Recently developed digital technologies enable the elaboration of new insights and research strategies to learn more about the Atlantic slave trade and its aftermath. At least three major digital initiatives have developed over the last several decades for the study of the history of the Atlantic trade.
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has been developed by international teams of experts. It is hosted now by Emory University and many of its works are accessible online through its website SlaveVoyages.Org.
Another major digital source for the history of Africa both during the slave trade and well afterwards is the online “Free Cartographic Library” – Afriterra.
The African Historical Graphics Archive is an additional resource focused upon digitizing primary source material including maps, prints, views, published sketches and early colonial photographs of Africa.
All of these resources deploy numerous forms of digital technology to enhance the study of African, American and trans-Atlantic history.
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The History Design Studio (HDS) is part of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.
It is a workshop for new ideas in multimedia history. Joining a commitment to the professional practice of history with an experimental approach to form and presentation, the HDS is a creative space where students and scholars can design new modes of historical storytelling. We express historians’ core values through the innovative methods of artisanship and craft. Extensive use of primary sources, keen historiographical awareness, attention to change over time, and an overarching respect for evidence guide our projects in databasing, storyboarding, audiovisual narration, performance, cartography, and software development. By stretching the canvas of historical scholarship, studio participants make lasting contributions to the understanding of the past and its many meanings.
“And it’s melting!” according to NASA. The deep ocean beneath Greenland is fueled by currents from the subtropics. This warm and salty water is melting the ice from the bottom up and much faster than the surface water. A new NASA project named Ocean Melting Glaciers (OMG) will be gathering more data on the ice melt over the next 5 years.
As sea level rises higher over the next 15 to 30 years, tidal flooding is expected to occur more often, cause more disruption, and even render some areas unusable — all within the time frame of a typical home mortgage. Learn more at http://www.ucsusa.org/encroachingtides
Thank you to Bjorn Grigholm, animation; Kristina Dahl, data analysis; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Tides and Currents, tide gauge data; and Climate Central Surging Seas Risk Finder, local sea level projections.
Image credits: Island Gazette Newspaper, Willard Killough III; Puddleduck Photo, Tim Hayes ; Virginian Pilot, Stephen M. Katz; and West 12th Block Road Association, Peter Mahoun.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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