Google Blog: Culture needs us, as much as we need culture

Google Blog: Culture needs us, as much as we need culture. “On the occasion of World Heritage Day, UNESCO, Google Arts & Culture and our international partners are joining forces to promote access to and education around cultural and natural heritage through a new online resource, Explore UNESCO World Heritage. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a virtual globetrotting tour of cultural landmarks and outstanding places of natural beauty, as well as to access accurate and reliable information on sites of outstanding universal value.”

Net Nebraska: Do ‘Tight’ Cultures Fare Better In The Pandemic Than ‘Loose’ Cultures?

Net Nebraska: Do ‘Tight’ Cultures Fare Better In The Pandemic Than ‘Loose’ Cultures?. “Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that some countries have had few cases and fewer deaths per capita. The U.S. has had 152 deaths per 100,000 people, for example, versus .03 in Burundi and .04 in Taiwan. There are many reasons for these differences among countries, but a study in The Lancet Planetary Health published last month suggests that a key factor may be cultural.”

Pittsburgh City Paper: The Andy Warhol Museum showcases young voices with Gen-Z Time Capsule project

Pittsburgh City Paper: The Andy Warhol Museum showcases young voices with Gen-Z Time Capsule project. “Andy Warhol made collecting things part of his work, eventually turning the practice into Time Capsules, a project where he filled and taped up boxes with items from his daily life. Those boxes – containing an estimated 500,000 objects – are being opened and cataloged by The Andy Warhol Museum staff, giving insight to the Pittsburgh-born artist’s process and eccentricities. In honor of this project, The Warhol launched Gen-Z Time Capsule, an effort calling on young people born between 1997-2012 to submit photos of objects they believe best represent their generation’s experience.”

Museums+Heritage: V&A launches ‘world’s largest and most accessible’ cultural heritage preservation database

Museums+Heritage: V&A launches ‘world’s largest and most accessible’ cultural heritage preservation database. “Launched as part of the V&A’s ongoing Culture in Crisis programme, the Museum’s new free-to-access Culture in Crisis Portal is claimed to be the world’s largest and most accessible database of cultural heritage preservation projects.” The V&A in this case is the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Interview: UNESCO Archives Digitization Project (Ancient History Encyclopedia)

Ancient History Encyclopedia: Interview: UNESCO Archives Digitization Project. “Ancient History Encyclopedia has partnered with the UNESCO Archives, which we are very excited about. Our mission aligns very much with UNESCO, wanting to bring about peace and international understanding to the world through cultural heritage and education. We sat down with Mr. Adam Cowling, the Digitization Project Manager to talk about their project and where it is headed. What they do in their archives is absolutely fascinating.”

JTA: The Jewish Food Society wants to preserve your grandma’s recipes — before they’re lost forever

JTA: The Jewish Food Society wants to preserve your grandma’s recipes — before they’re lost forever. “Ayala Hodak usually cooks the way her mother taught her: adding a pinch of spice here or relying on her eyes — never a measuring cup! — to judge how much liquid to add. But on a recent Tuesday, she was being much more meticulous. Her reason for the precision: Hodak’s recipe was being recorded by a new nonprofit, the Jewish Food Society, which aims to be an archive of Jewish recipes from around the world.”

BBC World Service: The 85-year-old woman who wants to collect every recipe in the world

BBC World Service: The 85-year-old woman who wants to collect every recipe in the world. “Harvard Food Historian Barbara Ketcham-Wheaton is trying to collect every cookbook ever published in Europe and the U.S. in order to compile an online digital database of recipes she’s calling The Sifter. Her ultimate goal is to gather recipes from all over the world in the hope it will reveal the global patterns in cooking over time. She talks to the BBC’s Emily Thomas.” This is audio-only, to which I do not usually link, but it’s glorious, so I’m breaking my own rule.

New-to-Me: The Online New Zealand Fashion Museum

New-to-me, the online New Zealand Fashion Museum. “The online museum brings together a record of the national collection of fashion objects held both in public and private collections, as well as providing a digital home for the pop-up exhibitions and a vehicle for exclusive online exhibitions, such as the current offering, Flash Back, which features the work of 18 fashion photographers working in New Zealand between 1930-2015, showcasing the ways they have contributed to the development and articulation of a unique New Zealand identity.”

