ARMADILLO: Information Mining in Distributive Research Datasets in the Arts and Humanities is the website of a research project which aims to provide new tools for the creation of structured information from unstructured source materials. Based on semantic web methodologies, the software is designed to retrieve information following a pre-defined ontology and populate it by using statistical techniques to derive the most likely combinations of metadata components. The website includes a demonstrator, access to which requires (free) user registration. In addition, it provides: information on the project's objectives; its background; information on the historical sources used; and links to related projects. The website will also include the project's final report when completed.
Association for History and Computing is the website of an organisation which aims to promote the use of computers in historical studies, in both teaching and research. The website includes: information about the Association; details of the annual conferences and workshop programme; tables of contents for the Association's journal, History and Computing; details of the email discussion forum, H-AHC@h-net.msu.edu; and links to online resources. The Association also maintains a searchable bibliography of articles and monographs relating to the use of computers in historical studies.
Center for History and New Media (CHNM) is the website of a body established in 1994 to look at the ways in which new media impacts on the: teaching; learning; and researching of history. The Center for History and New Media developed from a partnership between George Mason University and the American Social History Project. The Center for History and New Media aims to organise conferences and electronic discussion amongst historians who are involved with developing and teaching, using digital media. The organisation has also collaborated with American Quarterly to sponsor a series of articles on hypertext in American Studies. These articles are available online along with essays on history and new media which aim to offer critical perspectives on the use of new media in the presentation and teaching of history. The site offers details of the projects which the Center of History and New Media is currently involved in, such as the History Matters project which provides resources for the teaching of history. The site also includes a section of annotated links which it is possible to search and browse. There is also a searchable database of history departments from around the world. Material on the site is in English.
The Centre for Computer-aided Egyptological Research (CCER) at Utrecht University in The Netherlands specializes in matters related to the application of computers in Egyptology. The Centre's activities concern developing general methods and programs, and providing worldwide advice and support. In this respect it coordinates the activities of the Computer Working Group of the International Association of Egyptologists. The centre publishes a series of CD-ROMs with pictures and data of Egyptian artefacts. A small selection is freely available online in the virtual exhibition. This website provides further resources useful to egyptologists: a multilingual Egyptological thesaurus; a database of 58,000 ancient Egyptian private names (Prosopographia Aegypti); a list of Egyptologists; an illustrated article on the great temple of Abu Simbel; an educational software presenting a trumpet found in the tomb of Tutankhamun (with sound recording); and a few fonts.
This is a project website for COLLATE. COLLATE : Collaboratory For Annotation, Indexing And Retrieval Of Digitized Historical Archive Material is a European Union-funded project (2000-2003) to develop a Web-based virtual centre for collaboration by archives, researchers and end-users working with digitized cultural material. The focus of the project is a digital XML text repository comprising a large corpus of historic text documents (especially on film censorship processes of the 1920s and 1930). COLLATE is based at the Fraunhofer IPSI (Integrated Publication and Information Systems Institute), Germany. Project partners range from university computing departments, institutional and national film archives, from across Europe. The website includes detailed information about the project and the issues relating to film studies. A number of publications are available online.
Created in 1989 as part of the 500th Anniversary of The Encounter of Two Worlds, the Computerized Information Retrieval System (CIRS) on 'Columbus and the age of discovery' is a valuable website for information regarding Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America. An accessible database of over 1100 full-text articles on the encounters between Europe and Central and South America from 1492 onwards, the CIRS is searchable by subject or keyword, and contains text from diverse sources including journals, newspapers and official speeches. Including articles on relevant aspects of Spanish, Pre-Columbian, and Mesoamerican culture, the CIRS particularly focuses on Christopher Columbus and his exploration in the Atlantic and Caribbean worlds. Awarded the status of an "Official Project" by the U.S. Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Jubilee Commission and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, this website has also received a number of deserved awards for humanities and educational web design.The CIRS should be a first port of call for any researcher into Christopher Columbus or the encounter between the Old World and the New.
Computer Gaming World museum is a free online archive of the first 100 issues of Computer Gaming World (CGW) magazine, from November 1981 until November 1992. GGW was a highly-regarded magazine, and this website archive will be useful for scholars interested in the early history of personal computer games. Magazines are presented individually as full-text searchable PDF files. In total, the online issues are said to contain 34 million words. An index is available for download, inside a standard Windows ZIP file. The website also has large images of the front covers of CGW issues from 1993 until 2006. There is an interview with CGW's original art director.
