Bill Turkel, the always creative mind behind Digital History Hacks (logrolling disclosure: Bill is a friend of CHNM, a collaborator on various fronts, and was the thought-provoking guest on Digital Campus #9; still, he deserves the compliments), and his colleague at the University of Western Ontario, Alan MacEachern, are planning to write a book entitled … Continue reading MacEachern and Turkel, The Programming Historian
Following a nice evening at the Italian Embassy, the conference “Using New Technologies to Explore Cultural Heritage,” jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR, Italy's National Research Council), kicked off at the headquarters of the NEH in Washington. Sessions included "Museums and Audiences," "Virtual Heritage," "Digital … Continue reading Using New Technologies to Explore Culture Heritage Conference
Roy Rosenzweig and I begin our book Digital History with a list of the advantages and disadvantages of digital media and technology for the practice of history. The "dangers or hazards" include questions about quality, durability, readability, passivity, and inaccessibility. Although scholars in the humanities fret about these hazards, my experience at several art meccas … Continue reading The Artistic and the Digital
Near where we're staying on vacation there is a small but excellent Shaker museum. As a historian who in part studies nineteenth-century religion, I know a bit about the Shakers, one of the more remarkable and unusual revival Christian sects. (Note to those wishing to create a new sect that flourishes: eschew celibacy, even if … Continue reading Nineteenth-Century Open Source
Dave Lester provides an interesting visualization of the history of American Studies over the last fifty years by running Lucy Maddox's Locating American Studies: The Evolution of a Discipline through a tag cloud creator and then putting it on a slider timeline. Note the rise and fall of Leo Marx's influence on the field, among … Continue reading American Studies Tagline
Looking for a great way to teach students and colleagues about how a wiki works? In this insightful and often hilarious screencast, Jon Udell traces the development of an improbably thorough Wikipedia article covering the mysterious umlauts that began to show up on rock band names in the 1970s.
Under the assumption that many readers of this blog don't receive the American Historical Association's magazine Perspectives, you might be interested in this article I wrote for the May 2007 issue. In the piece I discuss the Zotero project's connection to several recent trends in computing, and think ahead to what the Zotero server might … Continue reading Social and Semantic Computing for Historical Scholarship