Friday, May 28, 2010

DNA Animations


The Welcome Trust provides a number of freely downloadable animations on genomes, DNA, and sequencing.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/2wmozou
Access: Free

Jane Austen Manuscripts

Jane Austen’s fiction manuscripts represent every stage of her writing career and include working drafts, fair copies, and handwritten publications for private circulation. The manuscripts were held in a single collection until 1845, when, at her sister Cassandra’s death, they were dispersed among family members, with a second major dispersal to public institutions and private collections in the 1920s.
These manuscripts have now been brought back together digitally. The digital edition will include in the first instance all Jane Austen’s known fiction manuscripts and any ancillary materials held with them.
Link: http://www.janeausten.ac.uk/index.html
Access: Free

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Modernist Journals


The Modernist Journals Project from Brown and Tulsa Universities "is a major resource for the study of modernism in the English-speaking world, with periodical literature as its central concern. Our primary mission is to produce digital editions of culturally significant magazines from around the early 20th century and make them freely available to the public on our website". Digitised journals include Blast, Coterie, Blue Review, English Review, The Owl, and many more.
Link: http://dl.lib.brown.edu/mjp/
Access: Free

Fashion's Free Culture

Johanna Blakley's talk on how creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture on TED.com

Norwegian Fjords


The County Archives in Sogn og Fjordane works to preserve the heritage of their Norwegian community. They have just uploaded a series of lantern slide images of the fjords of Norway onto Flickr Commons. The collection consists of slides produced by at least two British photographers – professional photographer Samuel J. Beckett and amateur photographer P. Heywood Hadfield.
Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fylkesarkiv/sets/72157619452763979/
Access: Free

Honore Daumier

HonorĂ© Daumier (February 26, 1808 – February 10, 1879) was a French printmaker, caricaturist, painter, and sculptor, whose many works offer commentary on social and political life in France in the 19th century. This digital collection maintained by the Brandeis Institutional Repository – Home University Archives & Special Collections offers over 3,800 items. They include digital images of cartoons and satirical prints. Topics covered include French politics, women’s rights and suffrage, social economic and political life in 19th century Paris.
Link: http://ir.brandeis.edu/handle/10192/5
Access: Free

Atlas of Anatomy


Images from 'An Atlas of Anatomy'by Florence Fenwick Miller, 1879, over at Bibliodyssey.
Link: http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2010/05/atlas-of-anatomy.html
Access: Free

IT Technician or Cultural Commentator? You Decide


Our IT Technician Andrew has been waxing lyrical about the works of Roald Dahl recently, over on the Build and Destroy blog.
Link: http://buildanddestroy.com/blog/?p=2220
Access: Free

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Silent Animation

This website gives online access to the UCLA archive of animations from the silent era of cinema. At May 2010, 11 vintage films from 1900 to 1928 are freely available for online viewing. Also available are commentaries from the preservationists involved, film notes, and information on the historical context. A Study Guide is available for download in PDF format. Films are also available for download in either MPEG2 or MP4 format.
Link: http://animation.library.ucla.edu/
Access: Free

Digital Comic Museum


Digital Comic Museum is a very large website archive of U.S. comic books known to be in the public domain. As such, it includes a wealth of high-quality scans of vintage comics, freely available for reading. Most comics are from the 1940s and 1950s. Some newspaper comic strips are also included. Files are in the standard CBR (Comic Book Reader) format, for which Comical is possibly the best free viewer. Free registration is required to download the comics, but not to search the website. The Digital Comic Museum will be a valuable resource for those researching the history of comics in the U.S., as well as for those interested in the dynamic hand-made typography of the medium, the depiction of stereotypes during the 20th century, and the ways that the standards and politics of the time were presented to children.
Link: http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/
Access: Free

AdViews


AdViews: a digital archive of vintage television commercials' is an online collection from Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. The archive contains "thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s ... created or collected by the ad agency Benton & Bowles or its successor, D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles". Videos can be browsed or searched, and viewed via iTunes service. The archive seems especially rich in animated U.S. adverts from the 1950s and 1960s. It will be useful for those interested in branding, product design, post-war typography, mass media depictions of stereotypes, commercial animation, and the history of advertising in the USA.
Link: http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adviews/
Access: Free

Geotaggers' World Atlas


Photographer Eric Fischer has been using data visualization in his Flickr set, The Geotaggers’ World Atlas. Using geo-tagging tools, his imagination and some Perl scripts, Eric is plotting Flickr photos on a map and highlighting 50 major cities in a vector view. The different colors represent different modes of transportation: Black is walking (less than 7mph), Red is bicycling or equivalent speed (less than 19mph), Blue is motor vehicles on normal roads (less than 43mph); Green is freeways or rapid transit.
Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/walkingsf/sets/72157623971287575/
Access: Free

Guide to Fonts

JISC Digital Media has just released anintroductory guide to fonts, which shows you where you can find legitimate free fonts and defines some of the terminology used in typography. It is aimed at readers with little or no prior typographic knowledge who are interested in using fonts other than those supplied with their computer. It also looks at the recent developments in the use of non-standard fonts on the web.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/3x2ybup
Access: Free

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Imperial War Museum Collections

You can now search the collections of the Imperial War Museum online, from artworks, to documents, film, photographs, books, sound and images.
Link: http://www.iwmcollections.org.uk/
Access: Free

Monday, May 17, 2010

Visualizing Cultures

Visualizing Cultures was launched at MIT in 2002 to explore the potential of the Web for developing innovative image-driven scholarship and learning. The VC mission is to use new technology and hitherto largely inaccessible visual materials to reconstruct the past as people of the time visualized the world (or imagined it to be).
Topical units to date focus on Japan in the modern world and early-modern China. The thrust of these explorations extends beyond Asia per se, however, to address "culture" in much broader ways—cultures of modernization, war and peace, consumerism, images of "Self" and "Others," and so on.
Link: http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/home/index.html
Access: Free

RSA Talks

The Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts has made available a huge number of downloadable videos and podcasts on its website. Particular subject areas include sociology, politics, economics, design and environment.
Link: http://www.thersa.org/events/vision
Link: http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events
Access: Free

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Blog Launch: Treasures of GSA Library


We've just launched a new dedicated blog for our Special and Rare Books Collections, called Treasures of GSA Library. We'll be posting regularly with features and showcases on some of the gems, both expected and unexpected, in the Glasgow School of Art Library, along with images and histories.
The Special and Rare Books Collections comprise about 700 titles on all aspects of art, design and architecture. Most titles are held in the Mackintosh Library, with access by appointment with the Librarians.
Link: http://gsatreasures.blogspot.com