DISA is based at the Campbell Collections of the University of Natal and aims to make available to scholars information about the social and political history of South Africa. This includes topics relating to Apartheid, black civil rights and the work of the African National Congress (ANC). It currently provides access to a selection of full-text digitised journals from the post 1945 period, many of which were banned by the Apartheid government for presenting opposition political views. They include materials published by South African churches, civil rights movements, Inkatha Freedom Party and the ANC. The site also contains information about the future development of the project and digital imaging technology.
This website describes an AHRC-funded project examining the transformation of personal archives from physical objects (such as journals, photographs, letters) to digital media and the implications this has on libraries, research repositories and scholarship. The project team consists of people from the British Library (the lead partner), University College London and University of Bristol. The project runs from September 2007 until March 2009, with dissemination continuing until June 2009, and is led by Dr Jeremy Leighton John of the British Library. The website has full details of this wide-ranging project, the research team and partners. Details of publications by team members are available as a PDF document, and the project aims to place full-text papers on the website at a future date. The team has a weblog, going back to the start of the project. Information is also provided about the Digital Lives conference, which was held on 10th February 2009.
Digital Medievalist is the website of an online community of practice for medievalists working with digital media, particularly the digital representation of historical source material. The project runs: an email discussion list to enable the sharing of experience and knowledge amongst scholars working with medieval sources in a digital environment; a refereed online journal; and a news server for calls for papers and announcements. The Project also arranges conference sessions at relevant congresses. Full texts of journal issues are available on the website, as are guidelines for contributors. The Executive Board of the project has an international membership, reflecting the scope of this area of research. The site would be of interest to researchers already in the field, and anyone considering starting a digital project using medieval sources.
Digitising History : a Guide to Creating Digital Resources from Historical Documents is an online guide to the basic concepts required in developing digital resources from historical documents. It recommends good practice and standards that are applicable in a range of data creation situations, from postgraduate projects through to large-scale research projects. The guide focuses on the creation of tabular data suitable for use in databases, spreadsheets or statistics packages, however, many of the guidelines are more widely applicable. The guide is an online version of a printed volume available from the AHDS, and as such is presented in the structured format of the book. Elements featured within the guide include: project management; examining and determining the key elements of a source; converting that source into digital form; ensuring a resource is well documented; and preparing a resource for long-term use.
DoHistory is an interactive website, created by the Film Study Center at Harvard University, aimed at helping the user explore and piece together the lives of ordinary people in the past. Skills and research techniques are shown through the case study of Martha Ballard who was a midwife and healer in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Two in depth studies based on her diary are presented on the site. More general information about how to use primary sources and how to plan research and history projects is also available. As well as providing help on how to carry out research the site has an archive of primary sources. This archive provides access to letters, maps, newspaper and journal clippings, pictures, public and private records and diaries (including the diary of Martha Ballard from 1785-1812).
E-ressourcer (formerly known as Elektra) is an online resource developed by the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliothek) in Copenhagen. It contains complete digital facsimile editions of manuscripts held in the library. The manuscripts on the website are divided into three categories: Middle Ages and Renaissance, 17th and 18th century, and Modern Manuscripts. Complete manuscripts have been digitised, including full bindings where present.The earliest manuscripts include books of hours, prayer books, and historical and scientific works, mostly from France, England and Germany, with texts in Latin, French or German. There is also an online exhibition: 'Living words & luminous pictures: Medieval Book Culture in Denmark' showing twelve medieval manuscript books held by the library.The four 17th-18th century manuscripts include an Inca Chronicle, an Edda, a description of Greenland and an illustrated work on ancient monuments. The modern manuscripts are by Scandinavian writers, including Hans Christian Andersen and Henrik Ibsen. Diaries, letters and literary manuscripts are included in the collection.Each manuscript is accompanied by a description of its background and content, its official location, and its format. Most descriptive matter is in English, but the Scandinavian manuscripts, particularly the modern ones, offer Danish text only.The full colour images are copyrighted, but may be downloaded or printed for personal, scientific or educational purposes. The website can be viewed both in Danish and in English. The website is of best benefit to the general public who may be interested in learning about and accessing library collections.
