Learning in the 21st century 

ACM Digital Library

"ACM has opened more than 117,500 articles published between 1951 and the end of 2000, during the first 50 years of its publishing program. These articles, which include many foundational articles by the pioneers of the field, are now freely available to view and download via the ACM DL."

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

ACM Digital Library

Willi Smith Street Couture

"This digital exhibition illuminates how American designer Willi Smith (1948-1987) and his collaborators broke down social, cultural and economic boundaries by marrying affordable, adaptable 'street couture' with avant-garde performance, film and design. Choose a topic to explore exhibition objects, recollections, commissioned essays, archival video, and digital ephemera."

Cooper Hewitt | Smithsonian

Willi Smith Street Couture

Studs Terkel Radio Archive

"In his 45 years on WFMT radio, Studs Terkel talked to the 20th century’s most interesting people. Browse our growing archive of more than 2,000 programs."

WFMT, Chicago History Museum

Studs Terkel Radio Archive

Photojournal: NASA's Image Access Home Page

"NASA's Image Access Site for Visual Exploration of the Universe"

NASA/JPL-Caltech

Photojournal: NASA's Image Access Home Page

What's New with Earth Today

"Explore the latest visualizations of NASA's Earth Observing satellites and the data they collect. NASA researchers are constantly tracking remote-sensing data and modeling processes to better understand our home planet."

NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

What's New with Earth Today

Sanctuaries 360°: Explore the Blue

"An immersive 360 view of your national marine sanctuaries"

Office of National Marine Sanctuaries | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Sanctuaries 360°: Explore the Blue

Persepolis Reimagined

"Persepolis Reimagined is the result of a collaboration between historians, creatives, and technologists, in the context of the Getty Villa Museum exhibition, Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World.

This exhibition is part of an ongoing Getty series, The Classical World in Context, which explores the complex interrelationships between ancient Greece and Rome and other cultures and civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. Objects on view in the exhibition are featured throughout this virtual experience."

Getty

Persepolis Reimagined

Collection

"Our collection currently contains more than 100,000 works of art and design dating from ancient times to today. Of these objects, 2,205 of them are on view in the museum now. 82,716 of them are available online."

RISD Museum

Collection

AstroPix

"AstroPix offers access to the public image galleries of many of the world's leading astronomical observatories under a single unified interface. Assets include a full range of astronomical observations, artwork, and charts spanning the field of astronomy."

IPAC | Caltech

AstroPix

Iconographic Encyclopædia

"An enhanced digital edition of J. G. Heck’s collection of 13,000+ illustrations from 1851"

Nicholas Rougeux.

Iconographic Encyclopædia

If/Then Digital Exhibit Companion

"This monumental exhibit of 120 3-D printed statues celebrates contemporary women innovators in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) [...]"

Lyda Hill Philanthropies, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Smithsonian

If/Then Digital Exhibit Companion

WWT 2022

"The 2022 edition of AAS WorldWide Telescope launched on February 15th, 2022.

WWT isn’t a physical telescope — it’s a suite of free and open source software and data sets that combine to create stunning scientific visualizations and stories. While WWT started out as a standalone Windows application, it’s evolved into a powerful astronomy visualization toolkit that you can use on the desktop, in the browser, and from Python."

American Astronomical Society (AAS)

WWT 2022

An Illustrated Field Guide to Social Media

"A look at alternative logics for social media published in connection with 'Reimagine the Internet'"

Knight First Amendment Institute

Ethan Zuckerman, Chand Rajendra-Nicolucci, Fiammetta Ghedini

An Illustrated Field Guide to Social Media

What makes writing more readable?

"Looking at how to make writing easier to read"

The Pudding

Rebecca Monteleone, Jamie Brew, Michelle McGhee

What makes writing more readable?

Digital Dante

"Digital Dante offers original research and ideas on Dante: on his thought and work and on various aspects of his reception. Though our editorial structure is that of an academic journal, we do not publish prose essays, instead showcasing work that intersperses prose with visual components (see Author Guidelines). We accept contributions from scholars and Dante lovers around the world."

Columbia University Libraries

Digital Dante

Almanac of Interesting Numbers

Mathigon

Almanac of Interesting Numbers

Series 1.1: Media Literacy Toolkit

"To Secure the Tools We Need, We Need to Look Beyond 'Media' and 'Literacy'"

Commonplace | Knowledge Futures Group

Series 1.1: Media Literacy Toolkit

Accepted Physics

"Explore some of the building blocks of the Standard Model in this Physics 101 series."

Fermilab

Dr. Don Lincoln et al.

Accepted Physics

Free to Use and Reuse Sets

"This page features items from the Library's digital collections that are free to use and reuse."

