"Enchanting the Desert is a born-digital, peer-reviewed, book-length project that offers spatial analysis and historical interpretation of the 40 landscape photographs included in Henry Peabody’s circa 1905 slideshow of the Grand Canyon."
Discusses "... the recent flourishing of interest in materiality — both the objects themselves (books, relics, inventories) and what their object-ness means (in terms of religion, economics, gender) – and theories of materiality from across the social sciences."
" ... historical analyses can reveal how conservation
problems and solutions have been framed over time by competing scientific, political, cultural, and other groups (e.g., Davis 2007). It can show why particular approaches were favored and how success has been evaluated. This allows the questioning of dominant narratives and the reconsideration of sidelined perspectives (e.g., Pyne 2010). Historical analyses reveal the conjunctions of environmental and societal factors that cause unintended consequences to flow from interventions based on sound scientific generalizations."
"Citation, the essential scholarly building block, requires some measure of fixity, a version of record. Open access requirements to deposit “accepted manuscripts” that have not yet been through the editorial and production processes have already been called out for creating too many confusing (and uncitable) versions of scholarship. Citation, the essential scholarly building block, requires some measure of fixity, a version of record. Open access requirements to deposit “accepted manuscripts” that have not yet been through the editorial and production processes have already been called out for creating too many confusing (and uncitable) versions of scholarship.
Monica Morrison's insight:
A challenge of the digital age: what happens if a critical insight disappears because of subsequent revisions?
Water & Heritage … tells the story of water heritage in all its diversity. It reveals the technical ingenuity that water heritage has always inspired, and it presents the challenges that this heritage faces, along with possible solutions. Reflecting the depth of cooperation between UNESCO and ICOMOS, this book was launched … as a showcase of cooperation to increase dialogue on water heritage. – Irina Bokova (Director-General of UNESCO) Water is vital for life, and its availability…
Monica Morrison's insight:
New book that reflects an increasing interest in traditional knowledge as part of the strategy mix for climate change adaptation.
"The pathways by which materials comprising the scholarly record are created, managed, and consumed are changing in a variety of ways, with traditional stakeholders taking on new roles, and new stakeholders taking on traditional roles. The scholarly communication “supply chain” is evolving in concert with the scholarly record itself."
OCLC is always leading stimulating discussions about how to get the most from tracking publications. Interesting to think about extended peer review in this context.
In February, Vint Cerf – Internet pioneer and current Vice President at Google – warned of an upcoming Digital Dark Age. Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose, Cerf cautioned that we may be facing a “forgotten century” as important …
The publication of books and periodicals are key locations for visualizing knowledge about the natural world. The Biodiversity Heritage Library has digitized and catalogued millions of pages of printed text between the 1400's and today related to the investigation of the natural world. Illustrations are a large part of these printed pages, and we need your to help identify, classify and correlate them. The data you create by tagging illustrations and adding artist and engraver information will have a direct impact on the research of historians who are trying to figure out why, how often, and who made images depicting a whole range of natural sciences in the Victorian period.
‘Science Gossip’ is born from a collaboration between an Arts and Humanities Research Council project in the UK, called ‘Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries’ (ConSciCom) and the Missouri Botanical Garden who are providing content from the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL).
The ConSciCom project is investigating the role of naturalists and ‘amature’ science enthusiasts in the making and communication of science in both the Victorian period and today. Historians at the Universities of Leicester and Oxford are investigating the particular roles of the periodical press in the nineteenth century as an arena in which citizen scientists of the past participated in scientific research. Periodicals and books of the Victorian era were heavily illustrated, but little is know about who made the illustrations and how they ended up in print. The data you create by tagging illustrations and adding artist and engraver information will have a direct impact on the research of historians who are trying to figure out why, how often, and who made images depicting a whole range of natural sciences in the Victorian period."
As all good Monty Python fans know, water technologies feature large in the legacy of benefits left by Roman civilisation. But while aqueducts, sewers and baths retain an obvious presence in the landscape…
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