The 'Eighteenth Century England' website presents a collection of projects created by final year literature students at the University of Michigan in the United States. The aim of each project is to create a multimedia learning resource on an aspect of eighteenth-century cultural history. There are currently fifty-four projects available from the site covering topics such as advertising, marriage, capital punishment and food. As well as providing access to the student projects the site has research advice for students. Some of this advice is specific to the students carrying out projects for this site but much of it is of a more general nature and includes, for example, information on how to create a bibliography, how to carry out research using both print and electronic sources, and on creating a website. Although some of the sources take a more humorous approach (for example, magical time portals to the eighteenth century), the site is generally of a high standard.
The 'Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative' (ECAI) has a free Web portal that serves as a showcase for... "exemplars of the variety of cultural atlases currently being developed", presented as part of the ECAI's mission to... "use time and space to enhance understanding and preservation of human culture". The website requires no registration, and users can browse by region, nation, or city. At April 2008, the Initiative has only two British examples. Google Earth can also be used as a browser, via an offered KLM feed. The ECAI invites the submission of suitable maps, and holds two 'ECAI Congress of Cultural Atlases' events each year. The website also has full details of the ECAI, and details of published research papers. There is a comprehensive listing of ECAI editors, executive members, and partners. Of note is that the ECAI is examining how the presentation of scholarly findings can best be enhanced via... "web-based technologies and spatial visualization through GIS" - the ECAI website has full details and reports on this. Among other notable projects featured on the ECAI website is the free 'TimeMap' set of software tools, via the University of Sydney.
The website ESDS Qualidata (formerly the ESRC Qualitative Data Archival Resource Centre) at the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex provides a national service for the acquisition, dissemination and re-use of social sciences qualitative research data. It is a specialist unit housed within the UK Data Archive (UKDA) at the University of Essex. The website provides information about availability and access to qualitative research materials including nationally sponsored research. There is online access to the Datacatalogue, the searchable database of records of sources of qualitative data available in the UK, as well as the UKDA online catalogue. The website's reliance on ASP to deliver the online content sometimes affects pages loading correctly in some browsers. Some datasets are online at this site, and the searchable catalogue describes distributed sources of a wide range of qualitative studies. At the time of review, there were four classic sociology collections in the online ESDS Qualidata: 'The Edwardians; Mother and Daughter; 100 Families; Mothers alone. The UK Data Archive receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Economic and Social Research Council.
The Center for History and New Media (CHnM) Essays web page is an online collection of around twenty essays on history and electronic media, mostly taken from academic journals in the field. The site describes its content as: 'essays devoted to the theoretical and practical aspects of taking history into a digital format, including comments on design and technical factors.' The essays are categorised by broad subjects, which include: 'designing for the web'; 'history on the web'; 'teaching digital history'; 'CD-ROMS'; and 'history of the Internet'. The essays all include full scholarly footnotes, which generally appear in a separate scrollable window to the main essay. The essays may be printed in printer-friendly format.
This website forms an online history course, run by Professor Ellis L. "Skip" Knox at Boise State University, on the Renaissance in European history (classed as running from 1300 to the start of the Reformation in 1517 on the website). Although aimed primarily at his own students, the website provides very valuable information to all interested in the Renaissance. The website is an excellent example of a completely online history course: all information relating to the course structure, and high-quality learning materials can be found here. The learning materials are split into thematic approaches to the Renaissance (politics, society, religion, economy and culture) and each of these sections has essays written by Professor Knox along with various relating primary sources. There are also various resource sections which provide maps, time-lines, bibliographies, and general reference information. The major focus of the website is on France, England, the Empire and the Italian States.
Genealogical Software Report Card is a website linked to the National Genealogical Society (NGS) - an American organisation for amateur and professional family historians. Report Card compares and reviews family history, family tree, and other genealogical computer software, for the society's magazine. The site contains a number of sections: an explanation of the features of Report Card; 'score cards' and assessment graphs pertaining to reviewed software; text reviews (in PDF format) of programmes that have been published in the NSG newsletter; a very useful glossary. This is a relatively technical site, requiring an understanding of not only genealogy but also of statistics.
