Reading the First Books #firstbooksdh

Austin, Texas – LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections hosted a day-long digital scholarship symposium on May 30, 2017, titled “Reading the First Books: Colonial Documents in the Digital Age.” Hashtag: #firstbooksdh The symposium celebrates the culmination of “Reading the First Books: Multilingual, Early-Modern OCR for Primeros Libros,” a two-year effort to develop tools …

Australia’s National Reconciliation Week 2017

May 27-June 3 is National Reconciliation Week in Australia. Hashtag: #NRW2017 Twitter @RecAustralia http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/events Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The theme for NRW 2017 is ‘Let’s take the next steps’ This National Reconciliation Week reflects on two significant …

Mexico Notebook

Photo: Venus Many books have been written about Mexico under the guise of ‘guidebooks’ that, in reality, are nothing more than compilations of hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, along with a few tips about where to buy authentic handicrafts that almost look as if they came from Mexico and not Taiwan … These books don’t guide …

Resilience and Resource Efficiency in Cities

City superfans, there’s a new report! The UN Environment report “Resilience and Resource Efficiency in Cities” is now available. Download here The report reflects on resilience, on resource efficiency, and on the nexus between the two. The authors explore definitions and implementation. Key Links http://www.resourceefficientcities.org https://www.iied.org/sustainable-cities-nexus-between-resilience-resource-efficiency Report (PDF) Questions How was the report prepared? Does the Global Initiative for Resource …

Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory According to the spiritual beliefs of the Anangu People, the traditional owners of Uluru, there are many important sites around Uluru that are sacred or secret significance. Because of this, the Anangu ask visitors to show respect and not climb Uluru. Visitors are permitted to walk around …

Uluru Statement from the Heart

May 26, 2017 This past week the National Constitutional Convention took place in Uluru, NT, Australia. Key Links: https://www.referendumcouncil.org.au https://www.referendumcouncil.org.au/event/first-nations-regional-dialogue-in-uluru https://twitter.com/ref_council Uluru Statement from the Heart from the First Nations National Constitutional Convention We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart: …

Biblioteca Vasconcelos Hosts Conscious, Eco Travel Seminars

Poster Mexico City – In the celebration of International Biodiversity Day, Biblioteca Vasconcelos and Conabio host events this week focusing on sustainable and conscious travel. The program provides an overview of the current status of conservation in the parks and protected areas, including the World Heritage Site Xochimilco in the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. …

Exploring El Chico National Park (Parque Nacional El Chico)

Photo: Fernando Garcia Aguinaco, Parque Nacional El Chico Higalgo, Mexico – El Chico (The Little One) National Park was Mexico’s first national forest reserve, decreed so by President Porfirio Díaz at the end of the 19th century. Deforestation began three centuries earlier, when the metal-working industry indiscriminately chopped down trees for firewood. Today the 2,739 …

Biodiversity on the Social Web – Live Web Tours This Week #idb2017 #biodiversityday

Poster: BioDiversityDay 2017 Today – May 21 – is the International Day for Biological Diversity (Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica) and Planeta.com hosts live, interactive web tours this week. Join us Tuesday at 10am Vegas, 12pm Oaxaca, 1pm Montreal, 6pm London, 3am Brisbane. Videos http://youtu.be/e2sHFqJAwo0 The objective of this exercise is to highlight and …