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By Jason Rhody Several projects funded by NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities have been featured in t [...]

Humboldt University Nubian Expedition (in English)  – Humboldt-Universität Nubien Expedition (auf De [...]

EMINA: Egyptian Mummies in North America EMINA is a searchable database of Egyptian mummy resources [...]

Added URLs, for the full-text content only, of ten more UK university repositories. Journal of Insec [...]

The Jewish Quarterly Review (Open Access Backfiles) ISSN: 00216682 E-ISSN: 15530604 Established in 1 [...]

Open Access (free to read) Archaeology articles:A Review of Techniques for the Graphical Display of [...]

The following is a guest post by Kris Nelson, Program Management Specialist at the Library of Congre [...]

A joint initiative which involves several projects co-funded by the European Commission DCH-RP, APAR [...]

Subject: Final call for papers for the 2014 TEI Conference Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:13:05 +0000 Fro [...]

In early April 2014 the Brooklyn Museum removed all its images from flickr. They now appear in Wikim [...]

Some futurist scenarios are more probable than others. But even those that seem wildly improbable he [...]

Since its launch last year, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has been working hard on br [...]

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High-resolution recording: Ashurnasirpal II and Tutankhamun

Factum FoundationFactum Foundation is a registered Foundation, established in 2009 and based in Spain, dedicated to the development and use of non-contact high-resolution digital recording as part of a coherent approach to the preservation, understa… [...]

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Museums and the Web ASIA 2013

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Topic: Art, science, and natural and cultural heritage content online
Date, Place: 9-12 December, Hong Kong (China)
Link: http://mwa2013.museumsandtheweb.com/
 

Museums and the Web is the largest international conference devoted to art, science, and natural and cultural heritage content online. Since 1997 it has been designed by and for museum professionals to feature the best digital work from around the world and highlight the use of new technologies in the museum context.

MWAsia offers a range of professional learning opportunities, from plenary sessions to lightning talks, from formal papers to informal networking, from museum project demonstrations to commercial exhibits.

 

 

Monday, December 9, 2013 to Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Washington’s National Gallery of Art makes 25.000 artworks freely accessible

An article by Colin Marshall appeared on the Open Culture website, about the trend of the biggest players among the Museums worldwide to make their digitized collections freely accessible and downloadable online. This is certainly an opportunity but it also opens a debate about copyrights and reproductions. But “many rights-holders, including certain museums, have effectively decided that if you can’t beat the mechanical reproducers, join ‘em.” Continue reading [...]

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Moskow: Workshop %u201CShare culture, link content: Europeana and supporting projects%u201D at …

Goal: To promote Europeana and supporting projects, Linked Heritage, LIDO, as several Russian institutions were interested in participating in the project as well as harvesting their resources to Europeana through Linked Heritage services Participants:… [...]

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THE BEST IN HERITAGE

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Topic: A survey of award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects
Date, Place: 19-21 September, Dubrovnik (Croatia)

Link: http://www.thebestinheritage.com/conference/about/
 

The Best in Heritage is an international, annual survey of award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects. More than Twenty projects from the world, proclaimed the best in the previous year on national or international level, are invited to the conference to present their success stories. In brief, it displays and celebrates excellence from the field of museums and heritage.

 

Thursday, September 19, 2013 to Saturday, September 21, 2013

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MUTEC International Trade Fair for Museum and Exhibition technology Leipzig, Germany

MUTEC will focus on technology for museums and collections. MUTEC 2012 International Trade Fair for Museum and Exhibiton Technology. Conference website [...]

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MUDIRA: MUnich DIgital Research Archives

