Social and Semantic Computing for Historical Scholarship

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

Blackboard’s Entry into Web 2.0 Unveiled: Scholar.com

Maybe they should have kept it veiled. I'm surprised at how poorly designed this site is (surely a freshman who knows Ruby on Rails and a little Photoshop could have put together a better social bookmarking site in a week), not to mention that additions to the site are limited to users of the Blackboard … Continue reading Blackboard’s Entry into Web 2.0 Unveiled: Scholar.com

Creating a Blog from Scratch, Part 7: Tags, What Are They Good For?

Evidently quite a few things. In the past few years, tags have been attached to virtually everything, from web links to photos to bars. The University of Pennsylvania has recently introduced a way for those on campus to tag items in their online catalog, Franklin. With the arrival of the Zotero server this year, it … Continue reading Creating a Blog from Scratch, Part 7: Tags, What Are They Good For?

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank Featured on CNN

I was interviewed yesterday by CNN about a new project at the Center for History and New Media, the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, which uses digital technology to record memories, photographs, and other media related to the Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. (CNN is going to feature the project sometime this week on its program … Continue reading Hurricane Digital Memory Bank Featured on CNN