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Beth's Blog

  • It’s Not What You Know, It’s How You Learn
    About a year ago, Mario Marino reached out to me and several colleagues with some provocative questions about e-learning in the nonprofit sector.  E-learning is using internet technology and your networks to learn in real-time – either as an indi…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Feb 14, 4:20pm -
  • My TedXBerkeley Talk on Individual Social Responsibility
    Earlier this month, I crossed an item off my bucket list when I gave a talk at TedXBerkeley.     I spoke on the topic of  ”ISR” or what I call “Individual Social Responsibility. ”  The idea is that when you give in small amounts – anyth…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Feb 14, 8:00pm -
  • Join Me at SXSW, 14NTC, and Other March Conferences
    There are many nonprofit, social media, and technology conferences all year long.  March is a particularly busy conference month.  I’ll be attending and speaking a number of conferences and workshops this month.   If you are attending, be sure t…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Feb 14, 5:05pm -
  • 5 Methods for Avoiding Procrastination for Nonprofits
    I found this wonderful comic on Mashable “The Field Guide to Procrastination” that identifies 12 different methods for work avoidance or procrastination, defined in Wikipedia as “putting off tasks for a later date.”     We all do it.  ……
    - 12 days ago, 20 Feb 14, 5:21pm -
  • Report: Opening Up: Demystifying Funder Transparency
    Opening Up: Demystifying Funder Transparency is a new  GrantCraft guide released  in collaboration with Glasspockets from the Foundation Center.  The report explores how transparency can strengthen credibility, improve grantee relationships, faci…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Feb 14, 4:52pm -

Social Media and Cultural Communication


Electric Archaeology

  • Shared Authority & the Return of the Human Curated Web
    A few years ago, I wrote a piece on Why Academic Blogging Matters: A structural argument. This was the text for a presentation as part of the SAA in Sacremento that year. In the years since, the web has changed … Continue reading →
    - 27 days ago, 5 Feb 14, 3:04pm -
  • On Research Witchcraft
    I’m a fan of Terry Pratchett. I re-read his novels frequently because each time, I find something new to consider. I was recently reading Lords and Ladies, which is part of the witches’ cycle of stories set in Discworld. This … Continue reading…
    - 34 days ago, 30 Jan 14, 1:39am -
  • Getting started with some open source alternatives to 123D Catch
    I like 123D Catch, but there is the whiff of ‘black-box’ about it all. Sometimes, you’d just like to know what’s going on. There may also be times when, for various reasons, uploading data to a cloud service hosted in … Continue reading →
    - 35 days ago, 28 Jan 14, 5:31pm -
  • Putting Pompeii on Your Coffee Table
    (cross-posted from my course blog, #hist5702x digital/public history. If you’re interested in public history and augmented reality, check out my students’ posts!) Creating three dimensional models from photographs has its ups and downs. But what…
    - 40 days ago, 23 Jan 14, 9:42pm -
  • Gaze & Eonydis for Archaeological Data
    I’m experimenting with Clement Levallois‘ data mining tools ‘Gaze‘ and ‘Eonydis‘. I created a table with some mock archaeological data in it: artefact, findspot, and date range for the artefact. More on dates in a moment. Here’s the fak…
    - 48 days ago, 15 Jan 14, 4:55pm -

Digitization 101

  • Our Work, Weak Connections, & Professional Engagement
    I've been in a number of conversations recently about how we (professionals) use social media to promote our ourselves organizations, and attract people to what we and our organizations do.  These conversations became particularly meaningful after h…
    - 11 days ago, 21 Feb 14, 11:27pm -
  • Iowa City Public Library's Copyright Policy
    If you are looking for a good one-page copyright policy as a model for your library, check out the  Iowa City Public Library copyright policy.  What I like about this policy is that it acknowledges the rights both of copyright holders and users. …
    - 14 days ago, 18 Feb 14, 2:00pm -
  • NY3Rs copyright resources page
    The New York 3Rs Association, which is comprised of the nine reference and research library resources systems in New York State, has created a Copyright Resources page.  This page includes online/Internet resources on copyright.  My hope is that th…
    - 22 days ago, 10 Feb 14, 3:00pm -
  • LIBER position statement on copyright in the digital age
    In December (2013),LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche - Association of European Research Libraries) released a position statement on copyright reform and copyright in the digital age.  The position statement is based on three…
    - 27 days ago, 5 Feb 14, 2:00pm -
  • WISE Workshop: Designing Online Courses for Diverse Communities of Learners
    Today I'm participating in a workshop being given at the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Annual Conference. The 10th annual WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) workshop is an opportunity for online educato…
    - 28 days ago, 4 Feb 14, 10:42pm -


  • Framing Bouazizi (Lim 2013)
    Lim, M. (2013). Framing Bouazizi: ‘White lies’, hybrid network, and collective/connective action in the 2010–11 Tunisian uprising. Journalism, 14(7), 921-941. Abstract By delving into the detailed account of the Tunisian uprising, this article…
    - 2 days ago, 3 Mar 14, 2:12am -
  • The Tunisian revolution according to Khosrokhavar (2012)
    Khosrokhavar, F. (2012). The new Arab revolutions that shook the world. Paradigm Publishers. Notes on Chapter 2. The Tunisian revolution of dignity and freedom. p.  28. most unexpected revolution in Arab world, but there were signs in previous prote…
    - 2 days ago, 3 Mar 14, 12:36am -
  • Data Havens of Iceland (Part 2)
    A few days ago I posted a question to Alix Johnson, a PhD student in cultural anthropology at UC Santa Cruz, in the US. According to her Savage Minds interviewer, Adam Fish (read interview here), Alix will be soon travelling to Iceland to study the p…
    - 8 days ago, 25 Feb 14, 5:08am -
  • Virtual Worlds vs. Networked Environments: A Question of Method
    Originally posted on Netnographic Encounters:A handwritten note announcing the death of a community member, pinned to an outdoor bulletin board. One of many media through which information travels in Indonesian kampung. I came to realize today, that…
    - 14 days ago, 18 Feb 14, 1:15pm -
  • Data Havens of Iceland (Part 1)

