Episode 103 – Big Data to Big Business

In this episode the usual suspects, Mills, Stephen, Amanda, Dan and Tom gathered for yet another lively discussion. The episode began with a discussion on the trend toward opening data as several big players, the Getty, Twitter, Microsoft and the Public Library of Science took steps toward greater accessibility of their resources. The hosts also highlighted the subject of virtual conference attendance, looking at the “dopplebot” conference attendance model. From big changes to a historical look back, the group switched gears to discuss a Pew Report that looks back at 25 years of internet use, broad discussion of changes and how the internet has become an indispensable facet of our lives. Nothing demonstrates that more than the next topic of discussion, the $19 billion dollar purchase of WhatsApp.

They were joined by Sharon Leon, director of Public Projects at CHNM for an announcement about two upcoming summer institutes at CHNM for Art Historians and American Historians.

Related Links:

Opening access to data

Virtual Conference attendance:

PewReport – http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/02/27/summary-of-findings-3

WhatsApp acquisition for $19 billion

Sharon updates on Art Historians & American Historians institutes

Running time: 41:08
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Episode #100 — The Best and Worst of 2007

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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Episode 97: Digital Potato Library of America

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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Episode 96 — The Olds and the New

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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THATCamp CHNM (Day 2a)

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
4. Gradhacker.org
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
11. Commentpress.org
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.
20. dhCommons
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.