Technology has created an abundance of new mediums for storing historical documents. Challenges arise for the historian over issues of organization and accessibility. Historians and the interpretation of history are still crucial in a world ruled by digital memory.
I was interviewed last week for an environmental history podcast. I was pretty excited as I listen of all kinds of podcasts including a number of history podcasts. While there are not nearly enough high quality history podcasts, there are some really good general podcasts that deal with history on a regular basis. Two of my favorite are BBC Radio… Read more »
This is a blog post looking at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University, introducing readers to the resources available there.
By Adam Crymble Ever since burglars learned to perform effective aerial assaults, society has been in a downward spiral (see photo). It’s unsettling to know that someone can fly in, sneak down the chimney and make off with all your hard-earned space credits. Good thing at 122 years old, you’re now considered middle aged and have some time to recoup… Read more »
ActiveHistory.ca is featured in an internet video on York University’s history department. Entitled “Making History Relevant”, the video premiered at the recent American Historical Association conference in San Diego. Click here to view the video, located at the bottom of the right hand sidebar of the website in the “New Featured Films” section. In the video, Jonathan Edmondson, chair of… Read more »
Old maps are useful sources for just about anyone interested in history. Maps easily convey change over time, as they show the expansion of cities, regions, or countries. They also provide useful context to help understand where historical events took place. Thankfully, historical maps are increasingly accessible online for those of you unable to spend days in the map library… Read more »
By Adam Crymble As I’m writing, there are only a few hours left in 2009. Last year marked the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec. This year, again an important Quebec anniversary came and went, but most English speaking Canadians probably didn’t even notice: the 250th anniversary of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham during which General Wolfe… Read more »
An article in January 2nd’s Globe and Mail discussed various web tools that universities are using to ‘open the gates of the ivory tower.’ In her article, Elizabeth Church discussed a new search engine launched by Memorial University named Yaffle, which allows community members to search and uncover various Memorial research projects, opportunities for involvement, and learn who is working… Read more »
Politicians from around the world are meeting this week in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference, in order to discuss global warming and propose policies to combat this social and environmental concern. Because global warming revolves around the concept of change over time, it is a subject to which historians can make a valuable contribution. There are at least… Read more »
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