Remix, Slang and Memes: A New Collection Documents Web Culture (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: Remix, Slang and Memes: A New Collection Documents Web Culture. “The Library of Congress just announced the release of the Web Cultures Web Archive Collection, a representative sampling of websites documenting the creation and sharing of emergent cultural traditions on the web…. Archived from the web starting in 2014, the new—and growing—collection of collaborative cultural creation includes reaction GIFs (animated images, often bodies in motion, used online as responses or reactions to previous posts in a communication thread); image macros (photographic images on which a funny caption is superimposed); and memes (in this context, internet phenomena).”

Ekathimerini: The magic of Greece’s customs captured in stills

Ekathimerini (Greece): The magic of Greece’s customs captured in stills. “The pculiar website, which is in English, has two functions. To begin with, you can type in a destination you are planning to visit along with your dates and learn about customs or festivities that will be taking place in that area at that time – along with photographs of them. At the bottom of the page, moreover, you will see fresh stories that are frequently renewed and give the website a newsy feel. Each photograph comes with a caption by the photographer describing his experience.” The article headline might give you the impression that the images are all from Greece, but visiting the site I saw images from China, Brazil, India…

Business Standard (India): Government to create database of artists, art forms

Business Standard (India): Government to create database of artists, art forms. “The government’s project of creating a database of artists and art forms spread over six lakh villages in the country will begin soon, a minister said on Thursday…. The minister explained that this mission would focus on data mapping, demography building, formalising processes and bringing the cultural activities under one web-based umbrella for better results.”

We wear culture: Discover why we wear what we wear with Google Arts & Culture (Google Blog)

Google Blog: We wear culture: Discover why we wear what we wear with Google Arts & Culture. “More than 180 museums, fashion institutions, schools, archives and other organizations from the fashion hubs of New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, São Paulo and elsewhere came together to put three millennia of fashion at your fingertips. You can browse 30,000 fashion pieces: try searching for hats and sort them by color or shoes by time. In 450+ exhibits, you can find stories from the ancient Silk Road to the ferocious fashion of the British punk. Or meet icons and trendsetters like Coco Chanel, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent or Vivienne Westwood.”

PRNewswire: Hujiang EdTech Launches Online Museum Project in Copenhagen to Promote Global Cultural Exchange (PRESS RELEASE)

PRNewswire: Hujiang EdTech Launches Online Museum Project in Copenhagen to Promote Global Cultural Exchange (PRESS RELEASE). “Hujiang EdTech (‘Hujiang’), China’s leading online education company, through its interactive online teaching platform CCtalk, launched the Cultural Exchange – “Aim at the World” Museum Children’s Education Project (‘the project’) at the Frederiksborg Castle Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. This live interactive broadcast is one of Hujiang EdTech’s initiatives to link China and the rest of the world. The company intends to introduce exhibits and other content from world class museums to children worldwide through Virtual Reality (VR) technology.”

New York Times: Alan Lomax Recordings Are Digitized in a New Online Collection

New York Times: Alan Lomax Recordings Are Digitized in a New Online Collection. “Alan Lomax made it his lifelong mission to archive and share traditional music from around the world. He spent decades in the field, recording heralded artists like Muddy Waters and Woody Guthrie, as well as far more obscure musicians, from the British Isles to Haiti. He also created systems to classify this music and explore the links between cultures. Lomax died in 2002, but the organization he founded, the Association for Cultural Equity (ACE), is hoping to further his research with the Global Jukebox, a new online database.”

New (To Me at Least) Collection of Kosher Recipes (PRESS RELEASE)

Thanks to Esther S., who is always on the case, for this pointer to a new collection of kosher recipes (PRESS RELEASE). “Kosher.com simplifies your search for just the right kosher recipe – be it gluten-free, Syrian-style or low calorie, you’ll find thousands upon thousands of kosher recipes under one umbrella site. They’ve been collected, archived and digitized from your favorite cookbooks, magazines, kosher chefs and more, some that were printed long-ago to current favorites, plus original recipes exclusive to kosher.com.”