Sessions and Ideas

Information Cartography at Work Work

January 13, 2010

My good intentions of creating up to four “sub-blogs” to accompany my original posting “Information Cartography” went… you know. I’ll keep centered around work-work as that’s what people have responded to, and if anybody wants to talk about anything else, meet me at the piano bar.

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Increasing Public Participation and Collaboration

January 13, 2010

The Ohio Historical Society, in collaboration with the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at the Cleveland State University Department of History, recently launched a website,, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The website serves as a hub for Ohio communities to promote their commemorative events and share their knowledge […]

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Sourcing, surfing, and sharing: let’s talk about the crowd

January 13, 2010

I’m interested in talking about the evolution of crowdsourcing in a digital sense, and in hearing about solutions, problems, and pie-in-the-sky future ideas. Staff at the Library of Congress and NARA posted images to Flickr Commons, and have found that users enjoy adding metadata and interacting with the materials. Museum efforts such as the Brooklyn […]

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Teaching about technology as a prerequisite to teaching with technology?

January 13, 2010

I have been reading fellow attendees posts on digital literacy and teaching/learning with technology with interest, and I’d like to collaborate on at least one session talking about these topics. In the past two years, I’ve taught two fully-online courses as well as a seminar with a significant online component (required blog participation and a […]

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Visualization Tools – c

January 12, 2010
Visualization Tools – c

(I just discovered a wonderful “data mining as literary criticism” presentation, and so recycled an earlier posting on datamining to offer this instead). Digital Artist Ira Greenberg developed for me a poetry visualization tool using processing.  All kinds of interesting issues come up in the field of data visualization.  Too much of what we seen […]

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Text Encoding Projects for Small Institutions

January 12, 2010

Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library is in the first year of a five-year project to digitize and text-encode books on this area’s history. The project, Cleveland, Ohio and the Western Reserve Digital Text Collection, contains over 100 texts on the history of Cleveland and its surrounding area, which date from the early-nineteenth to […]

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Mapping, Social Networking and the Classroom

January 10, 2010

In 2006, the National Geographic Education Foundation and Roper Public Affairs published a report on geographic literacy. This report revealed a somewhat disturbing level of geographic literacy among Americans – both children and adults – citing a dramatic lack of understanding of geography, both local and world-wide. Internationally, despite the ongoing wars in the Middle […]

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Democratizing Urban Planning Practice

January 5, 2010

For years, practicing planners have been seeking substantive input from urban residents on their plans for new roads, rail systems, housing developments, and shopping centers. Having abandoned a “build now, ask questions later” mode of practice, we now seek input from affected residents because the result is a better city.  The primary modes of citizen […]

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Social Media, Creativity and Promotion

January 4, 2010

Traditional studio art education clearly defines artistic success. Creative efforts are considered validated by achieving gallery representation, receiving critical review and exhibiting artwork in traditional venues such as brick and mortar museums and galleries. But how relevant are these goals for most artists today? These elusive goals have been challenged fundamentally by social media and the […]

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Synchronicity: Merging Text with Audio/Video Components of Oral History Online

January 1, 2010

Oral History is a complex information package that has not yet fully realized its potential with regard to internet access.  Content management systems still generally treat the different components of oral history as separate entities.  You can search the text or you can listen / watch the interview but the different components are rarely integrated. […]

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