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Digital replica of 14th Century Chinese map raises question of ‘authenticity’ in art and design

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Are digital methods distorting the notion of authentic work? A digital replica of a 14th Century Chinese map of great historical importance will be on show at the Iziko Museums of South Africa. The museum is to host the World Design Capital 2014 exhibition. The exhibition, entitled ‘Patterns of Contact: Designs from the Indian Ocean World’ explores the visual artwork in East Asia, mapping historical pieces from over 1,000 years ago. Continue reading → (0)

H-Net Commons Quick Start Guides #2

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A series of guides from the H-Net Help Desk to get started using the new H-Net Commons. #2: Subscribing to a Network Subscribe to Get Email and to Post - Anyone with an account can request subscription to any network. (0)

Re: Have a favorite Digital History web site? Tell us about it!

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I have compiled a long list of Digital Humanities GIS projects and websites, of which the majority are historical investigations: http://anterotesis.com/wordpress/mapping-resources/dh-gis-projects/   John   (0)

Three More Books of Hours

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In one of our blog posts last week, we featured the Wardington Hours, a relative newcomer to our collections. Three other Books of Hours have been acquired by the British Library since 2000, each of particular interest to art historians and scholars. Add MS 74754: ‘The Small Bedford hours’ In… (0)

Open Access Archaeology Digest #516

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A nice batch of Open Access (free to read) Archaeology articles: Notice of Remains of the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus, Linn.) found in the Bed of an old Loch near Dundas Castle, Linlithgowshire; with Notes of Remains of Red Deer found in different Localities in the South of Scotland.http://bit.ly/10khpRK Notice of Sculptured Stones at Kilbride, Kilmartin, and Dunblane.http://bit.ly/10khpRK Ervenica – part of a Vučedol culture settlement http://bit.ly/1pymBjr Drinks by the riverhttp://bit.ly/17eoIld Learn more about Open […]

Jurassic Welsh mammals were picky eaters, study finds

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For most people, mere mention of the word Jurassic conjures up images of huge dinosaurs chomping their way through lush vegetation – and each other. However, mammals and their immediate ancestors were also around in the Jurassic period (201-145million years ago), albeit as rather less spectacular creatures. These shrew-sized, early Jurassic mammals were thought to have been confined to the ecological margins, eating whatever insects they could find. However, this was also the time when […]

New Open Access Journal: Civitas Avgvstiniana: Revista internacional sobre Agostinho de Hipona e a tradição agostiniana

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Civitas Avgvstiniana: Revista internacional sobre Agostinho de Hipona e a tradição agostinianaISSN: 164/2012   Revista internacional de estudos agostinianos. Promove estudos em todas as dimensões da obra de Agostinho de Hipona no seu tempo e na tradição posterior 2012 v. 1, n. 1 (2012) v. 1, n. 2 (2012) See the full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies (0)

SNAP and VIAF

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We’ve had a couple of meetings with Karen Smith-Yoshimura and Thomas Hickey, of the Scholars Contributions to VIAF group, to discuss possible collaborations, exchange of information, and mutual benefits of sharing standards between the SNAP:DRGN project and VIAF (the Virtual International Authority File, a federated authority list of persons from library catalogs, mostly from author or subject fields). We considered two main questions: What can SNAP:DRGN benefit from VIAF data or formats? Most concretely, what […]

Crowd-Funded Research in Archaeology

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Just yesterday, a friend of mine asked me what I thought about crowd-funded archaeological projects and sent me a link to a recently funded project on Kickstarter to support excavation in Nicaragua. A quick search at Kickstarter and another crowd funding site, Indiegogo, revealed quite a few other archaeological projects looking to raise funds for their work. For those unfamiliar with the internets, the way these crowd-funding sites work is that the fundraiser asks for […]

Emulation as a Service (EaaS) at Yale University Library

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The following is a guest post from Euan Cochrane, ‎Digital Preservation Manager at Yale University Library. This piece continues and extends exploration of the potential of emulation as a service and virtualization platforms. Increasingly, the intellectual productivity of scholars involves the creation and development of software and software-dependent content. For universities to act as responsible stewards of these materials we need to have a well-formulated approach to how we can make these legacy works of scholarship […]

17th Century Creepy Crawlies

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Insects have been incorporated in many historical artworks, mainly in the very realistic trompe l’oeil paintings and in the dark memento mori artworks. The little crawlies were included to demonstrate technical virtuosity and as symbols of evil and death, while butterflies represented transformation and resurrection. Insects in themselves were considered unworthy as subjects for painting. By the 17th century however, the obsession with natural history and with insects as a miraculous part of the natural world took precedence, and […]

Wordless Wednesday: Woodn’t it be Loverly?

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Coming Soon to a Billboard near You?#Pop-Up #Blippar  Follow the link in the photo caption to find out more. You can find more glimpses of the future (and links to associated articles) on CFM’s Pinterest Boards. (0)

A boatload of Chromebook goodies

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I’ve always been an Apple guy. Way back in the early 80s, I got started on an Apple IIe and nine-pin matrix printer before spending a few years in the wilderness with a clunky HP laptop.  I’ve been part of the MacBook world ever since. And while I don’t see myself moving from my MacBook / iPad / iPhone trifecta, some recent experiences with an Acer Chromebook might open up a bit of space somewhere […]

100 projects

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This week I realised that in my active career I will do approximately 100 different projects. Fifty working years, six months for a decent project, two projects per year. Presentations don’t count, nor do blogposts and most of my portfolio; they’re not substantial enough. 100 real projects. It’s an estimate, but it must be close. Currently I’m at project #25: Developing a toolkit and approach for consumer-centric innovation at a large multinational. Of the previous […]

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