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Women, plumbers and doctors: sanitation in the home

April 9th, 2015

Julia Nurse writes in a blog from the Wellcome Library:

“On World Water Day the book Women, Plumbers and Doctors caught my eye. It seems an unusual title for a book from 1885, but when you turn the front cover over it becomes apparent that this quirky title is a manual of household sanitation aimed at the American housewife.”

“According to the first chapter, “women should understand the details as well as the theory of sanitation” because they are “more interested in household hygiene than men”. Apparently it is the “divinely appointed mission” of women to “guide the house” since there is “nothing in hygiene that she could not comprehend”.”

To read more of the blog go to:

[Source Wellcome Library blog as above]

MMU Library e-trial: Music Industry Data

April 9th, 2015

Runs from 20/03/2015 to 20/04/2015

“From the publisher’s website: “Music Industry Data is a growing repository of historical and current data from Billboard, Official Chart Company, GfK Entertainment and many more reporting agencies from over 30 countries around the world. The arc of sales is presented in Relative Pitch Graphs™ which tell the story of the impact of music on society and cultures.”

“In a very wide range of research questions the Relative Pitch Graphs™ deliver valuable new insights for interpretation and discussion by scholars.”

Access to the trial is available on campus only. If you have any feedback please contact your subject librarian(s).

[Source MMU Library]

MMU Library e-trial: Oxford Historical Treaties

April 9th, 2015

Runs from 19/03/2015 to 17/04/2015

“From the publisher’s website: “Oxford Historical Treaties (OHT) is the premier resource for historical treaty research and home to the full text of The Consolidated Treaty Series, the only comprehensive collection of treaties of all nations concluded from 1648 through 1919. Available via the Oxford Public International Law platform, OHT is cross-searchable with Oxford’s leading public international law resources and benefits from a modern, intuitive interface and sophisticated functionality.”

“Site features include:

  • Access, for the first time, the complete The Consolidated Treaty Series, in an accessible, intuitive format
  • Available via the Oxford Public International Law platform, allowing users to cross-search all of Oxford’s public international law resources
  • General editor Randall Lesaffer – Professor of Legal History at Tilburg Law School – ensures accuracy and authority while overseeing the expansion of the site to include additional commentary and contextual information
  • Extend research capabilities using the Oxford Law Citator – a ground-breaking research navigation tool providing direct links between Oxford content and carefully selected third party websites”

Access to the trial is available on and off campus.  If you have any feedback please contact your subject librarian(s).

[Source MMU Library]

Cover Browser

April 9th, 2015

“Cover Browser is a homegrown project made for comic book lovers by comic book lovers. While the homepage could use a little help visually, the site is clearly a win for readers who want to browse hundreds and hundreds of examples of comic book art. Readers may click any of the dozens of titles suggested in the word cloud on the homepage to pull up images from specific genres or series. For instance, selecting “Avengers” opens a drop down menu of 10 different Avengers series (two of them in Spanish), and selecting “Avengers (1998)” links to almost 100 vibrant covers. Readers may also link from the covers to purchase hard copies on eBay and other sites; however, a nice bonus is the absence of ads. While this site will specifically appeal to comic art fans, who are encouraged to send in scans and copies of their own favorites, there is much to appreciate here for all Scout readers. [CNH]”

[Source Scout Report, 13 March

William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience

April 9th, 2015

“William Blake completed the Songs of Innocence, a collection of 19 poems with accompanying woodblock prints, in 1789. Five years later, he completed Songs of Experience, and subsequently published the two collections in a single volume. Themes of the work echo with springtime and renewal, discussing the natural innocence of childhood and the fall from grace that accompanies life in an adult world with its concerns of money, status, and power. This digital collection from the British Library includes a brief overview of the poet and his poems. However, the beautifully photographed wood prints themselves are what make this site a must see. The collection, digitized from an edition originally published in Liverpool in 1923, immerses readers in the poetry and artwork of this Romantic visionary through such poems as “The Ecchoing Green,” “The Lamb,” and “The Tyger.” [CNH]”

[Source Scout Report, 20 March 2015: ]

Call for papers: Health Surveys User Conference 2015

April 9th, 2015

“For the attention of users of the UK health surveys, including the Health Survey for England, Welsh Health Survey, Scottish Health Survey and other surveys with health-related content.”

