Tag Archives: digitization

Help Transcribe Historic Menus

What's on the menuThe New York Public Library needs your help in transcribing its collection of over 10,000 digitized historic restaurant menus at its “What’s on the Menu” site. These menus are morsels of history that date back to the 1840s, but in their current state are difficult to search for specific information, like dishes, prices, and other details.

Just like the Civil War letters transcription project we reported on a few months ago, harnessing the power of the masses allows organizations like this to complete these projects faster and at much lower costs.

What We’re Reading: June 30, 2011 Edition

To begin this week, check out an article by Stan Katz on faculty productivity, learn about a recent workshop on environmental history, read a review of five new books on the Civil War, and discover a 12th-century murder mystery. Then, listen to an interview with historian Gordon Wood, consider a position as a producer of the Backstory podcast, find inspiration in National History Day, and teach the 4th of July. Finally, check out 4Humanities, Charles Darwin’s digitized library, arctic explorers, new online image galleries from the Freer|Sackler museums, and a new restaurant named after Abraham Lincoln.

Do Digital Docs Need Page Numbers?

Perspectives on HistoryFrom time to time, we receive requests from authors for bibliographic information about articles—their own or by others—they have seen on the Perspectives Online web site. As often as not, they are looking for the specific page numbers from the print version of the newsmagazine, for reference in an essay or a book being set up for publication—typically because a sharp-eyed editor is pressing them to give the full citation, page numbers and all. As regular readers already know, Perspectives Online articles are almost always drawn from the pages of the printed newsmagazine, and while the digital version carries information about the issue (month, year, and column title) in which the article first appeared in print, it does not carry the page numbers.

What We’re Reading: October 21, 2010 Edition

Dead Sea Scrolls DigitizedIn the news this week, Google is assisting in making the Dead Sea Scrolls available online in the near future, a Virginia textbook has been criticized for misrepresenting the numbers of black Confederate soldiers, and for those in the D.C. area, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society is hosting book signings today and next week. We came across a number of articles on scholarly writing this week. Check out the Writing History site (and submit your writing), a look at citations (and the lack of them) in popular history books, and two perspectives on Open Access Week.

October 21, 2010

What We’re Reading: September 2, 2010 Edition

Scholars test web alternative to peer reviewIn the news this week, the Oxford English Dictionary says goodbye to print, NARA releases a new report on Web 2.0 tools, and the New York Times publishes an obituary for David Weber. Also read about a Constitution Day panel discussion and the Smithsonian’s newly acquired Muppets. Then, turn to a series of articles on scholarly publishing.  Dan Cohen, Clare Potter, and David Crotty weigh in, and we also link back to Robert B. Townsend’s article on the topic from earlier this summer.  Finally, learn about historians’ roles in California’s Prop 8 ban on gay marriage and Lawrence v.

September 2, 2010

What We’re Reading: August 5, 2010 Edition

Surgical Casebook, Hanaoka SeishuNew this week, the FBI has released Howard Zinn’s security file, historian Michael A. Bellesiles attempts to shed past controversy, the National Library of Medicine digitizes a 19th century manuscript, the National Museum of American History puts archival footage to music, and the National Parks offers a free entry weekend. Then, read about the selective use of history, learn “What’s Wrong with the American University System,” and find the most current articles on disability history. Finally, we turn to the digital humanities.