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Beth's Blog

Social Media and Cultural Communication


Electric Archaeology

  • #hist3907b promo poster
    I’ll be teaching a class on data mining & visualization for historians in the winter term next year. Here’s another promo poster for it.
    - 8 days ago, 2 Jun 14, 5:22pm -
  • #hist3812a promo poster
    #hist3812a, Videogames and simulations for historians. How can we write history through this medium? Should we?
    - 11 days ago, 31 May 14, 1:04am -
  • Still playing with historical maps into minecraft
    I managed to get my map of the zone between the Hogs’ back falls and Dow’s Lake (nee Swamp) into Minecraft. I completely screwed up the elevations though, so it’s a pretty ….interesting… landscape. I’ve trying again with a map … Continu…
    - 11 days ago, 30 May 14, 7:40pm -
  • #hist4805b promo poster
    I’ve been playing with to make a promo poster for my upcoming full year, fourth year, seminar on the antiquities trade. See it in full here:
    - 13 days ago, 29 May 14, 12:31am -
  • Historical Maps into Minecraft

    - 14 days ago, 27 May 14, 3:55pm -

Digitization 101

  • NEW!#SLA2014 : Big Data & Job Opportunities Panel
    This session was moderated by Jane Dysart.  Book - The Human Face of Big Data Promotional video for the book, Data is the exhaust of our lives. Amy Affelt (@aainfopro) - Librarians have always worked with…
    - 15 hours ago, 10 Jun 14, 12:04am -
  • NEW!#SLA2014 : Julie Clegg - Social Media for Investigative Professionals
    #SLA2014 : Julie Clegg - Social Media for Investigative Professionals (I was not able to stay for the entire session.) Clegg is a former UK police officer both as a uniformed officer and worked undercover.  Then moved into the intelligence unit.…
    - 20 hours ago, 9 Jun 14, 6:34pm -
  • NEW!#SLA2014 : Monitoring Social Media: Beyond Lurking
    Zena Applebaum (@ZappleCI): Social Media - Turning Noise into ActionWhat are the leading social media tools?Monitor social media for tone, content frequency, trends.Put context around what you're looking for and why.Figure out your key intelligence t…
    - 22 hours ago, 9 Jun 14, 4:30pm -
  • NEW!Copy-me series
    Yesterday I mentioned a documentary on copyright. Alex Lungu, who co-created that, is now creating a series called "Copy-me" and has just concluded an Indiegogo campaign to help fund it.  The web site already contains a lot of informatio…
    - 23 hours ago, 9 Jun 14, 3:25pm -
  • NEW!#SLA2014 : More Than Pretty Pictures: A Guide to Data Visualization for Info Pros
    Marcy Phelps, owner of Phelps Research, presented on this topic to a standing room only crowd.  She began doing visualization because of her work with marketing professionals, who liked visualization.  Phelps has placed her slides on her web site (…
    - 2 days ago, 8 Jun 14, 8:00pm -


Matt's Sci/Tech Blog

  • Book Review: Daedalus and the Deep
    Another entry in the recent wave of sea-creature novels is Matthew Willis' Daedalus and the Deep.(Cotero Publishing, 2012: 248pp.) It's a unique and rather delightful book.Willis takes as his starting point a true event, the report of a "sea serpent"…
    - 4 days ago, 7 Jun 14, 2:43am -
  • A month beneath the sea
    Two decades ago, there were several long-dwell scientific habitats scattered on the continental shelves of the world. Now there is just one, Aquarius Reef Base off the Florida Keys.  Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques, will dive today to join a fi…
    - 9 days ago, 1 Jun 14, 4:02pm -
  • The cryptozoology "absence of evidence" thing again
    "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." - Bernard Heuvelmans, the father of cryptozoology, wrote that, and it's been quoted ever since. Is it valid?I've dealt with this before, but I didn't resolve it. It's still pretty complicated.Scientif…
    - 10 days ago, 1 Jun 14, 1:20am -
  • Private Group Revives NASA Probe
    In 1997, the International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3), its extended mission completed, was left to its own devices in space. No one even tried to talk to the venerable probe (launched in 1978), which had studied cosmic rays, comets, and solar phe…
    - 10 days ago, 1 Jun 14, 12:22am -
  • Birthday: Dr. Sally K. Ride
    Dr. Sally Ride would have been 63 today.  America's first woman in space - and the first woman to really EARN a spaceflight rather than being rushed up as a stunt - was born in California in 1951. She earned three degrees in physics and one in Engli…
    - 15 days ago, 26 May 14, 9:29pm -


  • Gender role literacy: Girls in science?
    There are gender wars, and then there are casualties. It wasn’t until 2011 that the behemoth toymaker LEGO acknowledged girls’ desire to build with bricks, even though the company had long before made a seemingly effortless pivot to co-branding,…
    - 97 days ago, 5 Mar 14, 6:35pm -
  • Challenges of crowdsourcing: Analysis of Historypin
    Crowdsourcing can build virtual community, engage the public, and build large knowledge databases about science and culture. But what does it take, and how fast can you grow? For some insight, we look at a crowdsourced history site: Historypin is an…
    - 9 Dec 13, 3:36pm -
  • Dinovember: Creative literacy starts young
    “Uh-oh,” Refe Tuma heard his girls whisper. “Mom and Dad are not going to like this.” It’s Dinovember, and his family’s plastic dinosaurs have been getting into mischief all month. Every year, Tuma and his wife devote the month of Novem…
    - 18 Nov 13, 5:01pm -
  • Drones put a face on nature and culture
    A new generation of small video cameras and consumer robotic helicopters make amazing video shots possible. Stick your phone on a drone for enchanting views of the natural world, architecture, museums, and more. Here’s a cool new video flying a dro…
    - 1 Nov 13, 4:38pm -
  • What are the most important articles in Wikipedia?
    Wikipedia has 4,362,397 articles in English.  But how many of those are seriously encyclopedic, and what are the most important articles? We’ve been looking closely at Wikipedia for an upcoming app. We wanted to know the most important articles.…
    - 29 Oct 13, 4:25am -

Chemical Heritage Foundation

  • Philly Beer Week
    Beer Week is winding down in Philadelphia. Self described as “the largest beer celebration of its kind in America,” the festival features such events as this beer garden at the Shambles at Headhouse Square and the tapping of rare and unusual b…
    - 4 days ago, 6 Jun 14, 5:00pm -
  • A Day at Dogfish Head Brewery
    In late April I was lucky enough to join my teammates on a trip to film the Dogfish Head brewery. Ostensibly I was there to take pictures and write about the trip, but I suspect the real reason I was invited was to drive everyone home in case the b…
    - 6 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 6:35pm -
  • Distillations May Webcast: Intoxication & Civilization
    Our May webcast takes on the frothy subject of beer, and explores the science, culture, and history behind the suds."Intoxication and Civilization: Beer’s Ancient Past" features beer and wine archaeologist Patrick E. McGovern and chemist Roger Ba…
    - 13 days ago, 28 May 14, 1:40pm -
  • Too Much Knowledge?
    Information overload feels like the curse of our time. And according to historian of science Robert Fox, people felt the same way over 2,000 years ago. Even such a figure as Socrates worried about it. The invention of printing in the 15th century m…
    - 15 days ago, 26 May 14, 2:01pm -
  • On Fraudulent Sophistications of Beer
    This rather astounding book cover comes with an astoundingly long title: A treatise on adulterations of food, and culinary poisons: exhibiting the fraudulent sophistications of bread, beer, wine, spirituous liquors, tea, coffee, cream, confectioner…
    - 21 days ago, 20 May 14, 2:30pm -