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Beth's Blog

  • NEW!#IFC2014 International Fundraising Congress: Inspire, Connect, Transform
    I’m just back from a trip to Europe where I  was part of the opening plenary at this year’s International Fundraising Congress outside of Amsterdam. (I also keynoted the NGO track at the Internet Festival in Pisa, Italy (more about that in sepa…
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:36pm -
  • 8 Reasons Why Bad Trainings Happen to Good Nonprofits
    Note from Beth: Last January, I put together a train the trainers session for nonprofit trainers.  You can find the presentation here and accompanying blog post, How To Think Like A Nonprofit Instructional Designer.   Over on the SalsaLabs blog, t…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 4:32pm -
  • A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills
    Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community.   The lab was facilitated by Heather Mcleod-Grant and Justin Ferrell, Director of Fellowships at the Stanford…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 3:43am -
  • Giving 2.0: The MOOC Launches Today: Sign Up for Free
    Giving 2.0: The MOOC, is a Stanford University-sponsored FREE online course intended to teach givers of all ages, backgrounds, incomes and experiences to give more effectively.  It launches today, so there is still time to sign up!    The instruc…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 4:22pm -
  • What can nonprofit technology trainers learn from the social work field to improve their training techniques?
    Last month, I spent two days teaching at University of Buffalo, School of Social Work.    During my visit, I gave a keynote at a nonprofit leadership conference, facilitated a workshop for social work agencies on networks and data, guest taught a…
    - 18 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 5:11pm -

Social Media and Cultural Communication

BEYONDbones

Electric Archaeology

  • What Careers Need History?
    We have a new website at CU today; one of the interesting things on it is a page under the ‘admissions’ section that describes many careers and the departments whose program might fit you for such a career. I was interested to know what careers w…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 6:39pm -
  • Historical Maps, Topography, Into Minecraft: QGIS
    Building your Minecraft Topography(An earlier version of this uses Microdem, which is just a huge page in the butt. I re-wrote this using Qgis, for my hist3812a students) If you are trying to recreate a world as recorded in a historical map, then mod…
    - 20 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 3:02pm -
  • Open Notebooks Part V: Notational Velocity and 1 superRobot
    The thought occurred that not everyone wants to take their notes in Scrivener. You might prefer the simple elegance and speed of Notational Velocity, for instance. Yet, when it comes time to integrate those notes, to interrogate those notes, to rearr…
    - 24 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 5:37pm -
  • Open Notebooks Part IV – autogenerating a table of contents
    I’ve got MDWiki installed as the public face of my open notebook. Getting it installed was easy, but I made it hard, and so I’ll have to collect my thoughts and remember exactly what I did… but, as I recall, it was this bit I found in the docum…
    - 26 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 1:56am -
  • Open notebooks part III
    I’ve sussed the Scrivener syncing issue by moving the process of converting out of the syncing folder (remember, not the actual project folder, but the ‘sync to external folder’). I then have created four automator applications to push my stuff…
    - 31 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 11:06pm -

Digitization 101

  • NEW!Version 2.0 of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)
    This announcement came to me in mid-September.  My apologies in not posting it sooner.  The event mentioned below is being held today (Oct. 20).The International Image Interoperability Framework community (http://iiif.io/) is pleased to announce th…
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:00pm -
  • Wayback Wednesday: Tips to help you as you attend conferences (including a new handout)
    Among my blog posts are posts that contains tips and other information related to attending conferences.  Those posts include:Call me maybe? (Business cards)ALA conference tips from T is for TrainingConference Codes of Conduct: Why they are importan…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 1:00pm -
  • The stratosphere in the library profession & a call for a change
    Since May of this year, there has been a conversation about how members of our profession conduct themselves at conferences.  The conversation has swirled, coalesced, and then swirled again...and its not yet done.  Rather than point you towards the…
    - 19 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 1:00pm -
  • #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.  She used what was then the traditional internet.  Has been in candidate…
    - 24 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 5:20pm -
  • Blog post: For God’s Sake, Stop Digitizing Paper
    In his blog post, Joshua Ranger argues that we should stop digitizing materials that are already in a stable format and turn out attention to those materials that are in an unstable format, like audio and video.  Ranger makes several interesting arg…
    - 39 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 1:00pm -

