Author Archives: tjowens

The Invention & Dissemination of the Transparent GIF: Traces in Web Archives

Tiny transparent image files have played a significant role in the history of the Web. Digital folklorist, Olia Lina has done some great work exploring the presence of spacer GIFs in the Geocities web archive and on how those GIFs … Continue reading

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Review: Preserving Complex Digital Objects

The following is a pre-print of a book review of Preserving Complex Digital Objects which I was invited to write for the Journal of Academic Librarianship. I wrote it in December of 2014. I keeping with everything on this site, it … Continue reading

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To Show For It: Links, Lists & Paper from Four Years at LC

I had originally intended this to be a post for The Signal, but it ended up having more of a personal bent to it so it made more sense for it to go here. Like everything on this site, nothing here reflects … Continue reading

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Advance Praise for Designing Online Communities

My book proofs have been finalized and it now has a cover! Along with that, Amazon seems to think it will be out in March. So in advance of that, I thought I would share the “advance praise” quotes I … Continue reading

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Mobile, Bots, Sound Studies & Video Games: Things In My New Digital Public History Grad Seminar

Huge thanks to everyone who weighed in on what I should add to my Digital Public History Graduate Seminar. I thought folks here might be interested in seeing how that all turned out. So, you can check out the course … Continue reading

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Digital Library Infrastructures, Cosmos Exhibition, Digital Folklore & Dissertation -> Book: 2014 in Review

Another year. Another chance to push the pause button for a bit and try and make some sense of what it is I’ve been doing. As I did in 2012 and 2013, I am taking a few minutes to try … Continue reading

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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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