Digital Projects

One Week One Tool: Outreach Specialist

One Week One Tool was a one week institute for twelve participants on the principles of humanities-centered tool design, development, and implementation funded through the National Endowment for the Humanities Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Program. The project was directed by Tom Scheinfeldt. I served as the outreach and community specialist. In that role I lead a conversation about outreach and dissemination, and helped the outreach team kick off their plans. I posted about my comments about outreach and scholarly software are posted to my blog.

Playing History: Collaborative Directory of Online Games

There are tons of free historical games, interactives and simulations on the web. Playing history aggregates info on these resources in a simple, searchable database making it easy to find, rate, and review historical games. The site currently has 126 shared games. As my first experience with developing a significant web project it was a challenging undertaking. I learned how to design web resources for different audiences, how to create page mock-ups in Illustrator and Photoshop, how to translate those mockups into HTML and CSS, and how to use Omeka as a content publishing system. As evidence of my success, the PlayingHistory has been used by more than 20,000 teachers since I launched it nearly two years ago.

Explore the directory at PlayingHistory.org

Zotero: Open Source Community Development

From December of 2006 to October of 2010 I served as the Community Lead and “Technology Evangelist” for the Center for History and New Media Zotero project. I was responsible for developing, managing, and evaluating our outreach efforts to promote Zotero, an open source research management tool. Accompanying this task, I was responsible for representing the diverse community of users needs in the ongoing and iterative development of the software.

My principle responsibility in this role was encouraging students, teachers, and researchers to adopt Zotero. In this role I designed, organized, evaluated and lead 3 workshops for university and professional librarians on using and implementing Zotero, acted as the primary author of the Zotero blog, wrote a majority of the software documentation, gave presentations at a range of national and international library, education and history conferences, produced screencasts, and served as a sort of ombudsmen for the Zotero user community.

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