Based at Royal Holloway, University of London and funded for three years by the Wellcome Trust, this website disseminates some preliminary findings of a research project into the Health of the Cecils between c.1550 and 1660. This interesting and free to use website, although currently limited in size, would be useful to anyone interested in the Cecil family or in the health of noble families in England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The extensive and detailed glossary of medical terms compiled from documents relating to the Cecils, with an accompanying introduction and explanatory essay, is an essential resource for historians studying medicine and healthcare. The documents section provides evidence of the Cecils' enthusiasm for bathing for health: one letter describes a trip to Bath and another the use of a sauna. More such transcriptions and findings are promised. Details of a 2005 conference remain online; some links do not work and the 'latest news' dates from 2005, although more recent updates have been made.
The higher education Academy Subject Centre for History, Classics & Archaeology replaces the former Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN) for these disciplines. Established by UK higher education (HE) funding bodies, the subject centres aim to promote high quality learning and teaching in all subject disciplines in higher education. The centres support the sharing of innovation and good practices in learning and teaching including the use, where appropriate, of communications and information technology (C&IT). The Centre for History, Classics, and Archaeology website includes: a calendar of forthcoming events; online editions of the Centre's newsletter, Learning and Teaching in history, classics and archaeology; briefing papers (e.g. Searching for Course Material on the World Wide Web); software reviews; a bibliography for history teaching and learning; a tutorial on Reading Archaeology textbooks; and full contact details. In addition, each subject area has its own separate area with more specific resources, including case studies. The Centre makes available small grants for the development of teaching and learning in history, classics (including ancient history), archaeology, and cognate disciplines. Some publications are downloadable in PDF format. Links to external sites that may be of interest are also provided.
Historical Event Markup and Linking (HEML) Project is an online collection of resources relating to an XML (eXtensible Markup Language) schema for linking together online resources relating to historical events. The Project has developed a basic XML schema which might be embedded into websites. Services may be developed which make use of this additional XML encoding including: timelines; other ordered lists of events; maps; and virtual repositories of linked documents. The Project offers: an XML schema; XSLT stylesheets; and a Java Heml Webapp for downloading (and using within the Cocoon2 publishing environment). The project's outputs are designed to be multi-lingual and to take account of different calendar systems. The Project's website also includes a range of example implementations including: a timeline of Russian under Stalin; an animated map of the Second Punic War; and a dynamic map of the career of Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz. The Adobe SVG plug-in is required to view the maps. The project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and being developed by staff at Mount Allison University and the University of Virginia.
The History Data Service (HDS) covers a wide range of historical topics, and brings together over 600 separate data collections transcribed, scanned or compiled from original sources. The data collections cover a time period from the late tenth century to the twentieth century, and although the primary focus is on the UK, it includes a significant body of cross-national and non-UK data collections. Examples of topics covered include: nineteenth and twentieth century statistics, manuscript census records, state finance data, demographic data, mortality data, community histories, British electoral history from the 18th to the 20th century (such as Parliamentary Poll Books, Psephological Datasets, British electoral data), and economic indicators. Various search and browse options are available for retrieving information about the collections.
The History Lab is a network for postgraduates and new researchers in history, allowing them to socialise, exchange ideas and 'drive the study of history forward'. Based at the Institute of Historical Research, which also hosts this informative website, membership of The History Lab is free to postgraduate students. The website provides details of the fortnightly seminars, the annual conference and other events, including workshops which deal with topics such as how to approach teaching and the treatment of history by contemporary TV programmes. There is a blog on which postgraduates share their research advice and frustrations. A links page provides information on other support networks, external conferences, training, funding and jobs. A membership form can be downloaded from the site.
