Weekly Roundup: February 21

Queer Relationships

  • “We must always remember who’s behind the screen. We must recognize that the text, audio, and video we engage with online are not artifacts. They are people, parts of people who are really, truly sitting behind those many invisible screens. They are people — laughing, crying, cursing people — who we affect every time we engage with digital media. As digital educators, we must vow to never become Clippy. We must remember the people, even when shrouded in anonymity, even when blind peer-reviewing, even when we encounter trolls.”

This piece by Adam Heidebrink-Bruno on connecting with students across digital/online platforms: Clippy’s Ghost: Teaching from the Margins.

  • HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp, March 30-31, at the University of Michigan: “HTRC is hosting its third annual HTRC UnCamp in March 2015 at the University of Michigan. The UnCamp is part hands-on coding and demonstration, part inspirational use-cases, part community building, and a part informational, all structured in the dynamic setting of an un-conference programming format. It has visionary speakers mixed with boot-camp activities and hands-on sessions with HTRC infrastructure and tools.”

(More about the HathiTrust here)


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  • Michelle Moravec’s Pinterest board on Historian Altmetrics, showing her work “digitally reassess[ing] the influence of activists in the 1970s who, while important to the development of feminist theory, may not have produced much by the way written work that is now cited” (from Beyond Citations, from Moravec’s The Politics of Women’s Culture, a fascinating project in which she posts her work/writing-in-progress for public comment.)

Weekly Roundup: January 17

digital detroit

  • I’m fascinated by the 60 Years of Urban Change project (image of Detroit above) from the Institute for Quality Communities at the University of Oklahoma – a simple yet powerful demonstration of urban transformation.

Weekly Roundup: December 20

  • “History and astronomy are a lot alike. When people claim history couldn’t possibly be scientific, because how can you do science without direct experimentation, astronomy should be used as an immediate counterexample.”

From Digital History, Saturn’s Rings, and the Battle of Trafalgar, from scottbot.net

  • “Over the years, the digital revolution has changed how oral historians conceptualize projects, how they deal with ethical issues, how they process their materials, how they think about sound and video, and how materials are made accessible. All of this has placed oral history squarely in the middle of the conversation about digital humanities.”

Last, but not least (because I’m excited to get my hands on a copy) is Oral History and Digital Humanites: Voice, Access, and Engagement, edited by Douglas A. Boyd and Mary A. Larson, from Palgrave Macmillan,

 oral history and digital humanities