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Hieroglyphic Journal of a Voyage to the Caribbean (1815)

- September 6, 2017 in carribean, diary, hieroglyphics, hieroglyphs, jamaica, journal, madeira, symbols, travel journal, west indies

Unusual and delightfully ingenious book which employs a series of "hieroglyphic" plates to frame an account of a trade voyage to the Caribbean.

Hieroglyphic Journal of a Voyage to the Caribbean (1815)

- September 6, 2017 in carribean, diary, hieroglyphics, hieroglyphs, jamaica, journal, madeira, symbols, travel journal, west indies

Unusual and delightfully ingenious book which employs a series of "hieroglyphic" plates to frame an account of a trade voyage to the Caribbean.

Hieroglyphic Journal of a Voyage to the Caribbean (1815)

- September 6, 2017 in carribean, diary, hieroglyphics, hieroglyphs, jamaica, journal, madeira, symbols, travel journal, west indies

Unusual and delightfully ingenious book which employs a series of "hieroglyphic" plates to frame an account of a trade voyage to the Caribbean.

Extracts from the Endeavour Journal of Joseph Banks (1769)

- April 5, 2013 in captain cook, collections, diary, joseph banks, journal, surfing, Tahiti, texts, Texts: 18th, Texts: Non-fiction

Appointed as the expedition’s official botanist, a 25 year old Joseph Banks travelled on Captain Cook’s first great voyage to the South Pacific in 1768. After landing on the island of Tahiti, Banks was soon to become an invaluable member of the crew by virtue of the friendly relations he struck up with the islanders; a mutual trust he built up through his openness, natural curiosity and fascination with their customs and way of life. In his willingness to learn their language, eat their food, sleep in their huts, record their customs and partake in their rituals, Banks was pioneering a new kind of science – that of ethnology. As the weeks progressed his botanical observations increasingly gave way to a study of the people (“studies” that were not always at arm’s length!). His experiences in his three month stay on the island are recorded in his Endeavour Journal. The journal is unique in character, not merely in terms of its content but also, as the writer Richard Holmes comments, “for their racy style, appalling spelling and non-existent punctuation”. Below are a few choice extracts, highlighted by Richard Holmes in his (highly recommnded) The Age of Wonder – a book [...]

OKFN Open Scientific Data Journal

- May 30, 2011 in journal, linguistics, Open Data, publish, Science

A recently conducted a survey asked people in research about their readiness to make data freely available. The results were not very uplifting: about 10% of the respondents would share openly, some with a password (30%), the majority won't share at all. We believe that publishing open scientific data should be tied to the notion of a journal/publication because people sitting on valuable datasets will rarely make then available unless they feel it's in the form of a "real", citable publication. We propose the creation of an online journal by the OKFN that allows people to publish articles describing their open datasets, along with methodology for creation, intended applications, or other information useful for researchers who would potentially reuse the data. In most research articles, the dataset is provided as supplemental material, if at all. Here it would be at the core of the publication, while methodology, applications, etc. are supplementary. It could be an all-purpose OKFN data journal with discipline specific tracks/committees. (The text for this idea was built from e-mails exchanged in the context of this thread at the open-linguistics list: http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/open-linguistics/2011-May/000078.html)