“The annual Health Surveys User Conference will be held on Friday 10 July 2015. It is a full-day conference in central London and is free to attend. The programme will contain a mixture of papers from data producers and researchers and we would like to invite offers of presentations based on analysis of the UK health surveys. Presenters will have approximately 20 minutes for their talk followed by 10 minutes for questions.”

“Details of the 2014 Health Surveys User Conference are available on the UK Data Service website.”

“Please send offers of a paper, including an abstract of no more than 300 words, to Gillian Meadows by Friday 17 April 2015.”

[Source UK Data Service news: ]

Why data visualisation matters

April 9th, 2015

Olly Arber in a Nesta blog writes:

“In a world where everyone and everything is being connected up, it’s going to become more important that we find new ways of making sense of the vast amounts of data we’re generating.”

“There are two significant challenges to doing this well. The first is making data teams part of your organisation’s setup and the second is opening up more public and commercial datasets so we can all benefit.”

“Data visualisation is a growing field of expertise. It combines the skills of the designer with those of the developer and the journalist, to create interactive layouts that help people explore data for themselves.”

“For a long time, due to its specialist mix of skills, it’s been relatively niche. It is a field occupied by a handful of pioneers such as Edward Tufte, David McCandless and Jer Thorp.”

“But nowadays forward thinking organisations are creating multi-skilled teams to bring data visualisation in house and develop their own tools for telling stories with data.”

To read more go to:

[Source Nesta blog as above]

Cormac Ó Gráda Public Lecture: ‘Cast Back into the Dark Ages of Medicine? The Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance’

April 9th, 2015

Location: Room IMC.002, University of Warwick

Date: 28 April 2015, 18.00-19.15

“Professor Ó Gráda will talk on ‘Cast Back into the Dark Ages of Medicine? The Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance’.

  • With the virtual eradication of most infectious diseases, life expectancy in the UK and other high-income countries has doubled in the last century or so.
  • The gains in poor countries have been smaller, but still significant.
  • The welfare gains associated with the control of infection have been huge.
  • Most of the increase in life expectancy preceded the antibiotics revolution.
  • Public health measures have been essential to the story of controlling infectious diseases.
  • The challenge of AMR needs to be set in historical context: though real, it does not have to mean a return to ‘the dark ages of medicine’.
  • Meeting the challenge requires a focus on both supply of antimicrobials (the ‘pipeline’) and the demand for them (consumption).
  • There is considerable scope for reducing consumption and thereby resistance.
  • Public health measures and health education can usefully reinforce measures to restrain consumption.
  • The pipeline is not as dry as usually claimed.”

[Source ESRC news: ]

Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food 2016

April 9th, 2015

“The third Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food will take place on 15 and 16 January 2016.”

“The topic for the Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food 2016 is ‘Fire, Knives and Fridges’, focusing on the material culture of cooking tools and techniques.”

“The Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food is the result of a collaborative partnership between Special Collections (UvA), the Amsterdam School for Culture and History (UvA) and the research unit Social & Cultural Food Studies (FOST) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.”

“The symposium has the aspiration to become an annual point of assembly and an exchange of knowledge in the field of food history. It intends to stimulate debate and research that bridges the gap between different disciplines. Submissions are encouraged to use an interdisciplinary approach, in which theory and methods from diverse (social) sciences are appropriated or from other disciplines that take a historical stance. Another aim is to transfer academic research to a wider public and stimulate research using the Special Collection of the University of Amsterdam. The symposium is therefore targeted at both an academic and a professional audience.”

“This year’s topic is inspired by the renewed interest in traditional cooking and preservation techniques, such as baking and fermenting, but also by innovations like sous-vide cooking and molecular gastronomy.”

“Suggested topics for papers:

  • Technological history/archaeology/material culture
  • Social history/anthropology
  • Cultural history”

[Source Heritage Portal news: ]

Call for papers for digital conference

April 9th, 2015

“[The National Archives] are issuing a call for papers for [their] third collaborative conference with Research Libraries UK.”

“This year’s conference, ‘Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities: Exploring new digital destinations for heritage and academia’ will explore the innovative ways in which heritage and academic organisations can engage with existing and emerging audiences through digital formats.”

“The conference will take place on 12 and 14 October 2015 at The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester. Attendance is free.”

“We are inviting paper suggestions of 300 words for 20-minute presentations. See the full call for papers on the Research Libraries UK website:

[Source National Archives news: ]

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