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.
While Recollection is still in beta, those interested in trying it out can request a free account to access it.
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.
While I hate to quibble with Patricia Cohen of the New York Times, her 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. There are actually seven sessions at the meeting as a whole (including two numbered sessions) that are related to digital history. This includes the general discussion on the question: “What’s Next? Patterns and Practices in History in Print and Online.”
While the small number of digital history sessions at the annual meeting is disappointing to someone like me, who is really interested in these questions, simple bean-counting misses an essential point—the history profession has always tended to avoid or ignore process discussions, including professional problems and pedagogy, as well as digital issues.
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.
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.
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.
The University of Florida Libraries Digital Collections has established a Digital Military Newspaper Library.
This pilot project features contemporary and historic military newspapers from Naval and Air Force bases in Florida, Georgia, the Panama Canal, and Cuba, including the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The collection is searchable by keyword or by several different categories such as title, author, location and date of publication, or target audience. The full text of all articles can also be searched, or you can simply browse the collection, which now has 22 titles and a couple thousand issues.
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.