Humanities Web Portals

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Humanities Web Portals


This chapter, first, identifies many of the innovative general" humanities portals. Following the general listing is a listing of "specific" portals.

General

Starting Points on the Internet http://users.ox.ac.uk/~ctitext2/resguide2000/contents.shtml

"Starting Points on the Internet" is a Webliographic essay on digital resources in the humanities. It covers major digital libraries and archives, gateways, search engines, guides and tools, discussion lists and email, and computing organizations pertinent to research in the humanities.

Selective Bibliography for Humanities Computing www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/bib

The Selective Bibliography for Humanities Computing is somewhat dated (the last revision was in 1996), but it still offers an important historical bibliography of humanities computing resources.

Rossetti Archives Related Resources www.rossettiarchive.org/resources.html

The Rossetti Archives Related Resources is a collection of important essays and resources in humanities computing.

Major Online Text Collections www.columbia.edu/cu/Iweb/indiv/ets/offsite.language.html

Major Online Text Collections is Columbia University's well-organized and fairly comprehensive listing of online text collections freely available on the Internet.

The British Columbia International Digital Library http://bcdlib.tc.ca

The British Columbia International Digital Library is a very large Web portal listing digital library collections--by place, subject, and institution--around the world. It also provides a very useful collection of general resources on digital libraries, including information about portals, search engines, readings, and tools.

National Endowment for the Arts www.neh.gov

National Endowment for the Arts Projects www.neh.gov/projects

NEH Online Humanities Projects www. neh.gov/projects/online, html

The National Endowment for the Arts provides many types of grants for humanities-related projects in the United States. The government entity's Web portal includes a listing of many of its grant projects.

The NEH Online Humanities Projects Web site provides a listing and access to many of the digital humanities projects funded by NEH grants. (Some of these will be featured in Chapter III.)

EDSITEment "Best of the Humanities" 2003-2004 Selections http://edsitement.neh.gov/spotlight.asp?id=71

Of particular interest for this report is EDSITEment, a NEH-sponsored Web portal that features the "Best of the Humanities on the Web." Projects are divided up into Art & Culture, Literature & Language Arts, Foreign Language, and History & Social Studies. All subject categories, lesson plans, and Web site links (URLs) are available as well. (Many of these projects also will be featured in the next chapter.)

These projects feature not only innovative technologies, but are also educational in nature (geared toward K-12 students) and therefore, lesson plans, guides for teachers, and other aids add to the exploratory fun. EDSITEment also sponsors an annual selection of the "Best of the Humanities on the Web."

Public Broadcasting Service www.pbs.org

The Public Broadcasting Service, better known as PBS, offers an exploratory, innovative Web site, which features content, technology, teaching aids, and learning objects for many of the PBS television shows. For instance, the Lewis & Clark into the Unknown series allows the user to make decisions regarding going forward or backward on the trip up the Missouri River; the content is based on the actual Lewis & Clark expedition diaries. An interactive map allows the user to see what decisions he or she has made, and the expedition often ends in disaster for the user.

These types of experiences are plentiful on this Web site, which encourages the user to explore, adapt, analyze, make decisions, and interact not only with the content but also with the technology. …

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