Georgia Tech: New Computing Approach May Save At-Risk Carnival Costume Making Tradition. “Wire-bending has been a traditional method of constructing costumes for the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival since the 1930s, but Vernelle A.A. Noel, a joint professor with the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing and School of Architecture in the College of Design, has been conducting research on this at-risk practice.”
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian: Foundation launched to preserve legacies of Indian indentureship. “The Girmitya Foundation, which is a non-governmental organisation registered in T&T, was officially launched last week Sunday at The Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Cultural Cooperation. Founder Nutan Ragoobir stated that Indian immigrants were made to sign a Girmit (agreement) as part of their bonding to hard labour and as such were called Girmityas. Ragoobir stated that the foundation was able to successfully achieve its first goal of creating and implementing a digital library dedicated to Indian history—Girmitya Archives.” If “Girmitya” sounds a little familiar, it’s because on May 15th I indexed an article about Girmityas arriving in Fiji.
University of Texas at Austin: Benson Celebrates Centennial with Two New Online Exhibitions. “Two new online exhibits expand on this year’s celebration of the centennial of the Benson Latin American Collection. A new online exhibition, A New Spain, 1521–1821, is curated by LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator Albert A. Palacios…. Celebrating Eric Williams, curated by Black Diaspora Archivist Rachel Winston, is a retrospective on the intellectual and political life of the longtime prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, who was also visionary the leader of the country’s independence movement.”
Loop Trinidad and Tobago: Digital history: Tobago archives return to Scarborough Library. “Many of Tobago’s historical records are once again accessible to the public. Tobago’s archives were formally reopened on June 26 at Scarborough Library Facility.”
Loop TT: FilmTT launches digital tools to improve film production. “The Ministry of Trade and Industry, along with the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company Limited (FilmTT), hosted a press conference on Tuesday to launch a series of tools to improve the film production process in Trinidad and Tobago: Moviesite, Production Directory, Production Guide, Locations Database, and an updated website.”
Trinidad and Tobago has gotten a digital law library. “A MASSIVE undertaking — conducted over four years and involving the scanning of more than 500,000 pages of Parliament acts, ordinances and legal notices dating as far back as 1838 – culminates today with the planned activation of a new digital legislative library.”