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World Digital Library: Your Portal to Digitial Cultural Artifacts and More

world_dig_lib_logo.pngToday I discovered the World Digital Library. The mission of this site is to create a centralized place where you can access digital items and artifacts from different times, cultures, and parts of the world and to raise awareness and understanding across cultures. Some of the items that you can view are maps, stories, images, rare books, music, films, recordings, prints, and photographs. You can view the site in several different languages, like Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, and Russia. When you click on an item, you get a brief description of it, when it was created, the creator (and/or who financed the item, like a painting), the place, topics, and other related items. It’s a great knowledge of wealth to use in the classroom, personal studies, or personal interest. To learn more, you can visit the site by clicking on the link below:


SmARThistory.org: Free Online Multi-media Web-book


“smARThistory.org is a free multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic
enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional and static art
history textbook. Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker began
smARThistory in 2005 by creating a blog
featuring free audio guides in the form of podcasts for use in The
Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Soon after, we
embedded the audio files in our online survey courses. The response
from our students was so positive that we decided to create a
multi-media survey of art history web-book. We created audios and
videos about works of art found in standard art history survey texts,
organized the files stylistically and chronologically, and added text
and still images.”

What I really like about this site is that you can contact the creators to contribute to the site, by images of works or museums loaded on flickr or working with them to create audio and video files of works of art similar to what’s on the website. It’s a great way to engage students about art from different time periods, styles, and countries. To find out more, click on the link below: