Just moments ago, the National Endowment for the Humanities—whose chairman hails from my hometown, which is to say, from Iowa!—launched a sweeping site redesign. And if you direct your browser to the Division of Preservation and Access page, you’ll find a feature story on Encyclopedia Virginia. It mentions our colonial Virginia and Virginia Indians content, which the NEH helped to fund, as well as our upcoming Reconstruction section, for which we just received a grant. It also stresses the work we’ve tried to do to exploit the possibilities of the Internet:
Encyclopedia Virginia is also harnessing the interactive possibilities of the Web to enhance the experience of learning about the Commonwealth. The developers have added geo-coordinates and temporal elements to individual historical events that occur in each entry. With this data, visitors can build mapping and timeline visualizations on the site through the “Explore Virginia” portal. They can also access Encyclopedia Virginia through their mobile devices using augmented reality browsers such as Layar. You can see a demonstration here.
And, I must say, the folks at NEH must appreciate the great work our media editor, Donna Lucey, does, because they’ve picked out some wonderful images to highlight, including the one above.
IMAGE: Title page of the 1590 Latin edition of A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia by Thomas Hariot