Celebrating International Labour Day see our recommended resources on
May 1st labour and trade union history.
On the Labour history theme, here is a really useful site: Cesar Chavez: The Farmworker Movement: 1962-1993 from UV San Diego Library
A very detailed online resource providing free access to primary source accounts from the volunteers who worked with Cesar Chavez to build his farmworker movement during the period, 1962-1993. There are photographs, video materials and essays which set the materials in context. It provides insight into labour relations, agricultural unions and the contribution of Hispanic Americans to the labour movement in the USA
Social Media and the Vatican
The canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on 27 April was a social media event. A special website was created. This has event schedules, biographies of the popes and explanations of their canonisations. You can also view online videos of the ceremonies. There was a Twitter handle @2popesaints. This makes interesting reading with photographs, photos and cartoons. Plus a Facebook page and The YouTube channel of the Vatican also has videos of events.
For background information on the process of beatification and canonization see:
- The free version of the Catholic Encyclopaedia (1907)
- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops backgrounder
- For more detailed information see the Vatican website for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
This annual report considers knowledge, understanding, engagement and participation in politics by the British public. The full text can be downloaded from the website. This year it also covers attitudes towards the European Parliament elections; trust of MPs and parliament. The statistics include breakdowns of data by gender and ethnic group.
Check our elections blog for the latest postings. This week we have added information on women and the election plus links to useful think tanks covering the elections. On this theme:
From the University of Wisconsin Digital Library is a fabulous collection. It is taken from physical holdings held by Olakh, a feminist organization based in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. The materials are arranged in 6 broad themes: feminist thought, violence, conflict resolution, women’s rights, health and education. They celebrate self-organisation by community groups. Copyright information is supplied on the individual records.
A joint initiative from UNICEF and Save the children which aims to assist professionals working on subjects relating to the role and provision of education in emergencies and humanitarian crises. It is also very useful for researchers and students with an interest in the topic as it provides free guidance and access to useful news project reports and full text topics. A key theme is the coordination of project work amongst different agencies and the training of aid workers. There are good resources on humanitarian communication, project management guidelines, training manuals and impact assessment guides.
- Another key site for general resources on education in emergencies is the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies website. This has an extensive online resource database. It covers all aspects of education ranging from professional teacher development to education finance, peace education, childhood development issues in conflict zones, different age groups and gender related aspects. It includes bibliographies of readings, full text articles and project reports.
Zero Hour Contracts
The UK Office for National Statistics has just released some initial data on the number of individuals employed on zero hours contracts. It includes definitions of the term, data by gender and age and whether the individuals wanted more work.
For further information on this topic try these resources:
- An excellent starting point is House of Commons Library Standard Note: SN/BT/6553 on Zero-hours contracts. This outlines the legal implications, relationship with the national minimum wage, and highlights relevant parliamentary debates and readings.
- In December 2013 the UK government released a consultation paper
- In response to this the CIPD: Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development has published research on the Myths and the Reality.
- Flexibility or Insecurity? Exploring the rise in Zero Hours Contracts is a podcast and blog posting from a Work Foundation event held in July 2013.
- Another recent research report is A Matter of Time: The Rise of Zero-Hours Contracts from the Resolution Foundation.
- From a union perspective the TUC has reports and comment on a range of worker’s issues. A recent report Casualisation and Low Pay found that the majority of workers on zero-hours contracts were paid less than the living wage.
An excellent digital archive from the Archivio di Stato di Torino covers early peace treaties.
The aim of the project is to bring together on a single website reproductions of the major international treaties of peace in Europe of the modern age , 1450-1789 . This section forms part of the larger project developed by the Institut für Europäische Geschichte (Institute for European History ) of Mainz. Europäische Friedensverträge der Vormoderne. The Turin site has digitised images from microfilms of rare treaties covering its own regions namely areas of Sardinia and Savoy. Free registration required before access to full text.
A joint project between the Global Economic Governance Initiative (GEGI) at Boston University and the Inter-American Dialogue. The Dialogue’s publication, The New Banks in Town: Chinese Finance in Latin America by Kevin Gallagher, Amos Irwin, and Katherine Koleski, is the main source of featured data and conclusions. Although there have been recent updates of 2013 statistics. Use it to access up to date statistical information on Chinese lending activity to Latin America and the Caribbean. It covers loans by nation and sector from 2005 onwards.
Are Students addicted to their Mobile Phones?
Read this interesting exploratory paper. Hooked on Smartphones: An Exploratory Study on Smartphone Overuse among College Students by Uichin Lee et al.
Association for Computing Machinery
This is just one of new titles added to Media and communications Scoop.it page this week. Others include: Ofcom adults media use and attitudes research report 2014.
A new historical project being supported by the Arts and Humanities Funding Council with collaboration from Kings College London, University of Glasgow and other educational institutions. It aims to examine the origins, nature and cultural history of historical pageants in twentieth-century Britain. A key feature of the site is the blog which highlights specific examples with text and pictures.
Look out for the Mayday children in the Chelsea historical pageant