This website is a discussion forum for historians working on the digitisation of historical materials. Part of JISCmail, the national academic mailing list service, which is dedicated to encouraging 'discussion, collaboration and communication' amongst academics working in Britain and elsewhere - the site features highly specialised scholarly exchanges between academic historians. The archives are publicly accessible, but users who wish to post their own messages must register. This service is provided by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
The Humanities Research Institute is a consortium of technology-related research projects from within the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Arts. Their core mission is to use new technologies to formulate and investigate research questions in the humanities which cannot be easily answered by the use of conventional methodologies. The cultural material in electronic form can range from medieval literary manuscripts, public records and early printed books through to modern music manuscripts, novel holographs and scientific writings. "They are conceived and published electronically to give the widest possible access to primary research materials, which would otherwise be available only to scholars travelling to the world's greatest libraries." This online service includes links to the following projects: André Gide Editions; Bakhtin Centre; Cotton Catalogue; East Asian Languages; Fairbank Archive; Flora Tristan; French Stars; Hartlib Papers; Hebrew Dictionary; Hospice History; Illuminated Manuscripts; John Foxe; Latin Stemmer; National Fairground Archive; Pérez Galdós Editions; SciPer; Strafford Papers; Stuart London.
The Journal of the Association for History and Computing is a peer reviewed electronic journal. Articles on the use of computers on a broad scope of learning, teaching and researching history are included in the publication. Each issue also includes reviews of electronic journals, electronic and printed resources and computer applications and programmes. All the material is available free of charge and the main language of publication is English. All material is available in HTML with some of the articles also having PDF versions. The site has a search engine which provides a useful tool for locating relevant articles. A cumulative index of all the volumes is currently being constructed. This journal provides a wealth of information to anyone interested in how computers can be used in teaching and researching history.
Making the History of 1989 is an online resource for teaching history at undergraduate level, focusing on the collapse of communism across the GDR and Eastern Europe. Created by the Center for History and New Media with input from historians and political scientists, it makes available diverse primary source material with detailed guidance on how to use it for teaching purposes. Clear and easy to use, the site comprises: a lengthy introductory essay covering events across East Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Albania, Romania and Yugoslavia, setting them in historical, political and geographical context; primary sources (translated documents and images) organised by country and tagged for effective searching; video interviews with scholars who personally experienced these events, in thematic sections with transcripts; teaching modules and case studies for classroom use. Modules include: the Catholic Church in Poland; nationalities in the USSR; economies in transition; everyday life in Eastern Europe; Solidarity; the unique experience of Romania. Each module provides: selected primary sources; teaching strategies; lesson plans; source-based questions; an annotated bibliography.
Mapping the Medieval urban landscape: Edward I's New Towns of England and Wales is the website for a project which aimed to look at towns founded by Edward I in the late 1200s in an attempt to understand the processes by which urban landscapes were created in the Middle Ages. The project looked at 12 towns in Wales and England: Aberystwyth; Harlech; Criccieth; Caernarfon; Newborough; Beaumaris; Conwy; Rhuddlan; Caerwys; Flint; Holt; Overton; and Winchelsea. The attractive and easy to use website consists of a number of pages describing: the project aims; background; methodology; the people involved; details of the pilot study at Winchelsea; and an impressive clickable map of England and Wales allowing the viewing of maps and a small amount of information on each of the study towns. Fuller reports on the findings of this project are not available here but will be disseminated via the website of the Archaeology Data Service in due course. Not all of the links work. Researchers in particular may find this website useful.
The online Medioevo Italiano Project aims to develop new means of studying and researching the Middle Ages on the Web. The site is various sections:the Medioevo Italiano Project offers information such as links to publications, dates of conferences, and other Italian societies, and maintains an email discussion list. Another section is dedicated to Web publications focusing on the Middle Ages. These publications deal with the history of Italy and the Italian language. Electronic initiatives are also considered. The website is almost completely in Italian, although some sources and emails are in other languages. This site will be beneficial to people generally interested in the Middle Ages as well as Italian studies students (secondary school to university levels). Overall an asset to any Italian scholar.
Milkbar.com.au: Metadata Analysis Engine is an online hypertext documentary about the inner-city of Fitzroy, in Melbourne, Australia. Based on a Ph.D thesis by Adrian L. Miles which explores the effect of globalisation on Fitzroy, the site presents an oral history of Fitzroy in an attempt at understanding the changes to the community documented through interviews with individuals living there. The site includes twelve hours of unedited video, which may be retrieved using the Smafe Meta Analysis Film Engine, developed by the author and Kurt George Gjerde (MATs research program, InterMedia, University of Bergen). Film clips have been categorised by topics such as: ideology; economics; culture; and ethnicity. Each topic also has a short accompanying essay. The site requires a suitable streaming video plug-in such as Quicktime. Also included are a number of essays including: a description of how the experiment fits into humanties computing; how the hypertextual video is applied to the historical study of Fitzroy; and the gentrification of Fitzroy.
