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
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.