Archive for 2005

CHNM named among “The Best of the Humanities on the Web” by NEH

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

The Center for History and New Media has been nominated for inclusion in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ EDSITEment: The Best of the Humanities on the Web project as one of the best online resources for education in the humanities. A peer review panel composed of educators and administrators in education organizations and higher education institutions reviewed the site and determined that CHNM met the EDSITEment criteria for intellectual quality, content, design, and most importantly, classroom impact.

EDSITEment is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council of the Great City Schools, MarcoPolo Foundation and the National Trust for the Humanities. EDSITEment provides resources for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in subjects such as literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

Firefox Scholar in Chronicle of Higher Education

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Featured in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education is CHNM’s latest software development project, “Firefox Scholar.” Due for beta release in Summer 2006, Firefox Scholar will help teachers, students, and scholars organize and cite materials they have found online. Comprised of a set of browser extensions, Firefox Scholar will allow researchers to recognize and capture metadata from online objects; collect documents, images, and citations from the web; and allow those materials to be sorted, annotated, and searched–all directly within their web browser window. Like the Firefox browser itself, Firefox Scholar will be open and extensible, allowing others who are building digital tools for researchers to expand on the platform.

Firefox Scholar is one of a growing suite of free, easy-to-use, open source tools available from CHNM.

Cohen and Rosenzweig on Truth, Lies, and the Web

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Historians have generally taken a dim view of the state of knowledge on the Web, pointing to the many inaccuracies on Web pages written by amateurs. In a new article in First Monday, CHNM Director of Research Projects, Dan Cohen and CHNM Director, Roy Rosenzweig assess this conventional wisdom with the help of CHNM’s innovative H-Bot automated historical fact finder. Adopting mathematical and computational perspectives alien to historians–but not to computer scientists–Cohen and Rosenzweig show that while the Web may include many inaccuracies, when assessed as a whole through statistical means, it is actually extremely accurate. Moreover, Cohen and Rosenzweig’s mathematical methods suggest new techniques for historical research and new approaches to teaching history in an age in which an increasingly significant portion of the past has been digitized.

Take a fresh look at the History Web, this week at CHNM.

CHNM “Blogosphere”

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

The Center for History and New Media has always been on the cutting edge of technology and scholarship, and today a new resource joins the already extensive CHNM site: the CHNM blogosphere. Visit us to read CHNM faculty and staff member perspectives on trends in digital history and traditional historical scholarship.

Nate Agrin’s web tech / random topic blog explores current events and how the world is affected by information sharing. See also Nate’s open code notebook at quirks.exposured.

Sheila Brennan looks at the online museum world and history resources, with detours into discussions about life in Texas and dissertation work.

Jeremy Boggs post thoughts houghts on how historians can use the electronic form as a tool for academic and educational expression.

Dan Cohen covers the digital humanities, the world of Google and search technologies, and programming and software for academics.

Josh Greenberg’s blog Epistemographer includes his thoughts on new web technologies, science and technology studies, and related topics.

Stephanie Hurter explores topics related to the history of print and public expression and how technology and new media affected (and continue to affect) these things.

Mills Kelly maintains a blog devoted to the teaching and learning of history online.

Sharon Leon posting cover history, religion, science (more…)

Leon awarded Stanley Jackson Prize

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

The Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences named Sharon Leon, Associate Director of Education Projects at CHNM, as the winner of the third annual Stanley Jackson award for her paper, “Hopelessly Entangled in Nordic Pre-suppositions’: Catholic Participation in the American Eugenics Society in the 1920s.” (59:1, January 2004).”

The Jackson Prize was created in the honor of Dr. Stanley W. Jackson (1920-2000). Dr. Jackson was a former editor of the journal, president of the American Association for the History of Medicine, and a distinguished professor of psychiatry and medical history at Yale Medical School. he Jackson Prize is given for a paper published in the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. The prize of $500 is awarded yearly by a committee appointed by the editor for the best paper that appeared in the journal in the previous 3 years.

