The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) at the Library of Congress, in partnership with Zepheira LLC, is developing a free software platform called Recollection that allows users to upload their data and easily create interactive maps, charts, timelines, tag clouds and more. It’s elegantly simple, allowing users to take something like a standard spreadsheet and through a few simple clicks transform it into something else, like an interactive map.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant
This week we’ve rounded up a number of links related to archives: David Ferriero’s National Archives’ reorganization plan, the cost of digital archives, the New York Philharmonic’s digital archive, and a NHL team’s trip to the archives. Then, on the technology front, read about new technologies for teaching and scholarship, issues with citing e-books, and historians and textual analysis. Finally, learn about American silent films that were a recent gift from Russia, a Black History Month video on the contributions of African American women, a National Archives talk on Civil War cartoons, and a look at UC Irvine and global writers.
Article By: Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, Jim Grossman, Vernon Horn, Robert B. Townsend, and Lee White
While I hate to quibble with Patricia Cohen of the New York Times
, her report yesterday included the observation that “Just one of the nearly 300 main panels scheduled for next year’s annual meeting of the American Historical Association covers digital matters” is not quite true.
Article By: Robert B. Townsend
We start off this week with matters of the history profession, linking to a question from Dan Cohen about scholarly society meetings, a report from The Wall Street Journal
on how satisfied history majors are with their careers, and an article from The Chronicle
about the risks of citing digital sources. Read also about the ongoing legal effort to unseal Nixon’s grand jury testimony and hear what the American History Guys say about the history of the U.S./Mexico border. Next we look to news and articles on some online resources. The National Archives has announced a new plan to post documents of the Founders for free to the public, the DCRA is putting D.C. maps that span a century on Flickr, the Transcribe Bentham project looks for transcription help, Robert Darnton lobbies for a national digital library, and the Freer Gallery of Art displays some ancient bibles. Finally, we check out some recent books (and book events) and have some fun with The Onion
and ancient Greece.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend
In the news this week, the American Library Association takes a look banned books, in an effort shine a light on “the harms of censorship.” Also, check out two links on digital history; one on history in the digital age and the other on spatial history. We then look to two sites, from the National Archives and the National Museum of American History, for information on primary documents and artifacts. Finally, read articles on painting and history, 45 years of teaching history, biographies of Washington, history in China, and jobs in historic preservation.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend
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.
Article By: David Darlington, Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert B. Townsend
The University of Florida Libraries Digital Collections has established a Digital Military Newspaper Library.
Article By: David Darlington
In the news this week, historian Tony Judt has passed away at 62, and AHA member Richard Brown chairs the search for the new director of the Office of the Historian in the U.S. House of Representatives. Planning for the new school year? EDSITEment has put together collections of its most used content, and the ArchivesNext blog has picked winners for the Best Archives on the Web awards. Then we look behind the scenes with Dan Cohen on the One Week | One Tool project, learn the state of the e-book, and question Google's count of all the books in the world. Also, read answers from historians, prepare for the job market, and learn about James Smithson. Finally, view some Department of Agriculture propaganda video, look at posters from East Germany and Boston, and learn about a medieval fortress being built in...Arkansas.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Rob B. Townsend