Last week, I traveled to Washington, DC, for the Archives of American Art’s symposium and workshop on American Art History and Digital Scholarship: New Avenues of Exploration.
For our hundredth anniversary episode, the digital history fellows divided up the 2007 episodes of Digital Campus and picked their favorite bits — listen to the result if you dare, and be transported back to the days when the iPhone was brand new, when Second Life was the Next Big Thing, and when you had to have an email address with a .edu TLD in order to use Facebook. Good times.
Many thanks to digital history fellows Ben Hurwitz, Jannelle Legg, Anne McDivitt, Amanda Morgan, Amanda Regan, and Spencer Roberts for choosing the clips, and many many thanks to audiovisual guru Chris Preperato for stitching them together.
Running time: 58:13
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In another single-topic Digital Campus, we react to the news that Dan is headed to the Digital Public Library of America as its Executive Director (no tears, no tears) by forcing him to tell us all about it. Special guests on the podcast include Berkman Center and DPLA Technical Workstream member David Weinberger, author of Too Big to Know and Everything is Miscellaneous as well as Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows and The Big Switch. Issues raised include Internet centralization, the future of public libraries, and Mr. Potato Head.
Nicholas Carr, “The Library of Utopia,” MIT Technology Review, April 25, 2012. Available at http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/427628/the-library-of-utopia/
Running time: 49:45
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In this edition of Digital Campus, Tom, Dan, and Mills (Amanda was on a beach somewhere when we were recording) ventured into strange and wild paths of the Internet previously unknown to us, thereby proving that we are, indeed, old in Internet years. After years of talking about Google, Apple, Facebook, and Wikipedia, we set aside those old school web platforms to examine Pinterest and Tumblr. How might humanists, archivists, librarians, and museum professionals make good use of these sites that had (largely) been off our radar all this time? And we wondered whether the fact that traffic on Pinterest now rivals that on Twitter and the growing evidence that young people are moving away from Facebook to services like Tumblr might mean that those of us in the digital humanities ought to be taking a much closer look at how to best utilize these platforms. We also took a look at the 2012 Digital Humanities Award winners and offered up a few favorites from among the many worthy winners and runners up for those awards.
Maine Historical Society’s Pinterest site
Alan Jacob’s Tumblr blog
2012 Digital Humanities Awards
Running time: 37:02
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Tim Garrity, MA Candidate in American History at the University of Maine and Executive Director, Mount Desert Island Historical Society
It’s Saturday morning and around 150 people are foregoing incredible June weather in the DC area to sit in an engineering auditorium to attend THATCamp Prime here at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Yesterday’s workshops (and a live recording of Digital Campus) went quite well–per usual, lots of excellent conversation and new connections.
In his opening remarks, Dan Cohen pointed out that in an auditorium full of people, no one came here to give a talk, to put a line in his/her cv, or to interview for a job. Instead, we’re all here to be “a spark for something new” and to explore ideas — ours and the ideas of others. If you’ve ever been to a THATCamp, you need to make time in your schedule in the coming year to attend one. As I’ve written more than once in this space, and as Roy wrote many years before me, academic conferences have largely ossified–despite some attempts at innovation–over the years. Unconferences like these subvert that model in a very positive way and spur new ideas and innovation in ways that three papers with a discussant will never do.
The first session of the day was “Dork Shorts” in which people proposed ideas they are working on that they want to throw open for additional participation. In order, the ideas were about:
1. Alternate reality games
2. Playthepast.org (games and cultural heritage)
3. Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy
5. Africa Past & Present podcast
6. Open jobs at Emory, high res map scanning (still not public) with a high wow factor
7. An edited volume on disruptive pedagogy (my idea…let me know if you are interested)
8. Hacking the Accident
9. A new collaborative document platform that will run inside WordPress
10. New internal collection search system developed at the Penn Museum
12. How to move large numbers of static files into Omeka automatically
13. iPad based comic book versions of great works of literature
14. Digital Culture Week
15. Mobile Museum apps from the Henry Ford Museum
16. New displays of information from Folger Library collection
17. American Archive Content Inventory Project
18. Get to know the NEH — Really. We’re nice.
19. A project on political cartoons (50,000 of them). A plea for help.
21. GoogleDoc folders for THATCamp (This THATCamp)
22. Code for archiving Twitter
23. Making sense of DH/IT jargon for the non-coder
This list gives you an idea of the diversity of interests, skills, and anxieties of those working to expand the reach of the digital humanities.