Last week, in preparation for the poster sessions at our 2015 annual meeting in New York, the AHA hosted a Google Hangout to discuss strategies for creating an effective conference poster. Participants included AHA director of scholarly communication and digital initiatives, Seth Denbo; poster guru Colin Purrington; and Kelly Spring, winner of last year’s AHA Annual Meeting Poster Contest. If you’re planning a conference poster, here are some top tips from our experts for making your poster stand out from the crowd:
- In your poster introduction, describe a particular question your research attempts to answer and why it is important.
Today’s What We’re Reading features the latest on the “right to be forgotten” ruling, American folklore told by Capitol interns, the five strangest rules in baseball, and much more!
The Court of Justice of the European Union recently made international headlines by backing “the right to be forgotten” and ordering Google Spain to take steps toward allowing Europeans the right to remove personal information that has become outdated or irrelevant from search providers, most notably Google.
In the news this week, discussion continues on proposed changes for human-subject research, Rosa Parks’s archive is up for sale, and the Squeeze Imaging Project goes online. Then, read one historian’s concerns about “culturomics” (a project that analyzes text in the Google Books project), discover 5 reasons to love libraries, and learn about 600 New Yorkers’ experiences in the 9/11 Oral History Project. Finally, check out EDSITEment’s Back-to-School Reading Index and an infographic that tracks U.S. post office expansion from 1700 to 1900.
We begin this week with the news that Google has ended its newspaper digitization project. Read also about an AP U.S. history teacher’s efforts to bring current events back into the classroom, the Bard’s thoughts on the recent study on the median salaries for undergraduate majors, a report about the decline of Western Civilization classes, and improving metadata by making it a game. Then, discover the histories of those who rest in the 60,000 graves in the Congressional Cemetery, and check out GE ads from the 1900s.
In the news this week, some new ideas about declassification of historical records, Ken Burns announces Vietnam War documentary, and the LA Times checks out a Virginia Civil War sesquicentennial project. Then, learn more about reCaptcha, get advice on online images and copyright, peruse a roundup of women’s history, and take a look back at historic D.C. We also continue with more articles and news on the William Cronon affair. Finally, follow-up on the recently rejected Google Books Settlement through a number of links.
Google Public Data Explorer, created in March 2010, is a tool provided by Google in their Google labs section (experimental projects) that allows users to create and use visualizations of 27 data sets varying from U.S. unemployment rates to World Development Indicators. The number of data sets is growing as of February 17, 2011, when Google opened to the public the ability to upload data sets. As this number grows the expansion will hopefully bring more specific uses to a wider range of users.
There are only a few days left to register for Humanities Advocacy Day, put on by the National Humanities Alliance. Consider joining in to lobby for history programs on Capitol Hill. In other news, a new U.S. History AP course is a year away, the National Archives has joined Foursquare, and Google presents a new “street view” of art museums. If you’re hungry for history this month you may be interested in a group of D.C. historians who meet to discuss decades old recipes, and a journalist who tried to eat like it was 1912.