Library of Congress

Free to Use and Reuse Sets

Neural Networks

"The basics of neural networks, and the math behind how they learn"

3Blue1Brown

Grant Sanderson

Neural Networks

James Webb Space Telescope - NASA

"From arrival at the ESA launch Facility in Kourou French Guiana, through launch and deployment, the pages linked here are your starting point for exploring Webb's launch and commissioning."

Goddard Space Flight Center | NASA

James Webb Space Telescope - NASA

Effective Data Visualisation

"Effective data visualisation comes in many shapes and sizes, but how do you move away from a standard bar chart?"

The Royal Institution

Valentina D'Efilippo

Effective Data Visualisation

EnviroAtlas Interactive Map

"The EnviroAtlas Interactive Map is a discovery and analysis tool for hundreds of data layers relating to ecosystem services, biodiversity, people, and the built environment."

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EnviroAtlas Interactive Map

Open Syllabus

"Mapping the college curriculum across 7,292,573 syllabi."

Open Syllabus

Laws of UX

"Laws of UX is a collection of best practices that designers can consider when building user interfaces."

Jon Yablonski

Laws of UX

Feral Atlas

"Feral Atlas invites you to explore the ecological worlds created when nonhuman entities become tangled up with human infrastructure projects. Seventy-nine field reports from scientists, humanists, and artists show you how to recognize “feral” ecologies, that is, ecologies that have been encouraged by human-built infrastructures, but which have developed and spread beyond human control. These infrastructural effects, Feral Atlas argues, are the Anthropocene."

Stanford University Press

Anna L. Tsing, Jennifer Deger, Alder Keleman Saxena, Feifei Zhou

Feral Atlas

Explore Chicago Collections

"Explore Chicago Collections allows you to search for information in the physical and digital archives of a growing number of libraries and museums."

Chicago Collections Consortium

Explore Chicago Collections

Kelli Anderson: Materials for Computer People

"Designer and paper engineer Kelli Anderson creates incredible things from analog materials: planetariums, cameras, and speakers. In this workshop, Kelli walks us through the computational thinking of artists including Sol LeWitt, George Perec, and Marjan Teeuwen, and introduces us to analog computing through exercises that engage our observation and reverse engineering skills."

99U

Kelli Anderson

Kelli Anderson: Materials for Computer People

Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project

"[...] asking women, girls, and gender non-binary individuals to participate in the simple act of recording their daily thoughts and personal experiences during this pandemic in order to document the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on women’s lives."

National Women’s History Museum

Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project

In Plain Sight

"[...] an engaging digital experience that brings to life pivotal LGBTQ milestones and achievements.

In Plain Sight provides factual historic records and up-to-date information about people who have come out in different professional areas. [...]"

Stonewall National Museum & Archives

In Plain Sight

Byrne’s Euclid

"A reproduction of Oliver Byrne’s celebrated work from 1847 plus interactive diagrams, cross references, and posters designed by Nicholas Rougeux"

Nicholas Rougeux

Byrne’s Euclid

Latest Satellite Imagery

"Satellite images courtesy of NESDIS Satellite Services Division (NOAA)"

National Hurricane Center | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Latest Satellite Imagery

The Biggest Ideas in the Universe

"A series of informal videos talking about the biggest ideas we've come up with to describe our natural world. No prerequisites required!"

Sean Carroll

The Biggest Ideas in the Universe

Architecture & Design Visual Dictionary

Chicago Architecture Center

Architecture & Design Visual Dictionary

Explore with Perseverance

"Explore with Perseverance puts you on Mars next to NASA's Perseverance, to see what the rover sees as it explores. You can select images right from this 3D interactive or from the list view. As the rover explores Mars, the images it takes are mapped onto the terrain to fill in the picture of the Jezero Crater landing site.

This experience uses imagery from Perseverance rover cameras including its Navcams, Hazcams, and Mastcam-Z. Additional data is filled in using orbital coverage from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera.

Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/University of Arizona"

NASA/JPL-Caltech

Explore with Perseverance

The Collection

"Explore thousands of artworks in the museum’s wide-ranging collection—from our world-renowned icons to lesser-known gems from every corner of the globe—as well as our books, writings, reference materials, and other resources."

Art Institute of Chicago

The Collection

Resources | National September 11 Memorial & Museum

"Access the Museum’s resources, including interactive timelines, digital exhibitions, oral histories, registries, and the 9/11 primer, to learn more about the February 26, 1993 World Trade Center bombing and 9/11 and its aftermath."

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Resources | National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Amazon Adventures

"Team Brain Scoop is about to helicopter into a biologically unknown region of the Peruvian jungle with a team of conservationists to study and document the area's biodiversity for the first time in its history."

