In the news this week, two historians have won Balzan Prizes for 2010, and the National History Center’s weekly seminars begin again for Fall 2010. Read articles on the humanities this week: the death of the humanities, education in the digital humanities, and digital humanities start-up grants. We also include two e-book related links this week. First, read the results of a survey from ACLS Humanities E-Book, and second get an e-book for free from the University of Chicago Press. Then, check out NASA images on Flickr, the National Museum of Natural History’s centennial resources, EDsitement’s Constitution Day links, Sean Wilentz’s take on Bob Dylan, and a talk and slideshow on the world’s oldest living organisms.
In our roundup this week we have links to a look back on the life of Howard Zinn, news of a new children’s history museum, steps to open a Ulysses S. Grant library, a request for input from the National Archives, a look at combining history and video games, and new evidence in the history of surgery. Then, some digital history: the BBC and British museum join forces in a podcast, Priya Chhaya describes “Historian 2.0,” a blog series about the digital archives of every state continues, and the University of Chicago Press releases this month’s free e-book.
New this week, the National Humanities Alliance has sent out their “Monthly Policy Digest” with updates from Washington (legislation, nominations, and more). Also, the Public Interest Declassification Board takes another look at federal records policies. From the museums, learn about the National Archives’ 75th anniversary (and all the related events they have lined up), or check out the National Museum of American History’s post about preserving personal archives. The National History Education Clearinghouse has posted new videos on TAH grants, while Flickr continues to be a place of discovery.
When it comes to studying history, sometimes a picture says it all. We’re fortunate to live in such a digitally connected era where it seems that nearly everything is at our fingertips—literally! Many Internet users are familiar with Flickr, a web site that encourages collaboration by allowing users from around the world to share photographs and movies online. Flickr has various areas to explore and themes to peruse, such as The Commons, where museums and other international historical institutions create digitized versions of their photographic collections (check out our original Flickr post for more detail).
Yesterday Jessica* Lacher-Feldman, a University of Alabama archivist, chaired a session of the American Association for History and Computing that included archivists Jean L. Root Green of Binghamton University and Amy C. Schindler of the College of William and Mary, as well as archivist and applications developer Mark Matienzo of the New York Public Library.
The four led a wide-ranging discussion of the myriad ways that archivists are using web 2.0 technologies. Blogs, of course, have been in use for some time, and are the most common and well established way to promote collections to the public.
No matter who the society or where the location, there have always been pictorial representations of people, places, and things dating back centuries. These pictorial representations were brought to life in 1826 when Joseph Nicéphora Niépce burned a permanent image of a French landscape onto a chemically coated pewter plate using a camera obscura, more commonly known as a black room. Niépce’s first permanent photograph revolutionized the way societies document their world. Historians now have millions of photographs from around the world that are truly snapshots of the past.