The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

Recently Barbara Lewis posted a very informative blog post about the Digital Dead Sea Scrolls on the blog Latest Dialogs. Check it out!

Vote Now and Help the USF Libraries Celebrate the Public Domain!

See the article, “Help Us Celebrate the Public Domain” in Digital Dialogs posted by Copyright and Intellectual Property Librarian LeEtta Schmidt about the upcoming celebration of the public domain in January 2019 and vote for what will be digitized and made available in our online collections. This post asks that you choose your favorite five titles on the poll. Responses will be gathered until August 1, 2018.

Congratulations, Matt!

Director of Special Collections, Matt Knight, presented two papers in Cork, Ireland, “Shifting Environments in the Archives: Creating an Online Dion Boucicault Collection at the University of South Florida,” and “D’éireannaighibh an Baile Móir Seo: The Irish Language Department in the Monitor of San Francisco, 1888-1893.”

What Happens When Science Just Disappears?

Sarah Scoles published this article in Wired about the loss of scientific studies when a journal, The Online Journal of Current Clinical Trials, back in the early 1990’s was sold to Taylor & Francis. When the journal stopped publishing, all the archives disappeared, including that of the former editor, Kay Dickersin. Her paper, along with 80 others was not preserved or archived. This article describes how Portico and some crowd-sourcing has restored about 50 publications, many of which are still valid and valuable today. Image credit.

Gun Violence Archive

Gun Violence Archive via kwout The mission of the Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is to offer free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the U.S. This non-profit corporation formed in 2013 collects and checks for accuracy information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then posts and disseminates it.

Sanborn Maps from the Library of Congress

Library of Congress now offers about 3, 500 Sanborn maps from 15 states. Maps can be downloaded as GIF (thumbnail), JPEG, JPEG2000 and TIFF images. The collection offers detailed historical information about buildings and urban areas. The project is expected to be completed by 2020.

Amistad Research Center Digital Projects

The Amistad Research Center from Tulane University includes a dozen or so digital projects that focus on America’s ethnic and racial history, the African diaspora, human relations and civil rights. The digital collection includes over 3,000 digital objects: photographs from 1887-1952 of the American Missionary Association illustrating the lives of Americans and various ethnic groups …

British Library’s Collection of Images on Flickr

The British Library’s collection of over a million copyright-free images on Flickr come from books in the collection dating back from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. They are arranged into themed groups like book covers, cycling, comic art, and other general categories. A collection of Highlights allows users to browse.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Now Online Through Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000. The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are a valuable resource for genealogists, historians, urban planners, teachers or …

Beneath the Horizon

After receiving the final website files Richard Bernardy, Technology & Systems Analyst, launched the visually stunning website Beneath the Horizon. The website examines the effects of oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico: The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the northern Gulf and the lesser known 1979 Ixtoc oil spill in the southern Gulf. By …