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Beth's Blog

  • NEW!Two Must Read Reports on Nonprofit Capacity Building
    Two reports have been released on the topic of capacity building:   “Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together,” from GrantCraft, a service of the Foundation Center and “Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity” from GEOfund…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:10pm -
  • NEW!The Performance Imperative: A Framework for Social Sector Excellence
    “The Performance Imperative:  A Framework for Social Sector Excellence, the result of a  full year of collaborative work by the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, a group of nonprofit leaders coalesced and coordinated by the Leap of Reason…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 3:09pm -
  • Shadowing To Learn Web Video: DoGooder Awards Voting
    Recently, I’ve been reading the ideas from The Presencing Institute (PI), an action-research community that “creates social technologies, builds capacities, and generates holding spaces for profound societal renewal.”  The Presencing Institut…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 4:06pm -
  • 4 Games Supporting Nonprofits’s Missions, from Low-Tech to High-Tech
    Note from Beth: I went to my first Games for Change Festival ten years ago, in 2005 and have been a fan and supporter ever since.  They also offer any reader of Beth’s Blog a special discount code of 10% on the conference registeration (use this…
    - 9 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 4:23pm -
  • How To Make Meetings Work for Your Nonprofit (whether you are sitting,standing, or walking!)
    Last week, I co-presented a Guidestar webinar with Andrea Kihlstedt on the topic of healthy and productive meetings who talked about the basics for making meetings highly effective. I spoke about standing and  walking meetings.   This post shar…
    - 10 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 5:10pm -

Social Media and Cultural Communication


  • NEW!Girls Exploring Math and Science 2015

    - 18 hours ago, 28 Feb 15, 1:00pm -
  • NEW!“On the Trail” Children’s Heritage Excursion
    Just in time for the rodeo, little cowboys and cowgirls can learn how the American cowboy shares ways of life with the Bedouin and the Native American. These nomadic cultures are featured when the Archaeological Institute of America, Houston, present…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 1:00pm -
  • NEW!12 Perks of Presenting HMNS Outreach
    After bringing live animals, exotic insects, chemistry demos, and more to over 500 area schools and community organizations last year, the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Outreach Programs are ready to hit the road in 2015! It takes quite a vi…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 1:00pm -
  • How to Spread and Mount a Butterfly – Video Tutorial Part I
    HMNS entomologist Erin Mills walks you through how to mount and display a butterfly in this 4-part video tutorial.  Part I: Supplies Check back next week for Part II!  
    - 5 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 2:00pm -

Electric Archaeology

  • The Data Driven DJ
    The ‘Data Driven DJ‘ project is brilliant. I can see so much potential in it. I intend to write more about it soonish, but you should go and look at this project now. Run. Don’t walk! Watch this: Also, note this: I don’t have very specific gu…
    - 16 days ago, 13 Feb 15, 2:00pm -
  • Rocker and Docker and Daemons …. oh my!
    I’m teaching a course at the moment on data mining, visualization, and other sundry topics. Right now, the course takes place in the physical world but this time next year, it will be a completely online course (and students at Carleton U, U Waterl…
    - 16 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 8:03pm -
  • Hearing the Past
    what follows is our draft chapter for ‘Seeing the Past‘, a colloquium hosted by Kevin Kee at Brock University. The chapter will eventually be published in ‘Seeing the Past: Augmented Reality and Computer Vision in History’…
    - 55 days ago, 5 Jan 15, 3:36pm -
  • Sherlock Holmes, Samuel Vimes, and Archaeological Equifinality
    Sherlock: How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? Sam Vimes: … he distrusted the kind of person who’d take one look at another man and say in a lordly voi…
    - 62 days ago, 29 Dec 14, 3:10pm -
  • Text Analysis of the Grand Jury Documents
    I watched Twitter and the CBC while the prosecutor was reading his statement. I watched the live feeds from Ferguson, and other cities around the US. Back in August, when this all first began, I was glued to my computer, several feeds going at once.…
    - 94 days ago, 27 Nov 14, 2:42am -

