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Archive for May, 2011

Today’s Document and Treasures

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Today’s Document is a free mobile app available in the Android marketplace and Apple iTunes Store. It is an interactive gallery that allows you to explore the holdings of the US National Archives through a collection of 365 documents and photographs. Tap the “info” icon to read background information on the document and link to related websites.  You can share any of the documents via email, Facebook and Twitter.

Treasures  is a British Library app highlighting over 100 documents, including literary, historical, music-related and scientific items – alongside illuminated manuscripts and sacred texts. There are audio excerpts and nearly 50 WiFi-served videos.  See BL’s promotional YouTube video.  There is a charge for Treasures. It is available across multiple mobile platforms: iPhone, Android and, in an HD version, the iPad.

Research soundbites: crime and justice

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

The Institute for Research & Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice (SCCJR) have produced a number of short ‘research soundbites’ videos

The videos are based on recent or forthcoming research, and a series of crime and justice discussion recordings which capture academics, policy makers and practitioners talking about key issues in crime and justice in Scotland. Those currently featured are:

  • Andy Atchison  on his book  ‘Making the transition: international intervention, state-building and criminal justice reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina’.
  • Bill Munro talking about issues around criminal justice and utopia
  • Mary Munro talking about her new book ,  ‘Criminal justice in Scotland’ (co-edited with Hazel Croall and Gerry Mooney)
  • Sarah MacQueen talking about a report she co-authored with Ben Bradford about Diversion from Prosecution

Yale University Announces Digital Image Archive

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Yale University have announced a new open access policy to online images of millions of objects housed in Yale’s museums, archives, and libraries . Yale is the first Ivy League university to make its collections accessible in this fashion, and already more than 250,000 images are available through a newly developed collective catalog.

The goal of the new policy is to make high quality digital images of Yale’s vast cultural heritage collections in the public domain openly and freely available.

Jackie Clarke Library and Archive

Friday, May 13th, 2011

The Jackie Clarke Library and Archive in Ballina is a collection of primary historical materials gathered together by Jackie Clarke (1927-2000). It contains over 100,000 items: manuscripts, photographs, legal papers, pamphlets, hand-bills, film, political autograph books, letters, cartoons, maps and proclamations. For a history of the Library see the Collection Booklet. The Library is currently closed to the public but for further information contact the Library’s curator. The Curator has placed a video about the Collection on You Tube.

Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

This database is maintained by the University of California, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. It is a work in progress. Basic information about a manuscript is fully searchable and users can browse through the complete contents of the database. If you search by language and choose, for example, Irish there is currently information on 152 mss with links to each of them. This is a useful one-stop-shop index. Another useful link is Medieval manuscripts on the Web

New guide to managing and sharing data

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

The UK Data Archive has revised and expanded its popular and highly cited Managing and Sharing Data: best practice for researchers, first published in 2009.

The new third edition covers:

  • why and how to share research data
  • data management planning and costing
  • documenting data
  • formatting data
  • storing data
  • ethics and consent issues
  • data copyright
  • data management strategies for large investments

These are augmented with 19 case studies that demonstrate best practice examples, and a checklist to guide data management planning. The guide can be downloaded here.

Royal College of Art Launches Major New Online Resource

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

The Royal College of Art has launched two major new online resources of digitised images.  Both collections will make significant works of art freely available to the public for the first time.  The Record of Student Work is a rare collection of over 30,000 slides of early student work by British artists such as David Hockney  and Tracey Emin.  In addition, over a thousand works from the Royal College of Art Collection have also been digitised.  
The collections have been made available through a new digitisation project accessible through the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).  Neil Parkinson, Special Collections Manager, stated: “The College believes in making the images available as widely as possible on a non-commercial basis for the purposes of learning, teaching and research”.  JISC Digital Media,  contribute to the VADS project, and can provide advice and support on using these new resources to support learning.

ARC Ranked Journal list

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

The Australian Research Council Ranked Journal list,  developed as part of the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Initiative, contains over 20,000 journal titles.   Each journal has a single quality rating (or is not ranked if it commenced publication in 2008) and is assigned to one or more disciplines.

The list is currently being reviewed in preparation for the 2012 ERA process. The 2012 list is scheduled to be released in September 2011.

If you are interested in journal rankings, including impact factors, you may also find our earlier post on the Journal Citation Reports useful.

Full text nineteenth century American periodicals

Monday, May 9th, 2011

In collaboration with University of Michigan and Cornell University, Library of Congress has digitised twenty-three nineteenth century American periodicals.  “These provide additional perspectives on themes and personalities featured in other American Memory collections

Blues and Gospel Music

Friday, May 6th, 2011

For its American Memory Collection Library of Congress has digitised Fort Valley State Music festivals, 1938-1943. You can search by keyword, performer or manuscript and you can also listen to over 100 audio files. The recordings document what may be the first folk festival organized entirely by and for African Americans.