'The Mozilla Digital Memory Bank' is a new online project of the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, and it aims to preserve the oral history of the development of the Open Source 'Mozilla' Web browsers such as Firefox. The project is one of a small handful of websites that are seeking to capture and preserve the oral history of key parts of the personal computing revolution. As of July 2007, the website has 17 interviews online (most as audio files), hundreds of images, and a timeline is promised shortly. The website is in an early stage of development, but is already a useful resource for historians of modern technology.
The website for the UK's National Videogame Archive contains basic information about the NVA, which was launched in October 2008. The NVA is... "a joint project between the National Media Museum and Nottingham Trent University, which aims to celebrate that culture and preserve that history for researchers, developers, game fans and the public." At November 2008 the website contains a basic profile of the NVA, contact details, a FAQ, and details of how to become involved. There is an associated NVA website, www.savethevideogame.org, which contains the NVA's call for archival materials. The NVA websites will be a useful starting point for those interested in the ways in which interactive new media can be conserved and archived for future generations. In future years it may also be of interest to those seeking scholarly texts on the history of videogames and game cultures.
The Paula Petrik Homepage is an online collection of resources mounted by the professor of history at George Mason University whose special interest is in the potential of the new media for teaching and researching history. The site hosts syllabi for courses such as History and New Media-Maps and Creating History for New Media, as well as information for students on essay writing. However, of particular interest are the academic articles featured on the site. Available in PDF or RTF, they are informed and scholarly pieces on the subject of Web design for history teaching.
This website contains a large free archive of the famous U.S. Radio Shack product catalogues, from 1939 until 2005. Some catalogues from the late 1940s and early 1950s are missing from the run. Catalogues have been scanned in colour and at a high resolution. Scans are available via a simple Flash interface, and do not have watermarks. There are also other brochures, many Radio Shack TV adverts as online streaming video, a short history of Radio Shack, and a discussion forum. This will be a useful resource for historians seeking to examine the ways in which new consumer and hobbyist technologies were promoted and sold in the U.S.A. over a long period, and to examine original documents showing the commercial emergence of early personal computers. It may also be a useful resource for those seeking to track the evolving representations of 'the nerd' in U.S. culture. The website is not authorised by the RadioShack Corporation and is intended for non-profit research uses only.
This AHRC funded project aimed to explore the use of large datasets in the Arts and Humanities through several workshops held at University College London (UCL). The project's main aims were to: 'highlight issues regarding the application of e-Science technologies to Humanities datasets; develop a project proposal for full scale analysis of Ancestry.co.uk's historical datasets utilising Research Computing facilities at UCL; bring together a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise to ensure best practice; highlight any issues of concern which would preclude a large scale project from being useful or successful; ascertain the historians viewpoint of the benefits and concerns in undertaking a larger scale project; predict the form and type of results which will emanate from a future project with the available datasets; and ascertain the comprehensiveness and accuracy of the transcribed datasets'. The website provides information on the project in general, details of the workshops held at UCL and, most importantly, the results and findings. There are, moreover, a number of links to various relating websites on the left hand side of the page, and also numerous links to other research projects and the project leaders. This Web page will be of use to anyone interested in, and wishing to know more about, the leading academics in this field and how datasets can be used in the Humanities.
John Simkin's Spartacus Educational website has published the "Teaching History Online" newsletter every month since December 2000. It includes news, reviews of websites and articles on using information and communications technology (ICT) in the history classroom. It is aimed at and contributed to by, a community of people involved in using the Internet to teach history in UK schools. The links page is extremely comprehensive and covers a wide range of historical topics.