The Brain Scoop | Field Museum

Amazon Adventures

Speculative Annotation

"[...] an open-source dynamic web application and public art project by Library of Congress Innovator in Residence Courtney McClellan. The tool presents a unique mini collection of Free to Use items from the Library of Congress for students, teachers, and users of all ages to annotate through captions, drawings, and other types of markmaking."

Library of Congress Labs

Courtney McClellan

Speculative Annotation

History of Philosophy - Summarized & Visualized

"[...] ever-growing summary of the history of Western philosophy showing the positive/negative connections between some of the key ideas/arguments/statements of the philosophers."

Deniz Cem Önduygu, Hüseyin Kuşçu, Eser Aygün

History of Philosophy - Summarized & Visualized

Social Networks and Archival Context

"[...] a free, online resource that helps users discover biographical and historical information about persons, families, and organizations that created or are documented in historical resources (primary source documents) and their connections to one another. Users can locate archival collections and related resources held at cultural heritage institutions around the world."

University of Virginia Library, National Archives and Records Administration

Social Networks and Archival Context

HathiTrust Digital Library

"[...] a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world."

HathiTrust

HathiTrust Digital Library

The Illusions Index

"[...] a fully searchable, interactive curated collection of illusions. The illusions are categorised into different types, allowing you to search for, and compare, illusions that fall under one or more type"

Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience | University of Glasgow

The Illusions Index

The Digital Revolution: From Ada to Zuckerberg

"Walter Isaacson's lectures for the Tulane History Dept. course, 'The Digital Revolution: From Ada to Zuckerberg'"

Walter Isaacson

The Digital Revolution: From Ada to Zuckerberg

Poppy Field

"Poppy Field is an independent project – a reflection on human life lost in war."

Valentina D’Efilippo, Nicolas Pigelet

Poppy Field

LibriVox

"Free public domain audiobooks"

Hugh McGuire et al.

LibriVox

NOAA Climate.gov

"[...] NOAA Climate.gov is a source of timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate. Our goals are to promote public understanding of climate science and climate-related events, to make our data products and services easy to access and use, to provide climate-related support to the private sector and the Nation’s economy, and to serve people making climate-related decisions with tools and resources that help them answer specific questions."

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NOAA Climate.gov

Encyclopedia of Life

"Our knowledge of the many life-forms on Earth - of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria - is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, and in the minds of people everywhere. Imagine what it would mean if this information could be gathered together and made available to everyone – anywhere – at a moment’s notice. This dream is becoming a reality through the Encyclopedia of Life."

National Museum of Natural History | Smithsonian

Encyclopedia of Life

Map of Life

"[...]Built on a scalable web platform geared for large biodiversity and environmental data, Map of Life endeavors to provide ‘best-possible’ species range information and species lists for any geographic area. Map of Life aims to support effective and global biodiversity education, monitoring, research and decision-making by assembling and integrating a wide range of knowledge about species distributions and their dynamics over time."

Walter Jetz, Jana M. McPherson, Robert Guralnick

Map of Life

Our World in Data

"Research and data to make progress against the world’s largest problems"

Global Change Data Lab et al.

Our World in Data

Visualizing SEP

"Visualizing SEP is an interactive data visualization for exploring the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, one of the Web's foremost resources on philosophy."

Joseph DiCastro

Visualizing SEP

topoView

"TopoView highlights one of the USGS's most important and useful products, the topographic map. In 1879, the USGS began to map the Nation's topography. This mapping was done at different levels of detail, to support various land use and other purposes. As the years passed, the USGS produced new map versions of each area. TopoView shows the many and varied topographic maps of each of these areas through history. This can be particularly useful for historical purposes, such as finding the names of natural and cultural features that have changed over time. [...]"

U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey

topoView

Understanding Evolution

"Understanding Evolution is a non-commercial, education website, teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. This site is here to help you understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time."

University of California Museum of Paleontology, National Center for Science Education

Understanding Evolution

Photogrammar

"[...] a web-based visualization platform for exploring the 170,000 photographs taken by the FSA and OWI agencies of the U.S. Federal Government between 1935 and 1943."

Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL), Distant Viewing Lab (DV Lab) | University of Richmond

Lauren Tilton et al.

Photogrammar

Apollo in Real Time

"A real-time journey through the Apollo missions.

This website consists entirely of historical mission material"

Ben Feist et al.

Apollo in Real Time

Biodiversity Heritage Library

"Inspiring discovery through free access to biodiversity knowledge."

Biodiversity Heritage Library

In Pieces - 30 Endangered Species, 30 Pieces

"A CSS-based interactive exhibition celebrating evolutionary distinction."

