Monthly Archives: January 2013

Open Library of Humanities

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: January 29, 2013 Project Aims to Bring PLoS-Style Openness to the Humanities By Jennifer Howard Several recent publishing ventures and platforms, including the Open Humanities Press and Anvil Academic, are investigating how to bring more open-access journals and monographs online. A brand-spanking-new nonprofit organization, called the Open Library of […]

Timbuktu manuscript library torched

Today’s Guardian reports (along with many other news organizations, including the LA Times), according to the mayor of Timbuktu, that an important library and research center along with a collection of some 20,000 antique manuscripts dating back to the 13th century, has been burned. Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of historic manuscripts Fleeing Islamist […]

UNESCO General History of Africa is now a free download

Please note: this link has changed–UNESCO’s new URL for the online books has been updated and leads to a new page. The UNESCO General History of Africa eight volume set is now available as a free download from the organization website: This groundbreaking work was the first of its type to present the entire history of […]

Mali, a country divided

In an article translated by George Miller for the English edition of Le Monde diplomatique: “Mali, a country divided,” Philippe Leymarie analyzes the political crisis in Mali prior to the recent French intervention.

Did Google kill a donkey in Kweneng?

Google Maps Street View activity in the Kweneng region of Botswana has generated controversy this week: did their equipment kill a donkey? After a social media uproar, Google addressed the controversy on its Google Maps blog on Wednesday. In a post entitled “Never ass-ume,”  Kei Kawai, group product manager for Google Maps provided photographic evidence […]

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Free access to JSTOR journal archives

Many JSTOR Journal Archives Now Free to Public The archives of more than 1,200 journals are now available for limited free reading by the public, JSTOR announced today. Anyone can sign up for a JSTOR account and read up to three articles for free every two weeks. –By Meredith Schwartz on January 9, 2013 from […]

Graceland vs the South African cultural boycott

I enjoyed a PBS (US) broadcast this week of Joe Berlinger‘s documentary Under African Skies (2012). It centers on the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon‘s release of the Graceland record album. From Lucy Jones in The Telegraph: The current of the film is a conversation between Dali Tambo, founder of Artists Against Apartheid and son of the […]

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