Video: The Ivory Tower and the Open Web

Here's the video of my plenary talk "The Ivory Tower and the Open Web," given at the Coalition for Networked Information meeting in Washington in December, 2010. A general description of the talk: The web is now over twenty years old, and there is no doubt that the academy has taken advantage of its tremendous … Continue reading Video: The Ivory Tower and the Open Web

The Social Contract of Scholarly Publishing

When Roy Rosenzweig and I finished writing a full draft of our book Digital History, we sat down at a table and looked at the stack of printouts. “So, what now?” I said to Roy naively. “Couldn’t we just publish what we have on the web with the click of a button? What value does … Continue reading The Social Contract of Scholarly Publishing

Measuring the Audience of a Digital Humanities Project

Karen Motylewski of the Institute of Museum and Library Services recently pressed an audience of recent IMLS grantees to think about how they might measure the success of their digital projects. As she was well aware, academics often bristle at the quantitative measurement of the audience for their websites because it smacks of commercialism. Also, … Continue reading Measuring the Audience of a Digital Humanities Project

Search Engine Optimization for Smarties

A Google search for "Sputnik" gives you an authoritative site from NASA in the top ten search results, but also a web page from the skydiver and ballroom-dancing enthusiast Michael Wright. This wildly democratic mix of sources perennially leads some educators to wring their hands about the state of knowledge, as yet another op-ed piece … Continue reading Search Engine Optimization for Smarties

First Impressions of Amazon Connect

Having already succumbed to the siren's song that prodded me narcissistically to create a blog, I had very little resistance left when Amazon.com emailed me to ask if I might like to join the beta of program that allows authors to reach potential buyers and existing owners of their books by writing blog-like posts. Called … Continue reading First Impressions of Amazon Connect