MUDIRA: MUnich DIgital Research Archives

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MUnich DIgital Research Archives ist ein im Frühjahr 2012 gestartetes Gemeinschaftsprojekt des Instituts für Ägyptologie der LMU München und des Staatlichen Museums Ägyptischer Kunst München (SMÄK), in welchem die umfangreichen Bildbestände beider Institutionen zu Altägypten digitalisiert und zugänglich gemacht werden. In der ersten (auf 2 bis 3 Jahre angelegten) Projektphase werden etwa 30.000 als Kleinbild-Diapositive vorliegende Originalaufnahmen aus Ägypten sowie von Beständen ägyptischer Museen und Sammlungen professionell gescannt und im Rahmen einer durch die IT-Gruppe Geisteswissenschaften (ITG) der LMU erstellten Datenbank online präsentiert. Ziele des Projektes sind die Erleichterung des Zugangs zu den Bildern, die wissenschaftliche Aufbereitung der dazugehörenden Informationen sowie letztendlich der Erhalt der oftmals wissenschaftshistorisch bedeutsamen Abbildungen auf einem zeitgemäßen Speichermedium. Der UNI DIA Verlag hat zudem seine knapp 6.000 Bilder zu Altägypten in digitalisierter Form zur Verfügung gestellt. Diese Bilder sind bereits komplett bearbeitet und abrufbar. In einem zweiten Schritt soll dann die Glasplattensammlung des Münchner Ägyptologischen Instituts digitalisiert und aufbereitet werden.

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Europeana 1914-1918 roadshows inspire Slovenian librarians

Guest blog from Breda Karun, Zavod Jara, an institute for library development in Slovenia.

This is not a story of the First World War, it is a story of how Slovenian librarians, inspired by Europeana 1914-1918 Family History Roadshows, are developing new services using the principles of ‘crowdsourcing’, ‘everyday history’ and ‘user-generated content’.

Background

We started with three Europeana 1914-1918 Family History Roadshows as part of our Europeana Awareness PR campaign in spring 2012.

Hosting libraries invited volunteers from other regional and smaller libraries to help. The response was very good and we had plenty of staff on hand on the days of the roadshows. Experts on the First World War from museums and archives were also keen to be a part of it and were happy to get in contact with contributors for possible future cooperation.

Volunteers shared their positive experiences when they returned to their libraries, so more libraries decided to organise roadshows in 2013 at their own expense. Two more roadshows ran in spring 2013 and another two are coming up in the autumn.

Young and old: left, a young girl looks up at the Ljubljana roadshow poster, and right, a 100-year-old man with his contribution.

Over the five roadshows run so far, we have welcomed 130 contributors who brought with them a total of 220 stories and 900 objects.

The response from the media has been incredible. We documented 108 mentions in the media around the three collection days in 2012, and more than 50 covering our two events in 2013, including interviews on the most prominent radio and TV stations, newspapers, social media and websites.

Television interview in progress at the Ljubljana event

We noticed that the events brought satisfaction to both staff and contributors. Older people were grateful to have the opportunity to tell their stories to very enthusiastic listeners. Slovenians are traditionally introverted people, sharing their private stories mostly within their family or social group. For this reason, we didn’t expect many contributors and were positively surprised about 30-40 people coming to each event. Being able to share the stories through Europeana, Europe’s digital library, was an additional stimulation for staff and contributors.

We were so pleased with our results that we presented our experience of Family History Roadshows at the public libraries conference in Macedonia (February 2013) and at the international conference of archivists (April 2013).

A couple of the interesting objects brought to the Slovenian roadshows

Beyond World War One

The successful events sparked interest among librarians and stimulated them to come up with the idea of inviting local people to share memories related to their communities, outside the realm of WWI. One of the planned topics is industrial history – inviting people to share stories about the important industries that were ruined in the 1990s. Whole generations of people worked in factories that have since been closed or destroyed, and many people still keep photos and documents from the time when industry was flourishing.

Our enthusiasm for this type of content collection has also speeded up the development of a user-generated content module on our own regional portal (KAMRA). At present, all the information from KAMRA is uploaded to Europeana on a monthly basis. We are looking forward to discussing with Europeana how our new user-generated content could be incorporated later this year.

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London: Open Culture 2013

Annual event organised by Collections that focuses on collections management called OpenCulture. The two day conference is also supported by a trade fare packed with leading suppliers of products and services for all those directing, managing and runni… [...]

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Final report: JISC Open Bibliography 2

Following on from the success of the first JISC Open Bibliography project we have now completed a further year of development and advocacy as part of the JISC Discovery programme. Our stated aims at the beginning of the second year … Continue reading [...]

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Briefly Noted for March 9, 2009

This year CHNM and the American Historical Association will be pleased to award the first Rosenzweig Fellowship for Innovation in Digital History in memory of our late friend and inspiration, Roy Rosenzweig. The American Association for State and Local History … Continue reading [...]

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