Media/Anthropology

  • Journalists and indignados: the importance of being there
    In 2011, the young Spanish journalist Juanlu Sánchez (@juanlusanchez) covered the indignados (15M) movement from its very inception, spending many long hours at Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square getting to know the occupiers. In this adaptation of an…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 1:30pm -
  • Snowden on winning the alternative Nobel prize
    via The Guardian Edward Snowden issues a recorded statement after being awarded Sweden’s Right Livelihood Honorary Award, dubbed the ‘alternative Nobel Prize’. The National Security Agency whistleblower says he accepts the award on behalf of th…
    - 25 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 7:47pm -
  • The Mediterranean Spring
    In this post the Spanish-Syrian blogger and activist Leila Nachawati recounts her participation in Spain’s indignados (15M) movement in the wake of the Arab Spring, as well as her efforts to explain this movement to friends and colleagues in the Ar…
    - 47 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 2:34pm -
  • The long-term impact of the new protest movements
    In early 2011, the Spanish blog entrepreneur Julio Alonso joined other netizens in switching his attention from internet issues to his country’s profound economic and political crisis. The story below recounts this transition as well as giving us A…
    - 57 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 3:48pm -
  • The five modes of self-tracking
    Originally posted on This Sociological Life:Recently I have been working on a conference paper that seeks to outline the five different modes of self-tracking that I have identified as currently in existence. I argue that there is evidence that the…
    - 74 days ago, 8 Aug 14, 5:08am -

Matt's Sci/Tech Blog

  • NEW!The fun (and science) of giant arthopods
    How big can jointed-legged animals (arthropods) get? Well, the answer (at least the answer for land animals) is all over the internet, and it's pretty darn scary. A Goliath spider commonly described as "puppy-sized" freaked out even the scientist wh…
    - 4 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 10:36pm -
  • Tomorrow... The Dolmen will be opened
    My first novel, The Dolmen, will be out on October 15 from Wolfsinger Publications as an ebook, available in paperback by October 24.  This blend of horror and police procedural, sprinkled with a little bit of science, will take you into an English…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 12:14am -
  • Book Review: Deep, by James Nestor
    Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves by James NestorEamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014272pp.        This book, like its subject, is breathtaking. Nestor takes…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 9:37pm -
  • Cryptozoology fiction: Eve, by J.M. Bailey
    EveJ.M. Baileyself-published (CreateSpace)2012I used to be able to keep up with all the cryptozoology novels: in the indie age, I couldn't hope to do so, so I have to pick the ones that look intriguing. Bailey's looked intriguing, and it was. I enjoy…
    - 15 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 1:28am -
  • A new whale in the Gulf of Mexico?
    Whale taxonomy - and taxonomy in general - is still not as precise as scientists would like. Some scientists suggest species in general are more variable than we once thought: some have given up on subspecies and other distinctions. DNA analysis pr…
    - 16 days ago, 4 Oct 14, 10:33pm -

Agogified

Idea.org

  • 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 -

Chemical Heritage Foundation

  • The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was given to three Japanese...
    The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was given to three Japanese researchers for developing the first commercial blue light-emitting diode (LED), but the original technology for a blue LED was developed in the early 1970s in Princeton, New Jersey.  In t…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 7:22pm -
  • When modern microscopy was still in its infancy in the 1870s, a...
    When modern microscopy was still in its infancy in the 1870s, a German physicist and microscope manufacturer named Ernst Abbe stated that optical microscopes would never be capable of showing something smaller than 0.2 micrometers in size. He calcula…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 3:41pm -
  • The images in Louis Simonin’s Mines and Miners: or, Underground...
    The images in Louis Simonin’s Mines and Miners: or, Underground Life (1868) provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of miners just after the middle of the 19th century. As Simonin puts it (the book was translated from the French and adapted…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 5:01pm -
  • skunkbear:You can learn more about this immortal animal in our...
    skunkbear:You can learn more about this immortal animal in our latest video.
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 9:38pm -
  • Ebola Before The Outbreak
    With the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa this year, it is important to put the disease in historical perspective.The first major outbreak of Ebola occurred in the 1970s in Sudan and Zaire near the Ebola River, from which the virus g…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 3:14pm -