material: houtgravure, Rozendaal, W.J., CODA Museum via Europeana

Here at PA Digital we aimed to feature digitized cultural heritage materials from hub contributors across the state of Pennsylvania. This year’s batch of GIFs were made from illustrations, prints and video, all of which exhibit the diverse media that can be adapted for this competition. See below for some highlights. Our 2018 contributions were also shared on our Twitter account (@PADigitalNews).

“Baseball and campus views,” 1935-1950. Contributed by Lycoming College.
“The Lehigh Burr 1925-1926 (volume 36, no. 5).” Contributed by Lehigh University.
“Stereogram, The Taxidermists' after-dinner dream. ‘We thought all nature subservient to our will,’ Hurst's Stereoscopic Studies of Natural History, 1870.” Contributed by Villanova University.
“WW 1-Food (Conservation of) ‘Save a loaf a week - help win the war’, U.S. Food Adm. No. 3.” Contributed by the Pennsylvania State Archives.
“Monarch Butterfly,” 1817, by Titian Ramsay Peale. Contributed by the American Philosophical Society.

As always, please follow us on Twitter (@PADigitalNews) to keep up with all PA Digital resources, updates and workshops.

Written by Michael Carroll


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