Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The New Jersey Digital Highway

The New Jersey Digital Highway [http://www.njdigitalhighway.org/] - Merging onto any highway can be a real challenge, but getting onto the New Jersey Digital Highway is a snap. Billed as the place "Where History, Culture, and Learning Merge", this digital archive brings together history and culture from the Garden State’s museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies. First-time visitors may want to perform a quick search via their search engine, or they can also browse the collections by time period or county. Visitors should definitely look at the collection titled "The Changing Face of New Jersey-The Immigration Experience From Earliest Times to the Present". Here, you can look through materials dating back to 1741 that include oral histories, photographs, diaries, and sheepskin deeds. >From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007. http://scout.wisc.edu/

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Beowulf: A New Translation for Oral Delivery

Beowulf: A New Translation for Oral Delivery[http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/Literature/subcollections/RinglBeowulfAbout.shtml] - With its use of alliterative verse and rousing subject matter, the epic poem Beowulf has been adored and analyzed for over a millennium. The poem was originally composed in Old English, and it has been translated into dozens of languages over the centuries. Generally, translators have attempted to reproduce one or more of its features or qualities at the expense of others. This particular translation offered by Dirk Ringler of the University of Wisconsin is intended for "oral delivery", that is, to be read or recited aloud. Visitors to this site can listen to the poem in its entirety or access different sections at forty-three separate locations within the text. Additionally, visitors can search for keywords and phrases within the entire poem. Those with a penchant for this masterful work will likely want to share this site with like-minded friends and colleagues. >From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007. http://scout.wisc.edu/ [Image: http://hpc.jpl.nasa.gov/PUBS/BEOWULF/dragon.gif]

Monday, June 2, 2008

Global Education Digest 2007

Global Education Digest 2007 [http://www.uis.unesco.org/ev.php?ID=7002_201&ID2=DO_TOPIC] - The UNESCO Institute for Statistics publishes numerous technical guides and strategy papers every year, and this particular document is both timely and important. The Global Education Digest 2007 offers a comparative look at education statistics and spending across the world, and there are a number of findings that are particularly revealing within its pages. One such finding is that governments in sub-Saharan African spend only 2.4% of the world's public education resources, yet about 15% of the school-age population lives in these countries. Readers can compare education statistics from over 200 countries, and the report also contains a number of useful appendices with additional data. >From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007. http://scout.wisc.edu/