Bryan James

In Pieces - 30 Endangered Species, 30 Pieces

Zooniverse

"[...] the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research."

Zooniverse

Timeline of Mathematics

Mathigon

Timeline of Mathematics

Computing History Hub

"A resource for learning about the history of computing"

Molly Mielke

Computing History Hub

Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

"[...] accurate and timely news and information about Earth’s changing climate, along with current data and visualizations, presented from the unique perspective of NASA, one of the world’s leading climate research agencies"

Earth Science Communications Team | NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory | California Institute of Technology

Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Seeing Theory

"A visual introduction to probability and statistics."

Brown University

Daniel Kunin, Jingru Guo, Tyler Dae Devlin, Daniel Xiang

Seeing Theory

Humane by Design

"A resource that provides guidance for designing ethically humane digital products through patterns focused on user well-being."

Jon Yablonski

Humane by Design

Understanding Science

"[...] a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works"

University of California Museum of Paleontology

Understanding Science

Stellarium Web

"[...] an online planetarium running in your web browser"

Fabien Chereau, Guillaume Chereau

Stellarium Web

The Presidency

"Explore facts, essays, and related content for all the U.S. presidents"

Miller Center | University of Virginia

The Presidency

Living in the Age of Humans

"A series of stories examining the Earth-wide impacts of our human presence"

Esri

David Asbury, Cooper Thomas, Greyson Harris, Allen Carroll, Hannah Wilber

Living in the Age of Humans

The lines that shape our cities

"Connecting present-day environmental inequalities to redlining policies of the 1930s"

Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond, The Science Museum of Virginia, Esri

The lines that shape our cities

Selma Online

"Selma Online is more than a history lesson.

It’s a call to action to learn about democracy, civil rights, and the need to safeguard voting equality

…in every generation."

The Rockefeller Foundation, Teaching Tolerance, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Left Field Labs

Selma Online

Records of Rights

"Explore records of the National Archives documenting the ongoing struggle of Americans to define, attain, and protect their rights."

National Archives

Records of Rights

Helibrunn Timeline of Art History

"[...]presents a thematic, chronological, and geographical exploration of global art history through The Met collection."

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Helibrunn Timeline of Art History

A Short History of the Highrise

"Dig in to 2,500 years of vertical living through an interactive storybook, with rarely seen New York Times photos, as well as animation and games."

NFB, New York Times

Katerina Cizek

A Short History of the Highrise

Astromaterials 3D

"A virtual library for exploration and research of NASA's space rock collections"

NASA | Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division (ARES)

Astromaterials 3D

Because of Her Story

"To create a more equitable and just American society, the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative will create, disseminate, and amplify the historical record of the accomplishments of American women."

Smithsonian

Because of Her Story

American Panorama

"an historical atlas of the United States for the twenty-first century. It combines cutting-edge research with innovative interactive mapping techniques, designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in American history or a love of maps."

Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond

American Panorama

Visual Algo

"visualising data structures and algorithms through animation"

Dr. Steven Halim

Visual Algo

Frankenbook

"Frankenbook is a collective reading and collaborative annotation experience of the original 1818 text of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley."

Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University

Frankenbook

NASA Solar System Exploration

"This simulated view of our solar system runs on real data. The positions of the planets, moons and spacecraft are shown where they are right now. This digital orrery is a light, mobile-friendly version of NASA’s Eyes software."

Planetary Science Communications | NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA Solar System Exploration

Tools for taking action.

"We’ve curated a collection of resources from our classes and workshops for you to explore. Use these activities, tools, and how-tos as a starting point — we hope you’ll hack them for whatever challenge you’re working on."

Stanford d.school

Tools for taking action.

Interactive Constitution

"Learn about the text, history, and meaning of the U.S. Constitution from leading scholars of diverse legal and philosophical perspectives."

National Constitution Center

Interactive Constitution

Every Noise at Once

"an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 4,954 genre-shaped distinctions by Spotify as of 2020-10-07"

glenn mcdonald

Every Noise at Once

Museum of the World

"an interactive experience through time, continents and cultures, featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history."

British Museum, Google Cultural Institute

Museum of the World

OEC - The Observatory of Economic Complexity

"The world’s leading data visualization platform for international trade data."

Datawheel, Collective Learning (MIT)

Alex Simoes, Cesar A. Hidalgo et al.

OEC - The Observatory of Economic Complexity

Atlas of Emotions

"a visual interactive map of emotions"

Dalai Lama, Dr. Paul Ekman, Dr. Eve Ekman

Atlas of Emotions

Explorable Explanations

"a hub for learning through play!"

Nicky Case et al.

Explorable Explanations