Getty: Can Art and Science Solve the Most Complex Challenges of the 21st Century?. “Forty-five cultural, educational, and scientific institutions throughout Southern California received over $5 million in exhibition research grants by the Getty Foundation to prepare for the next edition of the region-wide arts initiative Pacific Standard Time, scheduled to open in 2024. The landmark series will return with dozens of exhibitions and programs focused on the intertwined histories of art and science, past and present. Together, they address some of the most complex challenges of the 21st century—from climate change and environmental racism to the current pandemic and artificial intelligence—and the creative solutions these problems demand.”
The archives of the St. Helena Star, a newspaper for the town of St. Helena in Napa County, California, have been digitized and put online. And they are extensive. “St. Helenans are in for a treat. The digitized back issues of the St. Helena Star newspaper, from ‘Volume I, No. 1’ of Sept. 25, 1874 through ‘Vol. CXLI No. 14’ of Dec. 25, 2015, are now available online through the St. Helena Library.” As the article notes, accessing the archives is a touch awkward, but on the upside they’re free.
A local Irish newspaper that focused on positive news is now available in a digital archive. “Started by local resident, Seamus Kelly, in June of 1998, Ballymun Concrete News was a dedicated newspaper for the people of Ballymun that was available in the area free of charge.” The newspaper ran until 2006.
The Canadian city of Toronto has launched a new Web site with information on cold case murders. The site lists cases dating back to 1959. I don’t have a case count but it looks like every year starting in the late 1970s there’s at least one case, and there are more and the cases get more recent. At least a few hundred??
The city of Paris, is going to make a digital archive of mementos left after the Paris terrorist attacks. “Every day, new messages are left by passers-by, including lots of children drawings. Hundreds of them are now drying out in the rooms of the Archives of Paris. They will be treated against mold and scanned in order to be available to scientists as well as the public on a future website.”
The UK has a new online archive of interviews with former government ministers. “The project, Ministers Reflect, publishes interviews of ministers describing what their work is like – what the challenges are, how they make themselves most effective, and what more is needed to help them work productively towards their policy objectives.”
The British Library has declined to accept a Taliban-related digital collection because of terrorism laws. “Academics have criticised the British government for creating a ‘climate of fear’ after the national library declined to store the world’s biggest collection of Taliban-related documents over concerns it could be prosecuted under terrorism laws.”
Akron, Ohio has a new online photo archive. And unlike many photo archives I cover, this one is recent. “An online treasure trove of photographs of Akron is now available — for free use by anyone — thanks to local photographer Shane Wynn and two nonprofits who work to give the city a boost. Wynn spent more than 40 hours last year taking the shots, capturing more than 1,400 images of the city, including wide-angle photos taken from the tops of parking decks and a ladder.”