CHNM announces the launch of the new Echo Collecting Center and Tools Center, which join the Research Center and Resource Center to make Echo the most comprehensive website for collecting and presenting the history of science, technology, and industry online. The Collecting Center provides annotations and links to all the websites collecting history online and offers a Practical Guide to creating and managing online surveys. The Tools Center offers a collaborative directory of tools applicable to the practice of digital history, including CHNM’s own suite of tools that help teachers, students, and researchers to find, create, and manage digital materials.
Since 2001, Echo has used the Internet to collect and present the recent history of science, technology, and industry. As a laboratory for experimentation in this new and unperfected field, it has, among other objectives, worked to foster communication and dialogue among historians, scientists, engineers, doctors, and technologists. It also hosts free workshops and offer free consultation services to assist other historical practitioners in launching their own websites. In addition, Echo provides a centralized guide and portal for those seeking websites on the history of science and technology. This guide helps researchers find the exact information they need while also granting curious browsers a forum for exploration. Echo has been funded by two generous grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which has been a leader in using the Internet to study, document, and present the past innovatively and rigorously.