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Historical Maps into Minecraft: My Workflow

The folks at the New York Public Library have a workflow and python script for translating historical maps into Minecraft. It’s a three-step (quite big steps) process. First, they generate a DEM (digital elevation model) from the historical map, using QGIS. This is saved as ‘elevation.tiff’. Then, using Inkscape, they trace over the features from the historical map that they want to translate into Minecraft. Different colours equal different kinds of blocks. This is saved […]

The Jade Room and Other Forgotten Museum Spaces


Senior Digital Asset Specialist Stephanie Post highlights a selection of Museum spaces that live on only in the Main Building’s rich history. (0)

Conserving the pottery, terracotta and tablets from Ur


Duygu Camurcuoglu, conservator, Ur Project, British Museum My job is to assess the condition of the objects from Ur being studied as part of the Ur digitisation project, conserve them if necessary, and guide the project team on handling and safe storage of the objects before/during photography and further digitisation work. I joined the project in August 2013 to lead the conservation and my first responsibility was to assess and conserve the terracotta objects and […]

Update on Philanthropy


One of the topics we examined in TrendsWatch 2013 was the “Changing Face of Giving.” Though the economy, and giving overall, continues to rebound, there’s wide agreement that we aren’t going to return to the world that existed pre-2008. We are seeing a fundamental shift in who has money to give, the criteria used to select who to give to, and what causes actually get support. Here are a few recent reads exploring the shape of the new […]

Forthcoming event highlights


Here’s the must-know information for some of the forthcoming Europeana partner and cultural heritage key events. Interested? Follow the links to find out more or to register. Two gossiping women taking tea at a small round table. Wellcome library, CC BY Enter the Europeana Creative Open Innovation Challenges, deadline 28 August We’re looking for creative developers and entrepreneurs to use the Europeana collections to create applications for the following themes – tourism and social networks. […]

World War One posters and artwork


I’m a huge believer in the power of visuals to encourage critical thinking and to support long-term retention. As social studies teachers we need to do a better job of finding ways to integrate visuals such as art and propaganda posters into our instructor. Stuck for ideas and resources? Try the Smithsonian. Recent online articles from the Smithsonian focus on posters from World War One and artwork created by illustrators sent France by the US […]

EGI Conference on Challenges and Solutions for Big Data Processing on Cloud


Amsterdam, 24-26 September 2014 This year the aim of the EGI Autumn conference will focus on the open issues related to the efficient processing of big data towards the realization of the EGI vision of the Open Science Commons, and will feature user-orientated sessions, as well as a rich track on Cloud. Continue reading → (0)

Last chance to enter round 2 of the eCreative Challenges!

On 28 August, applications close for the current Europeana Creative Open Innovation Challenges on Tourism and Social Networks. So if you have an idea for a new app that uses Europeana content relating to these themes, enter now at Need a creativity boost? Look at the Tourism pilot VanGoYourself or the beautiful visualisation of bird songs by the Australian artist Andy Thomas. (0)

Augmented Reality exhibition explores a rare eye disorder through ‘Fractured Visions’


Tamiko Thiel teams up with a psychiatrist and clinical lecturer from University of London American media artist Tamiko Thiel will launch a new exhibition this September entitled ‘Fractured Visions’, which uses Augmented Reality and smartphones to explore alternate ways of viewing reality. Continue reading → (0)

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


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)

Postcards from the field: Studying the Neolithic figurines from Koutroulou Magoula, Greece

Clay Neolithic figurines are some of the most enigmatic archaeological objects, which depict in a miniature form humans, animals, other anthropomorphic or zoomorphic beings, and often hybrid or indeterminate entities. Figurines have excited scholarly and public imagination, and have given rise to diverse interpretations. The assemblage from Koutroulou Magoula, a Middle Neolithic site – 5800-5300 BC – in central Greece (excavated under the co-direction of Prof. Yannis Hamilakis – University of Southampton/British School at Athens […]

H-Net Commons Quick Start Guides #2


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!


I have compiled a long list of Digital Humanities GIS projects and websites, of which the majority are historical investigations:   John   (0)

Three More Books of Hours


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) - Privacy Policy - Cookie Policy