Jul 12, 2011 News
- Professors Consider Classroom Uses for Google Plus by Jeff Young
“Google Plus, the social-networking platform, is so new that most Internet users are not yet able to see it—an invitation is required while the service is in its test phase. But some professors who have tried it say they already see possible uses for teaching and research if the service catches on.”
“Our main goal is to promote the use of Android based technology in educational environments. We will do this in two ways. First, we plan to develop and support our own suite of applications specifically designed for academics. You can find info about that on our apps page. Second, we will post tips and tricks to help academics get the most out of their Android devices.”
“An unofficial Google Maps blog tracking the websites, mashups and tools being influenced by Google Maps.”
- Collaboration and Ownership in Student Writing by Jason B. Jones
“The potential relationship between collaboration-based pedagogies and social/collaborative online platforms is almost proverbial. At the same time, anyone who’s ever tried to get first-year students to take peer review seriously knows that there is often real resistance to meaningful collaboration.”
“Scholars working in the humanities and social sciences now find that they are working with ever larger data sets. We can already see the beginnings of a new genre, what we might call “big history”–the use of large-scale data in historical inquiry. The challenge before us is significant. The Aurora Engine at the heart of our project addresses a significant cyberinfrastructure research problem–developing an open source, community-driven system for assembling, sharing, editing, and analyzing spatio-temporal large-scale data in a wide range of formats.“
Apr 26, 2011 News
A recent community-based historic destinations directory where users can search for historic sites to visit during holidays. Users can add places to the website or planning a visit.
A post by Professor Mike O’Malley at George Mason University, about the changes in teaching.
- The architecture of access to scientific knowledge: just how badly we have messed this up [Video, 1h19m]
A talk, at CERN, by Lawrence Lessig, professor at Harvard Law School. “In this talk, Professor Lessig will review the evolution of access to scientific scholarship, and evaluate the success of this system of access against a background norm of universal access.While copyright battles involving artists has gotten most of the public’s attention, the real battle should be over access to knowledge, not culture. That battle we are losing.”
“Sensate is an online, media-based journal for the creation, presentation, and critique of innovative projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Our aim is to build on the current groundswell of pioneering activities in the digital humanities, scholarly publishing, and innovative media practice to integrate new modes of scholarship into the cognitive life of the academy and beyond.”
- Divided and Conquered: How Multivarious Isolation Is Suppressing Digital Humanities Scholarship [PDF]
A NITLE white paper about “the scope and impact of isolation on the development of the digital humanities at liberal arts institutions.”
From Lev Manovich’s blog: “In this article I address some of the theoretical and practical issues raised by emerging “big data”-driven social science and humanities. My observations are based on my own experience over last three years with big data projects carried out in my lab at UCSD and Calit2 (softwarestudies.com). The issues which we will discuss include the differences between “deep data” about a few and “surface data” about the many; getting access to transactional data; and the new “data analysis divide” between data experts and the rest of us.“
The Warsaw Uprising Museum is exhibiting, from the 1st of August a 3D film reconstructing the state of destruction in which the Warsaw city was found after the II World War.
An impressive project!
More details on the project are available on the official website, but only in Polish, for now, we hope!
Here is the trailer
New media has become the number one source of information for the people who use them. If you use FriendFeed or Twitter, two systems that allow communication in real time, you probably already got news about an event that happened just a few minutes ago or you even followed an event, while it was happening, which is very frequently in conferences, where participants transmit what is occurring in real time, through Twitter.
But how about past/historical events?
In less than four hours, you will be able to follow, minute by minute in real time, the launch of Apollo 11, in its voyage to the moon, in a celebration of the 40 years of the event.
The idea is not new. In April, this year, a group of people decided to commemorate the date of the Portuguese Revolution of 1974, by transmitting through Twitter (only in Portuguese), minute by minute in real time, the events that led to the coup d’état.
It would be interesting to study these cases to find out how this kind of activity can improve the public knowledge of the past.
Jun 23, 2009 News
As we wrote before, Digital Humanities Conference 2009 started yesterday and will run until thursday, at University of Maryland, USA. Even if you couldn’t attend, you can still follow the conference due to the efforts of the organizers and participants.
arts-humanities.net have set up a discussion forum, that is open for everyone and invites users to share their thoughts. You can read a summary of some of the keynotes presented in this conference.
The Digital Library Blog at Boston University is doing live blogging, and you can follow it at Digilib.
If you prefer more immediacy, you can follow Twitter hashtag #dh09, to know what is being discussed. Don’t forget to insert #dh09 in your tweets, in order to join the discussion.
Thank you to all the participants that are sharing their thoughts (via Forum, Twitter or Live Blogging) on this conference with those who couldn’t attend.
Omeka is a free and open source collections based web-based publishing platform for scholars, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, educators, and cultural enthusiasts. Its “five-minute setup” makes launching an online exhibition as easy as launching a blog. Omeka is designed with non-IT specialists in mind, allowing users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming. – in Omeka Website
Omeka is design to be easy to install and to use. You can create rich collections adhering to Dublin core standards with items like still images, moving images, documents, sound, interactive resources ou even lessons plans. You can choose from several themes and use several plugins like the Geolocation plugin or the Coins plugin that adds metadata to item show pages, making them Zotero compatible. Check the plugins page at Omeka website to see other type of add-ons.
In the Omeka about page you have several options on how to use Omeka, whether you are a scholar, a museum professional, a librarian, an archivist, an educator or an enthusiast.
You have detailed instructions on how to install Omeka on your web server here.
Omeka on your Desktop
A small note on the instructions: in step 6, instead of running the command “a2enmode rewrite” you should run “a2enmod rewrite“. (UPDATE: The instructions were already corrected)
I am using the latest release of Ubuntu as my desktop on my laptop and just easily installed Omeka, following those instructions.
You can see several websites that are running Omeka in the showcase.
The Center for History and New Media, that provides Omeka, Zotero and other resources, is asking for donations, if you want to help, you can do it here.
Jun 1, 2009 Reviews
Lisa Spiro, director of the Digital Media Center at Rice University’s Fondren Library, made a three posts series on her blog about the developments on Humanities in 2008.
The first post talks about the emergence of Digital Humanities, about the several essays and dialogues that try to define this field and the efforts to achieve collaboration and coordination in Digital Humanities.
The second post focus on digital scholarship, open access and resistances. The third article discusses the developments in Digital Humanities research.
The posts have many links to articles, essays and projects that gives us a very good overview of the Digital Humanities developments and are a worthwhile reading.
Thanks to Lisa for this great review.
Apr 8, 2009 Reviews
Imagine that a municipality department of a harbour town in Sweeden starts to preparing the fundaments of a new bridge and they found out the remains of an old tunnel used in the 16th and 17th centuries to transport goods on small boats to a marketplace in the centre of the town.
Imagine that they allow Jan Anders, a junior archaelogist, together with two volunteering students, to dig into the tunnel to see if there is something worth to rescue. Jan has only one week before the bridge works began again. Jan noted too that the ceiling of the tunnel it isn’t very stable.
Until now, this scenario is not so different from others from today, where political decisions and unstable excavations do not coincide with archaeological works and time.
But let’s imagine further. Suppose Jan and his students found today five coins, which seemed to be not of Nordic origin, and some fragments of pottery and fabric. Then Jan decides to ask for help from the International Virtual Excavation Agency (IVEA) to get information about the finds and wether he should invest the effort to stabilize the walls and try to rescue possible further interesting finds.
He uses his hand-held 3D scanner from his portable excavation support kit to scans the pottery fragments and uploads them together with photographs of the coins onto IVEA database.
Meanwhile, the IVEA has issued a call for assistance and within two hours a group of experts in numismatics, pottery and fabrics joins in a virtual environment equipped with a digital archaeology workbench and access to relevant databases around the world.
They’ve found, through automatic digital image comparison technology, that coins were Spanish from the late 17th century. Pottery experts run the 3D objects of the shards through an application that suggests various shapes of the pottery. The most convincings results suggest that the pottery is a wine jug and after comparing it with typical Nordic jugs of the 18th century the experts confirm this finding as the most probable.
Meantime, an expert in acquisition of chemical data, assists Jan with the conservation and analysis of the fabric. Jan does not know how to handle the infrared microspectroscopy tool from his excavation support set, but the chemical expert can see him remotely and guides him handling the tool. They find the fabric is damask and has traces of substances associated with crimson pigment.
Jan reported the results to the responsible municipality department and the decision is taken to shore up the site and explorer it further, but nothing is found over the following days.
All the data, expert comments and annotations are assembled into a multimedia record of the excavation. (Arnold and Geser 2008, 45-46)
This is one of the five hypothetical future scenarios described by the European Network of Excellence in Open Cultural Heritage (EPOCH), co-funded by the European Commission, in its EPOCH Research Agenda for the Applications of ICT to Cultural Heritage, from which resulted a series of recommendations about the application of Information and Comunication Technologies (ICT) to Cultural Heritage (CH), describing topics and priorities for future research.
The EPOCH final report gives us a set of recommendations about the use and the future developments needed in several areas, from the promotion of interdisciplinarity and the effective dissemination and sharing of the results of the research work to the recommendation of EuroMACHS, as an example of European Masters degree programmes that are needed in Education. (Arnold and Geser 2008, 37)
The report has a strong focus on 3D technologies applied to Cultural Heritage sector. The recommendations range from the need of more develop on 3D digitization tools, mainly for objects like jewlery and glass objects to the creation of metadata for 3D objects. Developments of tools that allow to make searches by shape and material similarity, development of intelligent tools for capturing data that simplify the processes and reduce the level of ICT skills, and development of easy to use authoring tools, are other points focused.
Virtual Reality, which is able to provide virtual access to cultural heritage that is located in remote, difficult to reach and protected areas or which enables to present virtual reconstructions of objects or places that have been partially destroyed or entirely lost, mobile, location-based technology, applications from Web 2.0 and digital libraries, as a way of gathering content, are other points focused.
We can find in this report several recommendations and guidelines regarding the transfer of knowledge from Cultural Heritage institutions to organizations that can develop market-ready solutions and offer services.
Concerns about socio-economic relevance of Cultural Heritage, decision-making, valuation tools and indicator models are some of the topics described.
The importance of this report relies in a set of recommendations that can guide research in this area, providing knowledge of what is being done and what developments are needed. But this report can also stimulate our creativity regarding future developments and possibilities on Cultural Heritage ICT.
Read the EPOCH Research Agenda [pdf]
Arnold, David and Guntram Geser. EPOCH Research Agenda for the Applications of ICT to Cultural Heritage. EPOCH Project, 2008. http://www.epoch-net.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=200&Itemid=306