Wednesday, July 27, 2005

ECHO: Exploring and Collecting History Online

ECHO: Exploring and Collecting History Online - Dedicated to using the internet to collect and assemble (for the historical record) personal recollections of recent developments in science and technology, and to encouraging others to undertake similar projects. Includes a directory of history of science and technology websites.

From the site:

Since 2001 the Echo project has used the Internet to collect and present the recent history of science, technology, and industry. As a laboratory for experimentation in this new and unperfected field, we have, among other objectives, worked to foster communication and dialogue among historians, scientists, engineers, doctors, and technologists. We also host free workshops and offer free consultation services to assist other historical practitioners in launching their own websites. In addition, Echo provides a centralized guide and portal for those seeking websites on the history of science and technology. This guide helps researchers find the exact information they need while also granting curious browsers a forum for exploration.

At the broadest level, our goal is to fulfill the potential of digital media and networks to create a more democratic history. That means including multiple voices and diverse perspectives in the historical record; making the historical record accessible to multiple audiences; and developing historical practices that many different people, not just “certified” professionals, can conduct. Democratization, however, does not mean compromising the quality of our historical work: We strive to foster a democratic historical practice that draws upon the most exacting standards and approaches of professional historians and archivists.

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