Here is the link to the Google Doc Trevor set up to catalog strengths and weaknesses of various software packages for digital collections.
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I’ve just posted something (with a few pictures) on “History@Work” about our collective debriefing conversation from today’s camp.
Thanks for the great day, everyone!
~ Cathy Stanton
Here is new format for digital scholarly publishing I an considering for my new “book” project : a “perpetual history” that would be released serially and then refined and expanded for an indefinite period, rather like a one author Wikipedia article. Is this good idea? How could such a work be made interesting and useful for both scholars and Internet users, and legitimate as a form of scholarly publication? What platform should be used to create it? Citations would be the big problem. They have to be there, and it would be so exciting to have readers be able to click through to actual sources, but how could that be accomplished?
Discussion of this idea could easily be grouped in with other people’s idea for new formats.
In my first post about a series of 10-minute tutorials, some people commented that they would like a separate workshop on starting & constructing your own website. This workshop will feature WordPress tools because they are some of the most simple, popular, and powerful to use today. Some steps might include:
Here are three different types of WordPress sites that I have created, each for a different purpose:
This workshop idea is more than what we can accomplish during the first 10-minute tutorial session, so that’s why I’m suggesting it here as a separate one, to see if there’s sufficient interest. If yes, I’m willing to start it up (have projector, will travel) and anyone is welcome to learn, share, and teach (since there are several people at THATCamp with more experience than me.)
Although I am not as experienced as some in the world of digital history, as a grad student in both history and information science with a concentration in archives, I have had trouble grappling with the concept of provenance and original order within digital collections. Thanks to the amazing accessibility the web offers, students and researchers (especially us historians) will often be looking at images and documents far out of the context (and order) that they are situated in within the safety of a physical archives. With this change in presentation of records and documents and focus from a collection as a whole to single, free-standing documents, the digitization of collections has prompted the questions: Is there room for provenance and original order in the digital world? I would like to see a session that addresses the changes collections go through when digitized and placed on the internet, and what that means for provenance and original order. Most especially, I hope to discuss how researchers and archivists alike (in their respective manners) should/can adapt to this new(er) challenge.
I am really curious about ThinkUp which is a relatively new open-source application that archives and analyzes data from social media sites such as facebook, twitter, google+, etc..
The implications of an app that can organize this information (tweets, retweets, “likes”, archived posts and comments, dashboard projections of use) seems far-reaching for organizations that are beginning to rely more and more on social media outlets to project their image and mission out into the world.
I thought it would be interesting to discuss this apps potential use in digital history projects, museum institutions, historical societies and grass-roots historical organizations that rely heavily on social media platforms.
We could also talk about how people use other content aggregators to advance their organizations: What they use and how they use them.
I work with many older immigrants and newer refugees, and I’m interested especially in exploring ways to design digital experiences in a way that welcomes people across generations, technical skills and levels of technical access. (This is not to say that older means non-technical — but too often it means that they do not have access to newer technologies, even though they’d like to use online resources.) Kind of cultural Universal Design.
More and more places seem to be producing mobile phone applications. With the rise in technology, and the decrease in costs to produce the technology, it makes logical sense to start seeing mobile phone apps in cultural institutions. I am interested in finding out how to utilize a mobile phone application to benefit the institution as well as the people using the application.
I am really interested in seeing how applications are being used correctly, and how they aren’t. Using technology allows museums to reach a new audience, so how can museums embrace that with applications.