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Ein Jahr Babelblog – One year Babelblog

Vor einem Jahr begannen wir anlässlich des 10 Jahre-Jubiläums von hist.net mit einem Experiment namens Babelblog. Wir fragten bloggende Historiker-Kollegen aus aller Welt, ob sie unser Weblog während eines Jahres mit Beiträgen in ihrer Muttersprache über die Nutzung digitaler Medien in den Geschichtswissenschaften ihrer Ländern versorgen würden. Das Echo war ausnehmend positiv, und von vielen der angefragten Kollegen erhielten wir auch interessante Beiträge. (mehr …)

Potential Digital Humanities Fellowship at CHNM

The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University invites expressions of interest to join the Center in applying to the American National Endowment for the Humanities for one of NEH’s Fellowships at Digital Humanities Centers.

NEH Fellowships at Digital Humanities Centers (FDHC) support collaboration between digital centers and individual scholars. An award provides funding for both a stipend for the fellow while in residence at the center and a portion of the center’s costs for hosting a fellow. Awards are for periods of six to twelve months. The intellectual cooperation between the visiting scholar and the center may take many different forms and may involve humanities scholars of any level of digital expertise. Fellows may work exclusively on their own projects in consultation with center staff, collaborate on projects with other scholars affiliated with the center, function as “apprentices” on existing digital center projects, or any combination of these. The results of the collaboration may range from “proof of concept” to finished product.

The aims of the program are to 1) support innovative collaboration on outstanding digital research projects; 2) expand digital literacy and expertise; 3) promote the work of digital humanities centers; and 4) encourage broad and open access to the humanities. (For the full guidelines, see http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/fdhc.html)

CHNM plans to select a scholar for its application by July 31, 2008. Interested scholars should send a CV and a 2-3 pp. description of 1) their general interest in the fellowship and the Center; 2) what specifically they would like to work on during the term of the fellowship; 3) any experience they might have that is applicable to this work; and 4) how this work dovetails with any current Center projects (e.g. the National History Education Clearinghouse, Zotero, Omeka, the Bracero History Archive, etc.) Send these two documents to chnm@gmu.edu with the subject line “NEH Fellowship” as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed as they come in, through July 31. The selected scholar will be notified soon thereafter, and CHNM will work with that scholar to submit a grant application to NEH by September 15, 2008.

Digital Historian, Center for History and New Media

The Department of History and Art History at George Mason University (where CHNM is located) has just received approval to hire a tenure track digital historian. We are very excited about this new position, which will be half in the Department teaching digital history courses and half in CHNM working on existing projects and developing new ones for us. If you know anyone who would be interested in applying or who should be interested in applying, please pass the word to them.

If you are interested in applying, you need to go to the GMU online application page and the number for this position is F5343z. Specific questions about the search should be directed to me, since I am the chair of the search committee. A formal advertisement will appear in the usual outlets soon.

The link to the formal posting of the position is now available.

Gulag History

The largest penal system in human history–the Gulag–is fast disappearing from the physical landscape. Of all of the many camps that dotted the maps of the Soviet Union, only Perm 36 survives largely as it was before 1991. The rest of the Gulag complex has been torn down, scavenged for scrap metal and building materials, or left to decay in isolated regions of Siberia now accessible only by helicopter.

The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, the Gulag Museum at Perm 36, and the International Memorial Society have collaborated on a new new website: Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives.

This project explores the history of the Soviet Gulag through bilingual exhibits (English and Russian), an archive of primary sources, a series of podcasts, and other resources. Exhibits are presented with a thematic approach that illustrates the diversity of the Gulag experience through original mini-documentaries, images, and the words of individual prisoners. A searchable archive includes archival documents, photographs, paintings, drawings, and oral histories that give visitors the opportunity to explore the subject in much greater depth. Later this summer, Many Days, Many Lives will also feature a virtual visit to the Gulag Museum at Perm 36.

The usability for historical educational resources

Some time ago we at Historia i Media have described two new polish historical internet projects: A Commonwealth of Diverse Cultures and the online version of Museum of the Warsaw Uprising. These two initiatives can have a very strong impact for the nextcomming big historical presentations in polish internet by showing how to use new multimedia technologies in the case of history.

Interfaces of both described here projects are developed on the Macromedia Flash technology. It gives a wide range of possibilities in showing interactive animations, sound, video etc. But it has also some big faults – for our interests most important one would be a case of usability in the context of the educational reasons.

For the Commonwealth of Diverse Cultures, this problem has a smaller importance. This project tend to be more some kind of historical internet showcase than an educational resource, how it is in the second case with online version of the Museum of Warsaw Uprising.

Virtual museum offers lot of digitalized documents, photos and exhibits. They can be used during historical lessons. But how? Because of the flash technology, nobody can add a link to the concrete subpage with one resource. Making the homework, pupil can’t put any unique reference to the material – so how it can be used in a text?

It is important to everytime ask a question if the historical resources published online should be more attractive or more effective. Example of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum shows the different way of presenting big internet collections, where there are no problems with references to the concrete materials and subpages. Usability and accessibility has more importance that the attractiveness of interface.

