Daily Archives: May 12, 2019

History in the Digital Age: New Technologies, New Data, New Insights, New Questions | EV & N – 313 – CCTV



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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.

For related material about an exhibit of selected historical material see:


History in the Digital Age Significantly Advanced by the History Design Studio (HDS)

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.

The HDS Spring Semester exhibit will be on display in the Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery of Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, starting 17 May 2019.



Story of an iPhone: Analytics in Supply Chain Decisions

Walmart Supply Chain

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Living – Trailer

If Iran does something near Strait of Hormuz, reaction will be ‘cataclysmic’: Expert

Pilger: Why are we threatening Iran? – YouTube

Paris tourist trap drowned in fake blood by environmental activists

If Greenland’s Ice Melts, Sea Levels Rise 23 Feet | Video


Published on Sep 4, 2015

“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.

Credit: NASA

Tidal Flooding and Sea Level Rise: The Growing Impacts of Global Warming

Union of Concerned Scientists
Published on Nov 6, 2014

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.