CHNM Launches Hurricane Digital Memory Bank

In an effort to collect, preserve, and present the stories and digital record of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, The Center for History and New Media has launched the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank. A collaboration with the University of New Orleans, the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank brings together a diverse network of regional and national partners including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and the Louisiana State Museum to collect and preserve first-hand accounts, on-scene images, blog postings, podcasts, and other digital materials related to the devastating Gulf Coast storms of 2005. In addition to aiding historical efforts, the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank aims to foster some positive legacies by allowing the people affected by these storms to tell their stories in their own words, which as part of the historical record will remain accessible to a wide audience for generations to come.

Funded by a generous grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank builds on prior work by the Center for History and New Media and other partners to collect and preserve history online, especially through the Echo: Exploring and Collecting History Online – Science, Technology, Industry project and the September 11 Digital Archive. (more…)

CHNM named among “The Best of the Humanities on the Web” by NEH

The Center for History and New Media has been nominated for inclusion in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ EDSITEment: The Best of the Humanities on the Web project as one of the best online resources for education in the humanities. A peer review panel composed of educators and administrators in education organizations and higher education institutions reviewed the site and determined that CHNM met the EDSITEment criteria for intellectual quality, content, design, and most importantly, classroom impact.

EDSITEment is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council of the Great City Schools, MarcoPolo Foundation and the National Trust for the Humanities. EDSITEment provides resources for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in subjects such as literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

Firefox Scholar in Chronicle of Higher Education

Featured in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education is CHNM’s latest software development project, “Firefox Scholar.” Due for beta release in Summer 2006, Firefox Scholar will help teachers, students, and scholars organize and cite materials they have found online. Comprised of a set of browser extensions, Firefox Scholar will allow researchers to recognize and capture metadata from online objects; collect documents, images, and citations from the web; and allow those materials to be sorted, annotated, and searched–all directly within their web browser window. Like the Firefox browser itself, Firefox Scholar will be open and extensible, allowing others who are building digital tools for researchers to expand on the platform.

Firefox Scholar is one of a growing suite of free, easy-to-use, open source tools available from CHNM.

Cohen and Rosenzweig on Truth, Lies, and the Web

Historians have generally taken a dim view of the state of knowledge on the Web, pointing to the many inaccuracies on Web pages written by amateurs. In a new article in First Monday, CHNM Director of Research Projects, Dan Cohen and CHNM Director, Roy Rosenzweig assess this conventional wisdom with the help of CHNM’s innovative H-Bot automated historical fact finder. Adopting mathematical and computational perspectives alien to historians–but not to computer scientists–Cohen and Rosenzweig show that while the Web may include many inaccuracies, when assessed as a whole through statistical means, it is actually extremely accurate. Moreover, Cohen and Rosenzweig’s mathematical methods suggest new techniques for historical research and new approaches to teaching history in an age in which an increasingly significant portion of the past has been digitized.

Take a fresh look at the History Web, this week at CHNM.

CHNM “Blogosphere”

The Center for History and New Media has always been on the cutting edge of technology and scholarship, and today a new resource joins the already extensive CHNM site: the CHNM blogosphere. Visit us to read CHNM faculty and staff member perspectives on trends in digital history and traditional historical scholarship.

Nate Agrin’s web tech / random topic blog explores current events and how the world is affected by information sharing. See also Nate’s open code notebook at quirks.exposured.

Sheila Brennan looks at the online museum world and history resources, with detours into discussions about life in Texas and dissertation work.

Jeremy Boggs post thoughts houghts on how historians can use the electronic form as a tool for academic and educational expression.

Dan Cohen covers the digital humanities, the world of Google and search technologies, and programming and software for academics.

Josh Greenberg’s blog Epistemographer includes his thoughts on new web technologies, science and technology studies, and related topics.

Stephanie Hurter explores topics related to the history of print and public expression and how technology and new media affected (and continue to affect) these things.

Mills Kelly maintains a blog devoted to the teaching and learning of history online.

Sharon Leon posting cover history, religion, science (more…)

Leon awarded Stanley Jackson Prize

The Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences named Sharon Leon, Associate Director of Education Projects at CHNM, as the winner of the third annual Stanley Jackson award for her paper, “Hopelessly Entangled in Nordic Pre-suppositions’: Catholic Participation in the American Eugenics Society in the 1920s.” (59:1, January 2004).”

The Jackson Prize was created in the honor of Dr. Stanley W. Jackson (1920-2000). Dr. Jackson was a former editor of the journal, president of the American Association for the History of Medicine, and a distinguished professor of psychiatry and medical history at Yale Medical School. he Jackson Prize is given for a paper published in the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. The prize of $500 is awarded yearly by a committee appointed by the editor for the best paper that appeared in the journal in the previous 3 years.

Click here to read the article.

CHNM’s Bracero History Project in the News

The El Paso Times and Denton Record-Chronicle reported this week about CHNM’s Bracero History Project, a joint effort with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Institute of Oral History at the University of Texas at El Paso. The Bracero History Project seeks to establish a new model for museum and cultural institution collaboration, creating a nationwide network to collect the oral histories and mementos of braceros, Mexican guest workers brought to the United States for agricultural labor between 1942-1964. Among the project’s intended outcomes are a comprehensive online archive of Bracero history and a traveling exhibit that will provide insight into the history of work, immigration, and race relations during this period.

Click on the links to read the articles: El Paso Times, Denton Record-Chronicle

Google Print & Mass Digitization Projects: DC Tech & Humanities Forum to be held on 11/28/05

This fall’s Washington DC Area Forum on Technology and the Humanities will focus on “Massive Digitization Programs and Their Long-Term Implications: Google Print, the Open Content Alliance, and Related Developments.”

Our panelists are Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information, and attorney Jonathan Band.

Clifford Lynch has been the Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and Educause, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information Management and Systems.

Jonathan Band is a Washington-based attorney who helps shape the laws governing intellectual property and the Internet through a combination of legislative and appellate advocacy. He has represented library and technology clients with respect to the drafting of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), database protection legislation, and other statutes relating to copyrights, spam, cybersecurity, and indecency. He received his (more…)