Author Archives: tjowens

Curating in the Open: Martians, Old News, and the Value of Sharing as you go

This is ultimately a story about how doing research for an online exhibition ended up sparking articles on Boing Boing, i09, and The Atlantic which explored a theme from the exhibit eight months before the exhibit would launch. I think … Continue reading

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PastPlay as the Digital Humanities

I was invited to review Kevin Kee’s new edited volume Pastplay: Teaching and Learning History with Technology for the current issue of The American Historian. The author agreement allows one to post the “manuscript” version of this kind of thing to one’s … Continue reading

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Wherein I Answer 13 Questions About Digital Humanities Blogging

Matt Burton, PhD candidate in the University of Michigan’s iSchool, is writing his dissertation on the role that blogs play in scholarly communication, primarily focused on digital humanities blogs. He asked me if I would respond to a set of … Continue reading

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Digital Public History Course for an iSchool

I’m excited to announce that I will be teaching my digital public history graduate seminar again! I am tweaking the course I taught for American University’s Public History Program (in 2011 and 2012) and will be teaching it as a … Continue reading

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Personal Digital Archeology Illustrated

Bundled up inside sectors of many of our hard disks you can find the traces of our digital past recursively tucked away in a hastily named directories. Our Old Files form layers of digital sediment ripe for personal digital archeology. … Continue reading

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Linked Open Crowdsourced Description: A Sketch

Systems and tools for crowdsourcing transcription and description proliferate, and libraries and archives are getting increasingly serious about collectively figuring out how to let others describe and transcribe their stuff. At the same time, there continues to be a lot … Continue reading

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Where to Start? On Research Questions in The Digital Humanities

How should digital humanities scholars develop research questions? Spurred on by this recent conversation on twitter, I figured I would lay out a few different ways to go about answering this question about questions. The gist of the dialog is … Continue reading

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Digital Archivists: Doing or Leading the Digital?

I’ve been enjoying Jackie Dooly’s recent series of posts looking at the skills and duties that are showing up in job postings for digital archivists.  I’m excited to see archives listing these. Staffing up illustrates how the issues of electronic … Continue reading

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Mecha-Archivists: Envisioning the Role of Software in the Future of Archives

I had the privilege of participating in The Radcliffe Workshop on Technology and Archival Processing a few weeks back. I was thrilled to be on a great panel with some early career historians and Maureen Callahan. Maureen posted her talk … Continue reading

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Einstein as Science Santa: Monumental Meanings & Wil Wheaton

Recently, Wil Wheaton posted a picture and quote on twitter and his blog (That time I met Albert Einstein) making use of the Albert Einstein Memorial at the National Academy of Science. It’s great, he is sitting on Einstein’s lap, … Continue reading

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