    - 15 days ago, 18 Feb 14, 2:07am -

Matt's Sci/Tech Blog

  • Wrapping up my thoughts on Ketchum-Sasquatch affair
    I'd actually written this topic off, but I posed a question to Dr. Ketchum on FaceBook, and she was polite enough to engage in an exchange. I appreciate that.  But I came away  dismissing the entire topic.I'm not an expert on the genetics, but exac…
    - 2 days ago, 2 Mar 14, 11:57pm -
  • Putting the kibosh on prehistoric survivors?
    Sharon Hill, geologist, skeptic, and Sounds Sciencey columnist, has given the boot (boot? Hill? Get it?)  to the claims that prehistoric survivors are still roaming around causing cryptozoologists to get all excited.  She has a number of major poi…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Mar 14, 10:58pm -
  • Hauling in a giant squid
    It was possible, only 20 years ago, for Richard Ellis to write that confusion of "sea serpents" and giant squids was made all the more possible by the fact that no one alive had ever seen a live giant squid for certain, so how they would look and act…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Mar 14, 10:36pm -
  • Mixed news for Microsatellites
    A number of interesting things have been happening the world of microsatellite.First, Skybox Imaging, which built its first two 100-kg imaging satellites (which offer stills and video) , will contract the next 13 to Space Systems/Loral.  It's intere…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Feb 14, 7:14pm -
  • Antechinus envy
    Would you like to be an antechinus?  They are cute little creatures.OK, you're not cool with being a mouselike Australian marsupial.  We now know there are 13 species, with two more descriptions on the way. Some of those species are threatened.The…
    - 12 days ago, 21 Feb 14, 12:04am -


  • NEW!Personal Digital Archives: A Feverish Impression
    Brace yourself: you probably already have it. I know I’ve had it for years, but lately it seems that everyone I meet is coming down with personal archive fever. The symptoms include bouts of anxiety, obsessive behavior, vivid memory flashbacks and…
    - 10 hours ago, 4 Mar 14, 2:36pm -
  • Top 10 Digital Preservation Presentations of 2012
    Any list obviously reflects the interests of the compiler, as well as the source and scope of the information considered.  In this case, I turned to Slideshare and searched on “digital preservation.” Filtering by “this year,” yields the fol…
    - 26 Dec 12, 8:46pm -
  • Can a Video Game Ever Fully Depict Reality?
    Thinking about digital recreation of reality has an inevitable association with the “whoa, dude, are we in a video game?” line of reasoning. This is good in some ways because it puts the issue into a context that’s easier to ponder for most of…
    - 17 Dec 12, 6:06pm -
  • Digital Preservation: A Role for Public Libraries
    This post is based on remarks I presented during a Digital Dialog at the University of Maryland, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, on 9/25/2012. I believe that libraries, archives and museums share a common need to aggressively pro…
    - 2 Oct 12, 12:55pm -
  • The Year of Blogging Vigorously: Digital Preservation and Social Media Outreach
    This post consists of edited remarks I gave to the 17th Brazilian Conference of Archival Science/XVII Congresso Brasileiro de Arquivologia held in Rio de Janeiro in June of this year.  These remarks will be published in Portuguese as part of the con…
    - 5 Sep 12, 2:33pm -

  • 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…
    - 85 days ago, 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 -
  • I have a PowerPoint
    Words matter. And so does presentation. Fifty years ago, this week, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech. But what if King eschewed wordiness, and instead delivered a slideshow? What could it look like? A…
    - 29 Aug 13, 6:51pm -

Chemical Heritage Foundation

  • PODCAST - Vision and revision: The hard work of drawing science

    - 4 days ago, 28 Feb 14, 7:21pm -
  • Uranium Continues to Plague Navajo Lands
    By Michal Meyer(White Canyon Plant in Utah in 1953. Uranium and vanadium were mined from the sandstone canyons and then turned into vanadium oxide and uranium oxide.Vanadium Corporation of America Collection, Chemical Heritage Foundation Image Arc…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Feb 14, 7:55pm -
  • Our January 2014 Tumblr Topic is about connecting to #histsci...
    Our January 2014 Tumblr Topic is about connecting to #histsci through narrative graphic arts like comics and graphic novels. Participate in our webcast, read our blog post on the subject, and learn about our University of the Arts partnership project…
    - 25 days ago, 7 Feb 14, 3:00pm -
  • Let It Linger: On the Emotional Effect of Comics
    By David HaldemanI was standing in the middle of Fantagraphics Books, the sole retail outlet of the legendary indie comic book publisher. Housed in an old brick building in a slowly gentrifying industrial district in South Seattle, the space is part…
    - 26 days ago, 6 Feb 14, 3:34pm -
  • Nye Tries to Burn Ham
    Neil GussmanAt 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and Ken Ham, CEO of the Creation Museum debate at the Creation Museum. The debate can be watched at Our magazine reviewed the museum a while back. Kelly T…
    - 29 days ago, 3 Feb 14, 7:41pm -