Digitization 101

  • Fair Use Fundamentals Infographic
    The Fair Use Week web site has this infographic on Fair Use Fundamentals.  Thankfully, it carries a Creative Commons license, so you are able to share and reuse it, if you wish - and I think you will indeed wish to use it!This work is licensed under…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 2:30pm -
  • Another copyright video from John Green
    John Green provides a wonderful illustration of several problems with current copyright law in this video entitled "Across Three Continents: A Tale of Tumblr, Copyright, and Excellent Posters." I encourage you to take a few minutes and watch it.--Th…
    - 9 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 3:02pm -
  • Video: Places I've Never Been
    This is AWESOME!  Author John Green explains where a quote attributed to him really came from, and tries to set the record straight. Mis-attributions are quite easy these days with the Internet. Wouldn't it be nice if we all worked to get the attri…
    - 11 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 2:44pm -
  • Blog post: Fair Use: The Foundation of Jon Stewart’s Success
    In this blog post, Jonathan Band talks about how Jon Stewart was able to use Fair Use to use clips in his commentary.  As Band says: But for fair use, Stewart’s rebroadcast of these clips would be willful copyright infringement, subject to statut…
    - 12 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 2:00pm -
  • Blog post: Mental Labor, Books, Objects, and the Origins of American Copyright Law
    The Society for U.S. Intellectual History (S-USIH) has a blog.  Kurt Newman wrote a fascinating post in January on the origin of copyright law in the United States. We know that the federal law was enacted in 1790, but what happened before then?  H…
    - 13 days ago, 16 Feb 15, 2:00pm -


  • E-seminar on the Energy and Digital Living website by Sarah Pink et al
    This is the opening post of the EASA Media Anthropology Network’s 50th e-seminar, convened by Veronica Barassi (Goldsmiths). The session is currently under way. E-seminars are free and open to anyone with a genuine interest in the anthropology of m…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 6:25am -
  • Digital ethnography: ‘being there’ physically, remotely, virtually and imaginatively
    A revised version of this post will appear in Pink, S., H. Horst, J. Postill, L. Hjorth, T. Lewis and J. Tacchi. 2015, Forthcoming. Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practices. London: Sage. IN 2003 AND 2004 I conducted anthropological fieldwork in…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 5:59pm -
  • 13. Six ways of doing digital ethnography
    This is the thirteenth instalment in the freedom technologists series. A revised version will appear in Pink, S., H. Horst, J. Postill, L. Hjorth, T. Lewis and J. Tacchi. 2015, Forthcoming. Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practices. London: Sage.…
    - 44 days ago, 16 Jan 15, 4:25pm -
  • 12. Freedom technologists and protest formulas in Egypt
    Originally posted on CONNECTED in CAIRO:What can formulaic expression tell us about media and social change? For one thing, to study technology users rather than technologies, says John Postill in a recent article. There’s a new article out from Jo…
    - 71 days ago, 20 Dec 14, 8:25am -
  • Aggregation vs. networking: a conversation between Paolo Gerbaudo and Jeff Juris
    These are the first few exchanges of an ongoing public conversation between the social movements scholars Paolo Gerbaudo and Jeff Juris, with Sasha Constanza-Shock and myself chipping in as required. It all started on Twitter a couple of days ago, bu…
    - 72 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 6:29am -

Matt's Sci/Tech Blog

  • NEW!Pick a Peck of Paleontology Postings
    There's a lot going on in the world of long-dead animals. There doesn't seem to be an end in finding prehistoric species.  We know, logically, that a limited numbers of species have lived on Earth, but we clearly haven't found them all yet, and they…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 11:21pm -
  • Goodbye to a hero of science
    You can say"heroine" if you want, but I like Sigourney Weaver's argument that a "heroine" is someone who needs rescuing, while the hero is a person who does the rescuing.  Dr. Eugenie Clark tried to rescue the entire ocean system of the planet Earth…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 10:47pm -
  • The puzzling Red Planet
    Mars has gotten our attention from the ancient days, when it was Ares, the God of War, to the latest probes by rovers and orbiting spacecraft.  While nowhere near Earth's size, it's the only planet in the solar system that might harbor life similar…
    - 11 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 6:38pm -
  • World's scariest fish? The frilled shark
    The frilled shark isn't the biggest of sharks. It has a clean record where maneating is concerned.  So why are its rare appearances greeted with such freaked-out responses from humans?Basically, the 2m frilled shark, like the goblin shark (which lo…
    - 24 days ago, 5 Feb 15, 2:21pm -
  • Hail Columbia: A Last Note on NASA's Day of Remembrance
    Recollections... Waking on a clear weekend morning here in Colorado, casually logging on to check my Email, seeing the banner, "NASA Loses Contact With Columbia." Turning on CNN. Watching more CNN. Explaining it to my daughter, then 11. Wondering how…
    - 28 days ago, 1 Feb 15, 5:02pm -


  • 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,…
    - 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 -

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