*Details emerge of destruction at Brazil’s national museum, September 13, 2018, story by the U.K. based Museums Association online journal on the international effort that is underway to salvage knowledge, artifacts, and research from Brazil’s National Museum . Here is an excerpt:
“…An international effort is underway to salvage knowledge, research and images of the museum and its artefacts, including a campaign by researchers to digitally recreate the museum’s research archive. The campaign is seeking copies of dissertations, theses and historical studies connected to the museum.
The museum itself has asked visitors to help digitally reconstruct the museum by uploading photos to museunacional.ufrj.br/memoria. Institutions that are interested in offering “concrete” support are asked to email the museum’s director.
Seperately, Wikipedia has also launched a project to collate images of objects from the museum. “We’re asking people everywhere to join our global community and help the world recover from this collective tragedy,” said Katherine Maher, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation…”
*The Museum Journal also includes a story on last week’s warning issued by the International Council of Museums (Icom) that cuts in “public expenditure on cultural heritage threatens the very existence of museums in many parts of the world.”
“The International Council of Museums (ICOM) calls on policy- and decision-makers worldwide, in the wake of the National Museum of Brazil disaster, to recognise the need to care for museums, to allocate adequate funding and to develop policies that will allow these cultural institutions to carry out their vital role in society for generations to come.”
*Other stories related to the Brazil fire include an article in Wired (link also provided in last week’s Global Notes): “Brazil’s Museum Fire Proves Cultural Memory Needs a Digital Backup,” and a Sept. 14, 2018, SciShow news segment posted on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovy2yYvD5W8&feature=youtu.be
*Documentary Heritage News, September 20, 2018, http://documentary-heritage-news.blogspot.com/
* Jody Butterworth, Andrew Pearson, Patrick Sutherland and Adam Farquhar (eds.), Remote Capture: Digitising Documentary Heritage in Challenging Locations, Open Book Publishers, 2018,https://www.openbookpublishers.com/product/747
* Digitales Frauenarchiv, https://www.digitales-deutsches-frauenarchiv.de/
(Portal documenting the history of the German women’s movements.)
CFP: “Enumeration, Epistemology, Etcetera: Lists and List-Making in Literature and Culture” – Freiburg 07/19. https://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-38131