#InnovationEconomy, #DigitalLiteracyDay, #CityofToronto; #MichelleHolland, #VickeryBowles, #TorontoPublicLibrary; #TorontoReferenceLibrary; #DigitalInnovationHubs; #RyersonUniversity, #TDSB, #OntarioScienceCentre, #STEAMLabs
Toronto, May 30 (Canadian-Media): Councillor City of Toronto's Advocate for the Innovation Economy, Michelle Holland (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), will be joined by Vickery Bowles, City Librarian at Toronto Public Library, and event partners to launch Digital Literacy Day on May 31, from 10 a.m to 11:30 a.m, at Toronto Reference Library Atrium, media reports said.
Toronto is celebrating its first Digital Literacy Day on May 31 with more than 110 free events and workshops for all ages.
Digital Literacy Day. Image credit: www2.ocadu.ca
This day is the result of collaboration of City of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library with a diverse group of more than 35 local companies and organizations to produce and host digital literacy themed events throughout the city.
A Grade 8 Toronto District School Board (TDSB) student will also speak at the launch.
Technologies from Toronto Public Library’s Digital Innovation Hubs including virtual reality and robotics demonstrations alongside 3D printers and displays from a selection of the event partners including Ryerson University, TDSB, Ontario Science Centre and STEAMLabs will be showcased in this event.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#TheNationalArchivesofUnitedKingdom; #UniversityofOldenburgGermany; #GottingenAcadSciencesandHumanities; #DrAmandaBevan; #PrizePapers;
Ottawa, May 24 (Canadian-Media): The National Archives of the United Kingdom has partnered with the University of Oldenburg in Germany in a 20-year project to digitize digitize and catalogue about 160,000 undelivered letters known as the "Prize Papers," and make them freely available, media reports said.
The National Archives of the United Kingdom. Image credit: Wikipedia
This project, launched this month, was funded by Gottingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Records for digitization are being prepared by the archivists with plans to write brief descriptions about the letters and take multiple pictures for a free online research database.
Thousands of letters from all over the world were never delivered between 1650 and 1815.
Those undelivered letters will be read by the world reportedly nearly hundreds of years later.
Enemy ships had seized about 160,000 letters in mailbags that never made it to their intended recipients when Britain was involved in a series of wars.
Dr. Amanda Bevan, head of Legal Records at the National Archives of the U.K., since 2013 had been involved with the Prize Papers.
She told ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast that reading the letters is like "eavesdropping on people from the past,” since people were writing to those they loved and missed back at home.
“It's touching, you feel as though you actually are in touch with the people who wrote them at the time,” she said.
“Heart-wrenching” stories, she were being uncovered by the archivists as many of the letters were sent during wartime.
The project is still in its early stage and about a quarter of the estimated 160,000 total letters are unorganized from poor storage over the years.
Bevan said the period between the 1770s and early 1780s has one of the worst collections of random papers.
“You get letters from the 1770s mixed up with letters from the 1780s. You’ll get French ones stored with Spanish ones … it’s clear that they’re messed up. Now we just need the time and resources to sort them out.”
The whole universe could benefit from the information the Prize Papers provide for the history of slavery, for the history of the development of the colonies, [and] for the history of consumerism, said Bevan
“This is unmediated material, it’s from the heart,” she said. “And I think that’s really unusual because these kinds of letters, had they been delivered, probably wouldn’t survive any longer because they’re written by just ordinary people.”
#LibraryofCongress; #PreservationResearchTestingDivision; #LibraryEducationalOutreachOffice
Washington/Ottawa, May 12 (Canadian-Media): Library of Congress (LOC)'s Preservation Research and Testing Division was visited on May 9 by Middle- and high-school students as part of hands-on pilot program focusing on preservation science, LOC reports said.
Library’s hyperspectral camera system is used by the students alongside Library scientists to discover hidden writing in documents.
the Library had relied, for the past decade, on increasingly sophisticated hyperspectral imaging technology to discover hidden information the human eye cannot detect from manuscripts, maps and other artifacts.
Imaging involves digitally photographing an object at multiple wavelengths spanning the ultraviolet through the visible and into the near-infrared.
Discrete components in an object—inks, glues, parchment—respond in unique ways to the different wavelengths.
Photo by Shawn Miller. Courtesy of Library of Congress
So at one wavelength, one ink may almost melt away, revealing another ink below.
The Preservation Research and Testing Division is conducting its pilot with the Library’s Educational Outreach Office. The goal is to introduce students to preservation science and its importance to protecting cultural and historical heritage within the Library’s collections.
The program would reportedly be offered on a monthly basis, in the fall.