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Can Google Books Serve Scholars Better…?

YES!! Of course. And this article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed identifies some of the key problems the current search model of Google Books poses for scholars. (Since it’s a Chronicle article, it’ll probably be moved behind their wall

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Posted in Digital History, Research and Writing

History and the New Media

Speaking of “new” media– together with panel organizers Kimberly Gauderman (UNM) and Rachel O’Toole (UCI), I’m helping put together an un-panel of sorts for the Andean Studies section of CLAH. We are hoping to hold a discussion at the San Diego 2010 AHA on “The Future of the Andean Past” by first posting a series of 1000-1500 word essays on the panel’s blog that deal with the state of the discipline. Hopefully then members of the Andean Studies section as well as any other interested Latin American historians will comment on the posts, and give direction to the discussion in San Diego. I have high hopes for this model, because I love the idea of participatory panels in which the audience does not simply passively consume a number of papers that may or may not have continuity.

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Posted in Conference Reports, Digital History, Latin American History

open source publishing and the tenure book

The NEH, as with other federal government funding agencies, wants to see the broadest and most open possible dissemination of the work it funds– which is, I think, and good source of pressure to move humanities scholars in the direction of open access. … Fear of the effects on career advancement, including tenurabiltiy, continues to form the back drop for resistance in the humanities for open access publishing– how do we determine the relative prestige of venues in a new system? … I’m really thinking about how to make access to my research and work more open, while cognizant of the the current realities of tenure review. … Until open publishing matures and tenure review and advancement committees in humanities departments come to terms with the changing landscape of publication, this type of model may be a workable solution to move towards open access.

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Posted in Digital History, Research and Writing

digital ethnography at k-state

Micheal Wesch, the 2008 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Professor of the Year, has has posted a description of his Digital Ethnography class, and how its technological and participatory aspects fit together. It is very useful for getting

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world digital library and latin america

The World Digital Library is now up and running, and has some really interesting resources for teaching Latin American history. There are currently 320 items listed for Latin America and the Caribbean, second only behind Europe. Many of the images

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music and tech

I made a comment about this on Steve Wheeler’s blog a few days ago, and have been thinking about it since. In the many conversations I’ve had recently about edupunk, the term punk has been as much of an obstacle

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edupunk presentation slides

OK, so here are the slides I put together for tomorrow’s edupunk talk, plus a new ending to punk it up a bit more. It won’t make sense without the conversation going on around each of the slides, and in

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