The History Education Network/Histoire et Éducation en Réseau (THEN/HiER) is an award-winning bilingual site dedicated to the study of history at various levels of education in Canada. Produced through a collaboration among professional academics, public museum professionals and educational curriculum policy makers, THEN/HiER has several sections: News and Resources; Research; Practice; Curriculum and Advocacy; and Make your Voice Heard. The news section provides the latest updates on resources in history education, posts a database of history programmes, offers job listings, a newsletter, and notable events such as lectures and conferences. The research subsite allows users to access a database of article, chapter, book and report summaries, and thesis and dissertation abstracts. It also provides tips on how to conduct historical research and lists journals that deal with history education. The section on Practice explains best practices in historical education and provides primary and secondary source bibliographies in that field. Curriculum and Advocacy offers curriculum and education policy documents. Make Your Voice Heard gives users interactive components, such as message boards and sets up forums for collaborative projects. While the site is Canadian, it is worth noting that the site's administrators pick up news from Europe, the USA and further abroad internationally, making this a generally useful resource for anyone teaching history in the secondary or tertiary educational systems. Users can register and log in to access all information available.
Run by amateur enthusiast Steffen Thorsen, the Time and Date website provides a number of tools for calculating times and dates, including calendars and world clocks relating to the current year as well as historical and future years. The variety of tools can be confusing, but they are simply laid out and easily customised, particularly after free registration. A calendar can be created for any year and customised to show the phases of the moon or the holidays in various countries. Calculator tools allow the user to find out the duration between any two dates. Current time tools workout the time in major cities worldwide. An attractive world map shows which parts of the Earth are currently in daytime and night time. The user can compare time zones between cities and calculate a suitable time to make international conference calls. There is a countdown to New Year 2008 and tools to create a customised countdown to any date. The user can find out which code is needed to make international calls from many countries and to calculate the distances between cities.
This website provides access to over 50,000 data series compiled by the UK Office for National Statistics. The service was previously called the NS databank, but since an expansion in 2002 has been known as Time Series Data. The data series may be searched and accessed by the academic community free of charge via an additional username and password. All 34 major National Statistics (NS) publications relating to economics, trade, employment, and industry, are available. Datasets include: labour market statistics; financial statistics; economic trends; retail, consumer, and producer price indices; national accounts; acquisitions and mergers; consumer trends; gross domestic product (GDP); trade by industry; balance of payments; inflation; exchange rates; and so forth. The oldest datasets begin in 1946, and this service may prove useful to historians studying British history since the Second World War, or other Arts and Humanities Scholars requiring information on the twentieth century UK economy. Time Series Data is available to UK HE/FE institutions under a national license agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
Tom Malzbender is an online collection of materials on the work of the scientist who has developed image-based relighting technology to enable scholars to decipher ancient texts. Malzbender's process captures images of three-dimensional objects - such as tablets - thereby helping scholars to read inscriptions that were previously invisible to the human eye. The site contains a short article about the technology, explaining in lay terms how it works and what it can do. There are also Quicktime films demonstrating how the process 'reads' a text. Some technical research data is also available.
This website originally grew from an AHRC-funded Research Workshops Museums and Galleries grant awarded in 2006 to the University of Leicester. It presents, and now seeks to continue, the collaborative work between the University, Culture24 (formerly known as the 24 Hour Museum, the UK's national virtual museum), and the Collections Trust (formerly known as MDA). The website provides reports (some in PowerPoint format) on a series of workshops that took place between July 2006 and March 2007 in Leicester, Brighton, Newcastle, London and Cambridge at which museum practitioners and academics were brought together to consider as a think tank a number of issues related to the potential of the emergent Semantic Web and its associated technologies to the UK museum sector. The objective is to keep the website as the focus for discussion and debate in this area, and as the space for future collaborations, case studies and publications to be shared. The ongoing discussion on Web technologies applied to museums should interest researchers and museum studies students.
The Victorian Women Writers project aims to provide access to highly accurate transcriptions of works from British women writers from the nineteenth century. The project aims to encode all its texts using Standard Generalised Markup Language (SGML) according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines. Further information about the project and SGML and TEI are available from the site. The site provides access to a wide variety of material by over 40 writers; this material includes anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts and children's books. All works can be viewed as HTML or SGML files or can be downloaded. Full bibliographical details are provided for each item. The works can be browsed alphabetically by author. It is also possible to search the site by carrying out either a simple keyword search or a boolean search. The site also has a list of works currently available and a list of those currently under preparation.
This website publishes the audio recordings in MP3 format of a conference held at Sheffield University between the 19th and 21st of April 2006 on new technologies in history and archaeology. The papers focus on GIS; imaging and virtual restoration of historical documents; data mining; Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS); and XML technologies. The papers may be useful to researchers interested in computing in history or archaeology.