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Land Acquisition and Dispossession: Mapping the Homestead Act, 1863-1912

"The Homestead Act of 1862 offered Americans the opportunity to claim parcels of 'public land,' occupy and improve it for five years, and then receive title to it. This map visualizes over time and space the more than 2.3 million claims and 900,000 'patents' granting ownership made and issued in the half-century after passage of the act."

Digital Scholarship Lab | University of Richmond

Land Acquisition and Dispossession: Mapping the Homestead Act, 1863-1912

Interactive Periodic Table of Elements

"Idaho National Laboratory has enlisted its experts, researchers and writers to produce an online interactive Periodic Table that offers pop-up information on every single known element. [...]"

Idaho National Laboratory

Interactive Periodic Table of Elements

Wildechoes

"The purpose of this site is to help you learn about the sounds of birds."

Chris Hails et al.

Wildechoes

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Martin Luther King, Jr.’s story inspires people to dream big about what they believe in. Gain new perspective from Martin Luther King III and his family’s reading lists. See how libraries can help you learn more about this Nobel Peace Prize-winning civil rights leader who advocated for nonviolence and racial equity."

WorldCat

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Explore the collection

MIT Museum

Explore the collection

Mechanical Watch

"Over the course of this article I’ll explain the workings of the mechanism seen in the demonstration below. You can drag the device around to change your viewing angle, and you can use the slider to peek at what’s going on inside:"

Bartosz Ciechanowski

Mechanical Watch

How are you doing?

"A journey of emotional awareness, where we uncover the power of naming and visualizing your feelings."

The Pudding

Abby VanMuijen, Michelle McGhee

How are you doing?

How Things Fly

"Have you ever wanted to know how an airplane flies? Or why you become 'weightless' in space? These and many other questions are answered in the How Things Fly Web site, a companion to the physical exhibition at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Our goal is to explain the basic principles that allow aircraft and spacecraft to fly."

National Air and Space Museum | Smithsonian

How Things Fly

Milestone Documents

"The primary source documents on this page highlight pivotal moments in the course of American history or government. They are some of the most-viewed and sought-out documents in the holdings of the National Archives."

National Archives

Milestone Documents

The Sounds of CDMX

"This is an audio/visual story exploring the sounds of Mexico City’s streets."

The Pudding

The Sounds of CDMX

The Map of the Universe

"This map shows a slice of our Universe. It was created from astronomical data taken night after night over a period of 15 years using a telescope in New Mexico, USA. We are located at the bottom. At the top is the actual edge of the observable Universe. In between, we see about 200,000 galaxies."

Johns Hopkins University

B. Ménard & N. Shtarkman

The Map of the Universe

Americans

"Americans, a major exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, highlights the ways in which American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began. It delves into the three stories, surrounds visitors with images, and invites them to begin a conversation about why this phenomenon exists."

National Museum of the American Indian | Smithsonian

Americans

Creature feature

"As MBARI researchers explore the deep sea, we often discover life that we’ve never seen before. But some animals—for their wacky shapes, splendid colors, or bizarre lifestyles—remain long-standing staff favorites. Check out some of our most iconic deep-sea critters, including exclusive footage and information about how each animal thrives in the deep ocean."

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Creature feature

Interactive Features

Art Institute of Chicago

Interactive Features

Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art by Women

"Cotton, wool, polyester, silk—fiber is felt in every aspect of our lives and has long inspired women artists. This digital project highlights the work of eight artists. Their artworks from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery are placed alongside the artist's words and primary sources from the Archives of American Art to deepen insight into the artists' creative processes."

American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery | Smithsonian

Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art by Women

Foundations

"In this series from Adobe Discover, renowned industry pros share fundamental principles and insights from their own experience to help you better understand key elements of design, including topics such as typography and color."

Adobe

Foundations

Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire

"Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire will explore how artworks from the ancient city shape our understanding of Teotihuacan as an urban environment. One of the earliest, largest, and most important cities in the ancient Americas, Teotihuacan is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most visited archaeological site in Mexico."

de Young Museum

Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire

NightSchool Series

"NightLife at Cal Academy brings its iconic after-hours programming to you with NightSchool—informal online "classes" with an eclectic mix of science and culture. Catch programs every first & third Thursday of the month!"

California Academy of Sciences

NightSchool Series

Science 101

"Science is complicated and sometimes hard for non-scientists to understand. But science is important for solving problems and making life better for everyone on the planet. Argonne’s Science 101 series is aimed at helping to break down the complex concepts behind our work. Our videos and infographics will help you understand the language and concepts important to Argonne science and technology, from quantum science to batteries for clean energy."

