National Library of Australia: Making history with Trove

National Library of Australia: Making history with Trove. “Australia’s much loved digital library Trove is inviting community-led, volunteer-run and rural and regional collecting organisations across Australia to make their significant digital collections and data available and findable in Trove. Following the budget announcement in April 2023, the National Library of Australia has announced that these organisations will not be asked to pay to showcase their digital content in Trove.”

‘Part of our history’: Ukraine hails return of Scythian gold treasures (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Part of our history’: Ukraine hails return of Scythian gold treasures . “On Tuesday the collection, including a rare golden neck ornament and a solid gold helmet, was shown off in Kyiv. They are among 1,000 items lent in 2013 by four museums in Crimea for an exhibition in the Netherlands. The following year – with the artefacts still out of the country – Vladimir Putin annexed the Black Sea peninsula. Ukraine and the museums in Moscow-occupied territory both demanded the Scythian finds be sent back to them. After a lengthy battle the Dutch supreme court ruled in June that the items belonged to Ukraine. ”

Kyodo News: Japan to recommend A-bomb photo archive for UNESCO heritage list

Kyodo News: Japan to recommend A-bomb photo archive for UNESCO heritage list. “The Japanese government decided Tuesday to recommend a collection of photos and videos depicting the devastation in Hiroshima after the August 1945 atomic bombing to a UNESCO documentary heritage program for 2025, the 80th anniversary of the U.S. attack. If accepted, it will mark the first time documents related to the atomic bomb have been added to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Memory of the World Register.”

Machines meet museums: Report unpacks AI in heritage sector (University of Reading)

University of Reading: Machines meet museums: Report unpacks AI in heritage sector. “Nearly a quarter of UK heritage organisations are using artificial intelligence (AI) tools, according to a recent survey commissioned by The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF). The rise of AI in the heritage research led to the NLHF commissioning Dr Mathilde Pavis, of the University of Reading, to conduct research unpacking emerging uses of AI across museums, galleries, libraries and archives, and support the heritage sector in planning for the AI revolution.”

Guam Daily Post: Humanities Guåhan to archive and digitize resource center

Guam Daily Post: Humanities Guåhan to archive and digitize resource center. “Humanities Guåhan received an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities Pacific Islands Cultural Initiative to fund the coestablishment of the Pacific Islands Humanities Network. This funding will go toward developing a new digital resource center to preserve and enhance accessibility to valuable educational and cultural resources related to Guåhan, Micronesia and the broader Pacific region, according to Humanities Guåhan.”

Asia One: Mongolia urges Russia, other nations to return cultural artefacts

Asia One: Mongolia urges Russia, other nations to return cultural artefacts. “Mongolia on Monday (Nov 20) called for more support from Russia, Britain and other countries to repatriate hundreds of cultural artefacts, some dating back over two millennia. Key artefacts include a letter from Mongolia’s first prime minister declaring independence from China’s Manchu dynasty, currently held at the British Library in London, the Mongolian government said in a statement.”

Kyiv Independent: Ukraine elected to UNESCO World Heritage Committee for the first time

Kyiv Independent: Ukraine elected to UNESCO World Heritage Committee for the first time. “Ukraine was among the nine countries elected to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee during the Nov. 22 vote for the first time in history. The country submitted its candidacy in July last year. Ukraine is joining the other 20 members and will hold the seat on the Committee for the period 2023-2027.”

UNESCO World Heritage Convention: New Tool to assess the effectiveness of World Heritage management

UNESCO World Heritage Convention: New Tool to assess the effectiveness of World Heritage management. “UNESCO and the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Committee – ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature)- have released a newly revised toolkit for assessing the effectiveness of management systems of World Heritage properties. Enhancing Our Heritage Toolkit 2.0 offers a World Heritage-specific methodology of management effectiveness assessment that can be applied to cultural, natural and mixed sites.”

Santa Clara University: Revealing an Unseen History

Santa Clara University: Revealing an Unseen History. “In 2022, [Professor Lee] Panich and a team of faculty, students, and Muwekma Ohlone representatives began adapting that Google Earth tour into a more comprehensive augmented reality (AR) experience that will allow the thousands of people who visit SCU every year to explore Indigenous stories around our campus in real-time, directly on their phones. The GPS-driven AR tour is planned to highlight roughly 20 stops.”

KUTV: Utah Historical Society pushes ‘The Peoples of Utah Revisited’ to celebrate growing diversity

KUTV: Utah Historical Society pushes ‘The Peoples of Utah Revisited’ to celebrate growing diversity . “The book ‘The Peoples of Utah’ was published nearly 50 years ago by the Utah Historical Society. It explores stories of the lives of people from various cultures who came and settled in our state. Now, there’s a new project underway to build on the research conducted back then and inspire the next generation. It’s called ‘The Peoples of Utah Revisited.’ Each of the 14 chapters are devoted to specific ethnic communities that migrated to Utah.”

Newswise: Cultural artifacts serve as “cognitive fossils,” helping uncover the psychology of the past

Newswise: Cultural artifacts serve as “cognitive fossils,” helping uncover the psychology of the past . “In a review published on November 2 in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, researchers explain how modern computing methods like text mining, face detection algorithms, and melodic extraction programs can enable large-scale analysis of cultural artifacts such as paintings, stories, or clothing to uncover this psychological data.”

ProPublica: UC Berkeley Takes Significant Step to Repatriate 4,400 Native American Human Remains

ProPublica: UC Berkeley Takes Significant Step to Repatriate 4,400 Native American Human Remains. “A notice filed Tuesday in the Federal Register indicates UC Berkeley is committed to repatriating 4,440 ancestral remains and nearly 25,000 items — including jewelry, shells, beads and baskets — that were excavated from burial sites across the San Francisco Bay Area. The notice follows extensive consultations between the university and tribes, including those that claim the Bay Area as their ancestral lands but are not recognized by the federal government, the university said.”

Ukrainska Pravda: Ukraine’s Territorial Defence Forces create new unit to inspect cultural monuments in combat areas

Ukrainska Pravda: Ukraine’s Territorial Defence Forces create new unit to inspect cultural monuments in combat areas. “The press service for Ukraine’s Territorial Defence Forces (part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine) has reported that a new unit comprising both military personnel and civilians has been created to take care of the preservation of cultural heritage as part of a pilot project.”