Click here to read the article.

CHNM’s Bracero History Project in the News

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

The El Paso Times and Denton Record-Chronicle reported this week about CHNM’s Bracero History Project, a joint effort with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Institute of Oral History at the University of Texas at El Paso. The Bracero History Project seeks to establish a new model for museum and cultural institution collaboration, creating a nationwide network to collect the oral histories and mementos of braceros, Mexican guest workers brought to the United States for agricultural labor between 1942-1964. Among the project’s intended outcomes are a comprehensive online archive of Bracero history and a traveling exhibit that will provide insight into the history of work, immigration, and race relations during this period.

Click on the links to read the articles: El Paso Times, Denton Record-Chronicle

Google Print & Mass Digitization Projects: DC Tech & Humanities Forum to be held on 11/28/05

Friday, November 11th, 2005

This fall’s Washington DC Area Forum on Technology and the Humanities will focus on “Massive Digitization Programs and Their Long-Term Implications: Google Print, the Open Content Alliance, and Related Developments.”

Our panelists are Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information, and attorney Jonathan Band.

Clifford Lynch has been the Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and Educause, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information Management and Systems.

Jonathan Band is a Washington-based attorney who helps shape the laws governing intellectual property and the Internet through a combination of legislative and appellate advocacy. He has represented library and technology clients with respect to the drafting of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), database protection legislation, and other statutes relating to copyrights, spam, cybersecurity, and indecency. He received his (more…)

Guide to Digital History Published by CHNM Staff Members

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

The University of Pennsylvannia Press has just published Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web by Daniel J. Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig. Cohen is Director of Research Projects at the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) and Rosenzweig is Director and founder of CHNM. The book can be purchased online from Amazon but is also available for free on the CHNM website.

The book provides a plainspoken and thorough introduction to the web for historians – teachers and students, archivists and museum curators, professors as well as amateur enthusiasts – who wish to produce online historical work, or to build upon and improve the projects they have already started in this important new medium. It begins with an overview of the different genres of history websites, surveying a range of digital history work that has been created since the beginning of the web. The book then takes the reader step-by-step through planning a project, understanding the technologies involved and how to choose the appropriate ones, designing a site that is both easy-to-use and scholarly, digitizing materials in a way that makes them web-friendly while preserving their historical integrity, and how to reach and respond (more…)

Department of Education awards Loudoun County Public Schools and CHNM new Teaching American History Grant

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

The Department of Education awarded CHNM another Teaching American History grant in partnership with Loudoun County Public Schools. Loudoun County is now one of the nine county school systems, including Alexandria City, Fauquier, Fairfax, Clarke, Culpeper, Frederick, Manassas City, Orange, and Winchester, that CHNM works with to strengthen teachers content knowledge in Virginia and U.S. history and skills in teaching history. The grant, serving 150 teachers and 44,000 students in Loudoun, provides instruction divided into two cohorts. The first includes workshops, summer learning institutes and lectures by prominent historians focused on Virginia history as U.S. history, including Native American life in the Chesapeake; the legacy of George Washington; and slavery and reconstruction, including the Civil War and post-Civil War life. The second cohort, open to teachers in all grades as well as English as Second Language (ESL) and special education teachers, will feature a 2-day summer workshop and five school year workshops.

Completed World History Sources Project

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

This summer CHNM completed the NEH-funded World History Sources, a website focused on the learning and teaching of world history with primary sources. The site features: Finding World History, a guide to the 200 best online primary source archives in world history; Unpacking Evidence, eight guides to analyzing primary sources as part of world history; Analyzing Documents, eight multimedia models of scholars analyzing primary sources, designed to make the work of historians experienced in world history sources more visible; and Teaching Sources, case studies in which experienced classroom teachers offer a look “behind the scenes” into planning and teaching primary sources in world history. We plan to continue our work in world history, refining and broadening the site’s content and accessibility. Visit the site here:

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