In 1882, a young anthropologist from Washington, D.C., went west to collect objects for the Smithsonian. He found this object buried in a small hill in St. Clair county, Illinois. It's about three inches (8 cm) across, and seems to be made of a shell. It has two holes in it. Confused about what this … Continue reading The Spider and the Web: What Is This?
If you read your blog posts on the same day they're written, please join in later today for an experiment in scholarly crowdsourcing. I'll be posting a historical mystery on this blog at exactly 3pm Eastern/Noon Pacific/20:00 GMT on Thursday, April 16, 2009, and will be linking to it from Twitter. I'll be asking my … Continue reading The Spider and the Web: A Crowdsourcing Experiment
Jeremy Boggs continues his series on the "Digital Humanities Design and Development Process" with a detailed post explaining his design principles, and showing how he developed compelling design elements like the logo for Omeka. One of the things we've learned at the Center for History and New Media over the last 15 years is that … Continue reading Items of Interest for June 12, 2008
Many thanks to Stephen Mihm of the University of Georgia (author of the outstanding A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States) for his cover story in the Ideas section of the Boston Globe on crowdsourcing and history. I'm grateful for his coverage of the Center for History and … Continue reading Everyone’s a Historian Now