Web Readings Weekly Roundup (31th May)

Several posts about Computers & Writing 2011 Conference, the last two about digital authorship, academic books and collaboration: “Stop trying to save the monograph and instead try to answer the question that the monograph was originally developed to answer: how can I communicate with the world?

  • Three surveys about museums and new technology by Museum Next

- Social Media Audiences and the Museum

- Museums on Twitter

- What do people want from museums on Facebook?

Manuscriptorium is a freely accessible digital library which enables ready access to concentrated information on historical resources via sophisticated search tools. The objective of the project is to provide access to existing digital content via integrated tools in order to make it as readily accessible as possible.

A blog post about the use of Twitter in Scholarship.

Several articles in Chronicle of Higher Education about how copyright laws are harming scholarship, education and digitization of works.

Web Readings Weekly Roundup (24th May) – Mobile Apps

At the beginning of the year, the International Data Corporation reported a rise of the worldwide smartphone market, with Android “helping to drive the smartphone market“. By the same time, the New York Times published a story about a report by Forrester Research that “estimates that the revenue created from customers buying and downloading apps to smartphones and tablets will reach $38 billion by 2015.

This month TechCrunch reported that Android will surpass Apple’s App Store in size by August 2011 and the Web is full of reports, news and blog posts about the increasing of this market.

There are several kinds of apps, in both platforms (iOS from Apple and Android from Google) and Humanities are present in both of them.

By iClio, a spin-off company created by students of the EuroMACHS master’s programme, “which combines GPS location, available time, audio and points of interest, creating personalized itineraries in order to satisfy user’s specific need“, that was reviewed here.

By Museum of London and Brothers and Sisters Creative Ltd. This is an augmented app that allows you to point your smartphone to a London Street and see how it was in the past, making use of geo tagging and Google Maps. According with Brothers and Sisters Creative Ltd., the “Museum of London wanted a digital idea that would create a buzz about the opening of their new Modern Galleries. They didn’t have a lot of money, but they did have an incredible amount amount of content.

They expected 5000 downloads, but by the end of 2010 they had already 125 000 and the visitors to the museum tripled. You can watch how it works here.

By British Library and Toura. The app has over 100 unique or rare items like the original version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or ‘The Tyger’ in William Blake’s hand.  Furthermore, “the app includes sound recordings and nearly 50 short videos, all WiFi-enabled. They include interviews with British Library curators, linguist David Crystal, and TV presenter and explorer Ben Fogle.

You can watch how it works here.

By Library Of Congress. This app provides a virtual tour and historical background about LoC, with links and podcasts.

By Al Gore and Push Pop Press. Although this app is not about really about history, it shows the possibilities of ebook publishing and scientific books, where data visualizations could be crucial. In fact, this app is an ebook. An ebook that you can read, watch, listen and interact with.

You can watch a demo given at TED talks.

Web Readings Weekly Roundup (17th May)

With Daniel J. Cohen, Federica Frabetti and Dino Buzzetti: “Distinguished scholars at different points in their careers, all working within the digital humanities.

A very good bibliography list, by Jason Heppler, to introduce Digital History.

A blog post by Bethany Nowviskie, about Creative Commons Licenses in scholarly blogging communication.

This new interface for Google Books allows you to search more than 155 billion (155,000,000,000) words in more than 1.3 million books of American English from 1810-2009 (including 62 billion words from 1980-2009). Although this “corpus” is based on Google Books data, it is not an official product of Google or Google Books, but rather it was created by Mark Davies, Professor of Linguistics at Brigham Young University, and it is related to other large corpora that we have created.

Web Readings Weekly Roundup (10th May)

Ryan Cordell talks about advantages of asking students to use Google Docs Forms, rather than printing out workshop sheets.

April’s issue of Academic Commons. From the website “This collaborative issue with NITLE features two case studies exploring how digital technologies are reshaping humanities inquiry and pedagogical practice, through projects that expand and deepen classroom-based learning.

A question on the Association for Computers and the Humanities website with answers that provide links to bibliography on the subject.

The 2011 volume of the open-access and peer-reviewed journal, Culture Machine.

This project is about BBC data and how it can be visualised in a creative and informative way. In blurring the boundary between art and information DataArt aims to reach both experts and non-experts alike to grow interest in a media area of increasing public importance.

by Professor William G. Thomas, “We still need to find more ways to open history. The digital technologies allow us to do this now more than ever, of course, but it remains unclear just how far historians will move in this direction.

To support researchers in producing high quality research data for long-term use, the UK Data Archive has revised and expanded its popular and highly cited Managing and Sharing Data: best practice for researchers, first published in 2009.

Web Readings Weekly Roundup (3rd May)

An article, on the open peer-reviewed journal First Monday, about collaboration in digital humanities and interdisciplinary collaboration.

From Stanford University, “researchers map thousands of letters exchanged in the 18th century’s “Republic of Letters” and learn at a glance what it once took a lifetime of study to comprehend.

An article from Perspectives, about the use of Twitter: “Twitter offers history students a chance at practicing source analysis through an electronic medium. More importantly, though, Twitter reinforces how our historical skills of analysis are vital to today’s WiFi world. Twitter is a significant testing ground of the skills of critical analysis students desperately need in today’s high-speed culture.

Four videos showing pilot projects at the cutting edge of research in digital humanities. Recorded at the National Endowment for the Humanities in September 2010, at a meeting of project managers who received start-up grants from NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities.

VII International Conference on ICT in Education

The VII International Conference on ICT in Education will be held in Braga, 12,13 May 2001.

Beyond the technological support for knowledge networks, ICT has been contributing decisively to the creation of knowledge building scenarios in a network, in which mediation in collaborative learning environments and social staff plays a key role, but for which the sustainability is necessary to identify models, strategies and lines of intervention / action to respond to changing needs in Education for the XXI Century.

In this sense, rather than integrating ICT in Education and the School, the current challenge involves identifying the prospects for Innovation in Education, which we choose as our guiding theme for the work undertaken under this conference.

Submission deadline of proposals for papers, symposia and posters is February 28, 2011.

More information at: http://www.nonio.uminho.pt/challenges2011/