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Beth's Blog

  • The ALS Ice Bucket Donor Retention Challenge
    Last month,  I had the pleasure of attending the Social Innovation Summit,  a twice annual event that represents a global convening of thought leaders in technology, investment, philanthropy, international development, and business.   I’ve bee…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 6:09pm -
  • What Social Media Analytics Can’t Tell You About Your Audience
    My colleague, Alexandra Samuel,  has published a report over at Vision Critical based on integrating survey data with consumers actual social media usage versus self-reporting.    So, in other words, research respondents opt-in to integrating the…
    - 7 days ago, 9 Dec 14, 11:23pm -
  • Hatch: A Tool for Digital Storytelling for Social Impact Launches
    Note from Beth:  Over the past six months,  I’ve been on an advisory group for project that my colleague Jay Geneske at the Rockefeller Foundation has spearheaded to help build the capacity of nonprofits in storytelling skills. The Foundation re…
    - 12 days ago, 5 Dec 14, 5:47pm -
  • Thank You Wednesday: The Gift of Giving Tuesday
    It is early here in Sao Paulo, Brasil, but I wanted to capture some quick reflections about the experience of GivingTuesday. Maybe it is because I am in a different country, but I felt the magic of what Giving Tuesday was intended to be when it laun…
    - 14 days ago, 3 Dec 14, 7:16pm -
  • Join Me Live From Brasil to Celebrate #GivingTuesday #DiadeDoar on 12/2 at 11:00 AM PST
    I’m in Sao Paulo, Brasil to speak at Telefonica’s Conference on virtual volunteering that takes place on December 2nd (GivingTuesday).  I’ll be talking about how individuals and NGOS can have a great impact by building relationships online a…
    - 16 days ago, 1 Dec 14, 1:33pm -

Social Media and Cultural Communication

BEYONDbones

  • NEW!Einstein Scavenger Hunt: Guess That Hall!
    Editor’s note: This post was created by HMNS Concierge and Discovery Guide Corey Green.   Our good friend Einstein came to visit the museum and went through many of our exhibit halls. Can you name the halls he’s pictured in? (Click … Continue…
    - 10 hours ago, 17 Dec 14, 1:01am -
  • NEW!Mark Your Calendars for these events happening this week (12/15-12/21) at HMNS
    Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week! D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 Screening ends December 18Don’t miss your chance to see the award … Contin…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 2:00am -
  • NEW!F-stops and Fabergé: Getting snap happy at HMNS
    After-hours at the Museum on November 2, we had another one of our exclusive Pixel Parties — where we open select exhibits just for photographers (both amateur and professional). This time around, we gave our photographers access to our newly re-o…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 1:00pm -
  • ‘Tis The Season: Get 20% Off Select Designers from 12-4 at Today’s Holiday Trunk Show
    Swipe and smile at the Museum store Trunk Shows, where we’re giving you exclusive access to unique designer jewelry at exclusive prices. Find original designs, sure to be the perfect gift — all at 20 percent off (plus member discounts). As … C…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Dec 14, 3:45pm -

Electric Archaeology

  • 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.…
    - 20 days ago, 27 Nov 14, 2:42am -
  • A Digital Archaeology of Digital Archaeology: work in progress
    Ethan Watrall and I have been playing around with data mining as a way of writing a historiography of digital & computational archaeology. We’d like to invite you to play along. We’ll probably have something to say on this at the SAA in April. An…
    - 40 days ago, 7 Nov 14, 1:17am -
  • Breakage
    I was at #seeingthepast these last two days (website). During one of the discussions, the idea of glitchiness of augmented reality was raised, and ways that this might intersect with materiality were explored. At one point, the idea of an app that le…
    - 42 days ago, 5 Nov 14, 1:31am -
  • I’m no MacGyver
    I’m no MacGyver. Tim the Tool Man? Bill Nye, Science Guy? Hell, I’m nowhere near Heinz Doofenshmirtz. Or Phineas. I’d kill to be Ferb. Wile. E. Coyote? Brain? Possibly Pinky. I’m not handy. But I thought I could do Google Cardboard. Print out…
    - 48 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 8:05pm -
  • On Academic Blogging – a Conversation with Matt Burton
    Matt Burton, who is working on new web genres and informal scholarly communication, asked me some questions recently as part of his research. We thought it would be interesting to share our conversation. MB: When did you start your blog (career wise:…
    - 51 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 1:46pm -

Digitization 101

  • NEW!My summer & search committees (and some tips for you)
    Every year, summer goes by too quickly.  Even now, my memories of the end of the spring semester are still fresh, even though it ended in mid-May.  Summer doesn't feel as if it has arrived until the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference,…
    - 1 day ago, 15 Dec 14, 10:58pm -
  • NEW!Blog Post: The Benefits Of Copyright Around The World In Three Reports
    As the semester comes to a close - and my focus on copyright - this post caught my eye.  It begins:Although copyright law is territorial, the rationale for its protection is universal: ensuring a thriving and diverse cultural fabric for society to…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 4:30pm -
  • NEW!Library Guide on Copyright & Fair Use
    The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library at San José State University has an extensive libguide on copyright and fair use, with tabs that link to external resources.  It is worth exploring.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 2:00pm -
  • 3D printing, makerspaces and copyright
    I started this list months ago and am realizing that I need to publish it.  3D printing and makerspaces have created conversations around copyright.  Here are some resources - including a video - that may help with those conversations.Melissa A. Ba…
    - 9 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 2:00pm -
  • #NYLA2014 : Update on 2020 Vision Plan: Creating the Future
    Several librarians talked about what they are doing that relates to the 2020 Vision Plan for Library Service in New York State.  I did not capture complete notes; however, below are some of the examples given:  Claudia Depkin - Haverstraw King's D…
    - 34 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 12:04am -

