First up, I had a short post published on the Environment and Society Portal, a site created by the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, which aims to make digital multimedia in the environmental humanities freely and openly accessible to academic communities and the public. My piece, an overview of the 1953 North Sea floods, was part of their Arcadia series on the site, which offer illustrated articles on subjects relating to both nature and human society.
|A screen shot of the Environment & Society Portal's interactive map|
Whilst this series of encyclopedia-like articles are an extremely useful resource, it is another feature of the portal that really interests me. All content on the portal is linked to a world map and a time-line so that users can search across subjects both spatially and temporally. So, whilst some of the content on the portal may be similar to Wikipedia, the ability for a user to search a theme they are interested in (say floods) by region and date means one can begin to understand how such events relate to each other, and influence society much more intuitively than on the aforementioned site.
Finally, I have recently begun chairing a Social Media Group that is working on behalf of the organising committee of the International Congress for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. The group aims to ensure that the conference, which is to be held in July in Manchester with participants from over 60 countries, not only engages with attendees across several online platforms but also connects with a wider audience interested in the history of science, technology, and medicine. We have a blog due to go live in May, and several other ideas in the pipeline. If you have any ideas, content, or other related materials you would like the group to consider please get in touch.
As usual any comments about the post, or reader's experiences with the digital methods discussed are welcomed below!