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

One Week, One Book: Hacking the Academy

[Reblogged from the THATCamp website. Please note that you don't need to be a THATCamper to participate. We are soliciting submissions from everyone, worldwide. Join us by writing something in the next week, or if you've already written something you think deserves to be included, let us know!] Tom Scheinfeldt and I have been brewing … Continue reading One Week, One Book: Hacking the Academy

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

Introducing Digital Humanities Now

Do the digital humanities need journals? Although I'm very supportive of the new journals that have launched in the last year, and although I plan to write for them from time to time, there's something discordant about a nascent field—one so steeped in new technology and new methods of scholarly communication—adopting a format that is … Continue reading Introducing Digital Humanities Now

Leave the Blogging to Us

The history of genres is filled with curious transformations, such as the novel's unlikely evolution from wasteland of second-string prose to locus of Great Literature. One of the founding notions of this blog was that despite its inauspicious beginnings and high-profile overcaffeinated incarnations the genre of the blog has always been well suited to the … Continue reading Leave the Blogging to Us

Journal of American History Interchange on Digital History

Starting today and running for the next month, I'll be joining a half-dozen other professors in a discussion on the Journal of American History website on the promise and challenges of digital history. It's great that the JAH is providing this forum and publishing the results in their September 2008 issue. I'm hoping they'll open … Continue reading Journal of American History Interchange on Digital History