Check also: Case study: Headline History – accessibility and Flash

Clio and Me: Geschichtsblog des Monats März 2008

Diesen Monat soll wieder ein englischsprachiger Geschichtsblog zum Zuge kommen. Der Weblog „Clio and Me“ des an der George Mason University tätigen Mark Stoneman ist auch deshalb interessant, weil er eine weitere Variation zeigt, wie Weblogs den universitären Alltag von Historikern begleiten können. Ausserdem wollte ich bereits im Januar auf einen interessanten Artikel von Stoneman hinweisen, als er an einem Fallbeispiel aufzeigte, welche Auswirkungen die Wahl der Begrifflichkeiten bei einer historischen Google-Recherche haben können.

Dass Stoneman sich schwergewichtig mit deutscher Militär-Geschichte um 1900 beschäftigt, wird bei einer Analyse der Kategorien ebenso deutlich, wie die Auseinandersetzung mit den Möglichkeiten digitaler Medien, Forschung und Lehre zu unterstützen.

Spannend finde ich insbesondere, dass Stoneman an der gleichen Institution wie Babelblogger T. Mills Kelly tätig ist (wenngleich in anderer Funktion und in einer anderen Einheit), aber doch einen ziemlich anderen Stil pflegt und sich auch mit anderen Fragen beschäftigt.

Eckdaten

Titel: Clio and Me
URL: http://clioandme.wordpress.com/
Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ClioAndMe
Autor/innen: Mark Stoneman
Region: USA
Frequenz: einmal wöchentlich

MATARKA és egyéb hasznos cucc

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Miután ma a harmadik hivatalos svájci nyelv, az olasz, a mi babelbogunkban szóhoz jutot, gondolom itt az ideje, hogy a magyar nyely is jelen legyen nálunk. Sajnos nem sikerült magyarnyelvü kollegát találnunk, akinek kedve és ideje lenne, a babelblogban idöként valami apróságot írni, ezért én írok egy pár sort.

Napokban a H-Net keretében müködö Habsburg-listán fen ált a kérdés, hogy melyik magyar történészettudományos folyóirat fontos és hogy mi található a hálózaton.
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Babelblog: ein erster Rückblick / a first review

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Vor zwei Monaten starteten wir den Versuch „babelblog“: Wir öffneten unseren Weblog einer international zusammengestellten Gruppe von Historiker/innen, die aus ihrer Perspektive über die Geschichtswissenschaften im digitalen Zeitalter berichten sollten. Nach zwei Monaten und acht Einträgen von drei Autoren wollen wir einen ersten Rückblick halten.

Mills Kelly berichtete von einem Projekt, das die Entwicklung von Hilfsmitteln zur Erschliessung grosser Textmengen von historischem Interesse zum Ziel hat, vom Versuch der Library of Congress, ihr Bildarchiv auf Flickr bereit zu stellen und mit kollaborativem Tagging erschliessen zu lassen, einem Wiki, das dem (vor allem US-amerikanischen) Archiv-Wesen gewidmet ist, und von einem OpenSource Software-Paket, das mit Web-2.0-Technologien das Erstellen von Ausstellungs-Websites ermöglicht, bzw. vereinfacht.

Marcin Wilkowski berichtete von zwei Projekten in Polen, die historische Sachverhalten mit Web-2.0-Technologien darstellen und stellte die Frage, inwiefern die Erinnerung public domain ist, bzw. ob ein Privatunternehmen Bildmaterial von historischen Ereignissen, die eine ganze Gesellschaft betreffen, zu Werbezwecken einsetzen darf.

Loudovic Tournes schliesslich stellt die provozierende Frage, ob im digitalen Zeitalter die althergebrachten Bibliographien überhaupt noch einen Zweck erfüllen.

Wir warten gespannt auf die nächsten Einträge und sind zuversichtlich, dass bald weitere Autor/innen mit eigenen Beiträgen auf sich aufmerksam machen werden.

In January we started our project „Babelblog“: we invited some historians from different parts of the world to join our blog and post about the historical sciences in the digital age from their point of view. After two months and eight posts from three contributors, we think it’s time for a first look back.

Since most of the posts are in english, we do without replicating them one by one. We would like to point out the post of Loudovic Tournes though, not because it’s the only one in french so far, but rather because he asks boldly, whether in the digital age compiling and maintaining bibliographies is still making sense, or whether new technologies make those pre digital techniques needless.

In any case we are looking forward to a lot more interesting posts, that will come up during the next months – not only from the contributors we already have read, but also from new ones.

Omeka Ready for General Use (beta version)

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The Center for History and New Media and the Minnesota Historical Society have justed released the public beta version of Omeka, a free and open-source software platform that provides museums, historical societies, libraries, and individuals with an easy-to-use platform for publishing collections and creating attractive, standards-based, interoperable online exhibits. Already in use at more than 150 sites, Omeka makes a variety of Web 2.0 technologies and approaches available to any user–small or large–who wants to foster a higher degree of interaction among users and site visitors. Omeka is now available for download and general use. System Requirements for this platform are:

  • Linux operating system
  • Apache server (with mod_rewrite enabled)
  • MySQL 5.0 or greater
  • PHP 5.2.x or greater
  • ImageMagick