Mashable: 4 podcasts to teach kids about history, identity, and current events . “As your child heads back to school, you may be looking for appropriate ways to bolster the education they’re getting in the classroom. But how do you determine what’s suitable for their grade level but also inclusive and entertaining enough that they won’t be bored to tears? Try podcasts.” It’s only four, but they’re thoroughly described and I want to listen to them now.
International Business Times Singapore: NTU scientist develops digital tool to study ancient traditional medicines all over the world. “In collaboration with the Research Centre for Digital Humanities at the National Taiwan University and recently NTU’s Office of Information, Knowledge and Library Services, Assistant Professor Michael Stanley-Baker designed the digital tools platform DocuSky. This tool was designed to track medical products derived from animals, plants and minerals across different genres of texts—in particular, the digitised Buddhist and Daoist canons, as well as early medical literature.”
History News Network: JSTOR Interview Archive Help Preserve History. “The site is a fully-functioning prototype built by JSTOR Labs, a team at the digital library JSTOR that builds experimental tools for research and teaching. At this point, it contains the source interviews from a single documentary; enough, we think, to convey the concept and useful if you happen to be teaching or researching this specific topic. Our aim in releasing this prototype is to gauge interest in the idea.”
FamilySearch: See Historical Events Your Ancestors Lived Through and More — FamilySearch Update. “I recently read my grandfather’s account of visiting his first air show in 1912. He described seeing his first ‘airship’ and the excitement he felt watching a prominent aviator perform an aerial stunt. Reading about his experience reminded me of his enthusiasm when he watched men land on the moon 57 years later. Do you know what historical events your relatives lived through? FamilySearch can help you find out!”
National Library of Scotland: 1980s retrospective website goes live. “Themes running through the website range from international relations, to popular culture and society. Further content will be added in each of the themes throughout the year.”
KUNC: Citizen Historians Hunt Down Rare Postcards, Pieces Of Colorado’s Past. “When John Meissner strolled into Greeley antique shop Lincoln Park Emporium recently, it didn’t take long for a display of postcards near the counter to catch his eye. ‘These are amazing because you never — see this is like, new “old” stock,’ Meissner said, flipping through the rack. ‘So they’re perfect.’ The cards, placed next to some boxes of candy, depict a variety of Colorado tourist spots. They’re all from Denver’s Sanborn Souvenir Company. The cost? 25 cents apiece.”
Forbes: Could AI Create A Super Wikipedia From All Of Recorded History?. “What might it look like to use machines to fill in the gaps in our history? Visualizing 200 years of human history through the eyes of the English language edition of Wikipedia reminds us how much of the interdependence and connectivity among global events is missing the further back through history we look. In Wikipedia’s telling of history, events become more and more detached and disconnected the further back one goes, transitioning from a collection of largely isolated occurrences 200 years ago to a globalized world today in which almost everything is connected to everything else. This reflects the changing nature of how we record our history, but could AI help?”