Argonne National Laboratory

Science 101

Music HerStory: Women and Music of Social Change

"From our earliest musical encounters to the formation of complex social identities, the American musical landscape wouldn’t be what it is today without the countless contributions of women changemakers, groundbreakers, and tradition-bearers. Women’s leadership in music and social change is central to the American story. Music HerStory explores these contributions through unique media collections from across the Smithsonian."

National Museum of American History | Smithsonian

Music HerStory: Women and Music of Social Change

Bauhaus: Building the New Artist

"Considered one of the most influential schools of art and design of the 20th century, the Bauhaus forged a unique educational vision that blended theory with practice in order to cultivate a new generation of artists and designers.

Conceived in tandem with the Getty Research Institute’s gallery exhibition, Bauhaus Beginnings, this online exhibition offers an in-depth look into the school’s novel pedagogy."

Getty Research Institute

Bauhaus: Building the New Artist

Your Brain

"Your brain is always changing. Brain science is advancing rapidly as modern technology is helping us begin to unravel age-old mysteries about ourselves. What is the brain? What does it do? How does it work? Think about how you think, with these interactive activities, images, and videos to help you investigate what's going on inside your head and what the future holds."

The Franklin Institute

Your Brain

NASA Artemis

"With Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. We will collaborate with commercial and international partners and establish the first long-term presence on the Moon. Then, we will use what we learn on and around the Moon to take the next giant leap: sending the first astronauts to Mars."

NASA

NASA Artemis

12 Sunsets: Exploring Ed Ruscha’s Archive

"Originally captured as the medium for Ed Ruscha’s creative work, the more than 65,000 photographs selected from this archive present a unique view of one of Los Angeles’ quintessential streets, Sunset Boulevard, and how it has changed over the past 50 years. Ed Ruscha, with help from Getty and Stamen Design, is making this amazing collection accessible to you: explore his images of Sunset and discover your own story of Los Angeles."

Getty Research Institute (GRI)

12 Sunsets: Exploring Ed Ruscha’s Archive

Online Projects - The Skyscraper Museum

"The Museum enhances its accessibility and enriches its exhibitions through a variety of virtual projects. The digitization of our collection allows visitors to explore the archive outside of their visit to the gallery. Additionally, the projects all seek to further the core principles of the institution: to explore tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence."

The Skyscraper Museum

Online Projects - The Skyscraper Museum

Planet Money Summer School

"Economics is a game you should know how to play. And once you get the fundamental concepts, you start to see it everywhere: the news, the supermarket and even your dating life. So it's time to learn the rules. Planet Money Summer School is a crash course in economics for your ears. See the world through the lens of an economist and you'll start to feel a little less overwhelmed when making financial decisions. [...]"

Planet Money | NPR

Planet Money Summer School

Designing Peace

"What would be possible if we were to design for peace?


Designing Peace explores the unique role design can play in pursuing peace and creating a more equitable world. The exhibition features design projects from around the globe that look at ways to create and sustain more durable peaceful interactions—from creative confrontations that challenge existing structures to designs that demand embracing justice and truth in a search for reconciliation."

Cooper Hewitt | Smithsonian

Designing Peace

Climate From Space

"Explore 40 years of satellite climate data via interactive globes and maps"

European Space Agency (ESA)

Climate From Space

JWST Images (via AAS WorldWide Telescope)

"Explore all of the new JWST images interactively on a map of the sky!"

American Astronomical Society (AAS)

JWST Images (via AAS WorldWide Telescope)

IPCC WGI Interactive Atlas

"A novel tool for flexible spatial and temporal analyses of much of the observed and projected climate change information underpinning the Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report, including regional synthesis for Climatic Impact-Drivers (CIDs)."

IPCC Working Group I (WGI): Sixth Assessment Report

IPCC WGI Interactive Atlas

Symmetry

"An online magazine about particle physics."

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Symmetry

OOIR: Observatory of International Research

"OOIR lists the latest articles from leading social science journals [...]"

Andreas Pacher

OOIR: Observatory of International Research

U.S. Currency Education Program (CEP)

"The U.S. Currency Education Program (CEP) is responsible for ensuring that users of U.S. currency around the world have access to education, training, and information about Federal Reserve notes."

Federal Reserve Board

U.S. Currency Education Program (CEP)

Bird Guide

"ID help and life history info for 600+ North American species"

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Bird Guide

NASA Earth Observatory

"The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about the environment, Earth systems, and climate that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and models."

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA Earth Observatory

From Inquiry to Action: Harvard Business School & the Case Method

"Drawing on materials from the HBS Archives, From Inquiry to Action explores the introduction of the case method in the teaching of business administration and highlights the School’s early contributions that have led to the enduring influence of this participant-centered teaching practice."

Harvard Business School

From Inquiry to Action: Harvard Business School & the Case Method

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