Media/Anthropology

  • NEW!The making of a democratic citizenship in Spain, 1977-2004
    Brief notes on Benedicto, J. (2006). La construcción de la ciudadanía democrática en España (1977-2004): de la institucionalización a las prácticas. Revista española de investigaciones sociológicas, 114(1), 103-136. English abstract This arti…
    - 4 hours ago, 17 Dec 14, 7:02am -
  • 11. Monitory democracy in an age of media abundance
    Public accountability campaigns are on the rise worldwide, fuelled by a digital media bonanza. IN 2009 John Keane, the Australian political theorist, published a book titled The Life and Death of Democracy. The book argues that a new political form h…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 1:28pm -
  • New booklet and installation showcase popular anthropology
    Originally posted on American Anthropological Association:Today’s guest blog post is by Erin Taylor and Gawain Lynch. Where are anthropologists publishing these days? Most of us probably know that Gillian Tett writes for The Financial Times and Sar…
    - 20 days ago, 27 Nov 14, 5:02am -
  • What does anthropology have to say about social media and activism?
    This is an early draft of a short invited piece for Anthropology Unbound: A Field Guide to the 21st Century, 3rd ed. E. Paul Durrenberger and Suzan Erem. Oxford University Press. The remit was to write a jargon-free personal narrative. In the Spring…
    - 21 days ago, 26 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • 10. Freedom technologists series: a first recap (part 2)
    http://autoconsulta.org/mutaciones.php This post completes the first recap of the ongoing freedom technologists series through a brief theoretical exercise, namely applying field theory to the empirical materials gathered so far. I do this via a new…
    - 27 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 11:39am -

Matt's Sci/Tech Blog

  • NEW!Getting to space is hard, Chapter 356
    Robert Heinlein once observed that space is only an hour away if you could drive your car straight up.  Well, that might be easier than the way humanity accesses space now.  The news is flying thick and fast, and about half of it is making access t…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 5:33am -
  • The most puzzling "sea serpent"
    109 years ago today, the most intriguing "sea serpent" sighting of all time was made. The circumstances were perfect, the witnesses well-qualified, and the animal very strange-looking. So  what really happened?Here's the relevant chapter from my 200…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Dec 14, 9:44pm -
  • Archaeology: an amazing axe
    As someone of Danish ancestry (there is still a Bille family castle), I keep an eye on science stories out of my little homeland.  This was a surprising one.  An axe found during a road tunnel excavation project is made of stone and 5,000 years ol…
    - 22 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 11:50pm -
  • New and Improved Amazon Author Page is up
    Well, here we are. My horror novel, The Dolmen, is selling decently and getting great reviews, and there are good prices on my books on space history and zoology.  So enjoy the Author Page!Matt Bille's Amazon Author PageThe Dolmen, from Wolfsinger P…
    - 24 days ago, 23 Nov 14, 4:12pm -
  • Update: Philae Goes Quiet - for now
    The Little Lander That Could is in deep sleep mode on its cometary home on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko half a billion kilometers from Earth.  We saw it touch down - and we actually heard it (I didn't realize it had acoustic sensors until after the fa…
    - 26 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 3:10am -

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

  • Penn State’s attempt to auction off 112 of its 540 active...
    Penn State’s attempt to auction off 112 of its 540 active patents was disappointing. Only two bids were publically placed, one purchasing a license for a “metal-electroactive ceramic composite transducer” for $5,000.Penn State is the first ins…
    - 5 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 10:13pm -
  • The Art of Advertising!
    The Art of Advertising!: othmeralia:Our library intern discovered several advertisements in the familiar style of Dr. Seuss. Indeed, Theodor Geisel began his career in advertising. From the January and February 1942 issues of Tech Engineering News:…
    - 9 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 6:43pm -
  • An anthropomorphic fly with a beard lectures a younger fly from...
    An anthropomorphic fly with a beard lectures a younger fly from an easy chair. An elephant resembling the main character in Horton Hears a Who! poses for a photograph in the jungle.  These fantastical drawings contain the distinct character and tone…
    - 12 days ago, 5 Dec 14, 9:42pm -
  • In the latest edition of On the Record, we asked readers to...
    In the latest edition of On the Record, we asked readers to submit their personal experiences with laboratory glassware. We’ve received some great anecdotes, but the touching story of Ernest G. Barr and his handcrafted McLeod gauge especially moved…
    - 13 days ago, 4 Dec 14, 7:42pm -
  • In 1923 women’s rights activist Margaret Sanger released an...
    In 1923 women’s rights activist Margaret Sanger released an issue of Birth Control Review whose cover showed a woman literally shackled to unwanted babies. Sanger championed the birth-control pill and other methods of fertility control. She belie…
    - 23 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 4:44pm -