• Tom Woodward posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    Thanks for that. It’s a bit obscure but sometimes I get my class readings crossed. The portion that I thought was relevant was . . .

    There is a growing mountain of research. But there is increased evidence that we are being bogged down today as specialization extends. The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands…

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    • “The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability; and something is bound to come of it.”
      –V. Bush

      • zuul replied 2 weeks ago

        I’ve started to write something comparing Bush to Watters but keep getting too sad to finish it.

  • Tom Woodward posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Hey look! People like us.

    Public history and social media at UCSB featuring @Historiann pic.twitter.com/nF4eEUreh2— Patrick McCray (@LeapingRobot) February 9, 2017

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  • Tom Woodward posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Maybe . . . “Learn the rules well so you know how to break them properly.”

    It feels like people in new spaces like rules and neat lines. That may also be part of librarian training (and self-selection) while also being an aspect of academia. Combine those things and you’ll get lots and lots of neatly drawn squares. Very tiny, very crisply…[Read more]

  • Tom Woodward posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    I think stuff like this gets you into the realm of 360 degree immersive options on the web. You can view and navigate as if you were in Google streetview.

  • Worth checking out how they’re crowdsourcing metadata additions for images.

    HEIR – 1000s of historic glass slide and photographic images at your fingertipsSource: Tag | The Institute of Archaeology

  • Tom Woodward posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    All of the things you mention are things that web designers think and talk about (The amount of energy and time spent arguing about fonts would astound you.) with the additional complexities of having to build the building and have it play nicely on various devices, with various settings, with various screen sizes, with various pixel sizes, in…[Read more]

    • For my money, the Lost Museum (skip the intro video to get into the navigational frame) does the best job of “virtualizing” the physical space of a museum. Kalfatovic gets close to this when he talks about gallery circulation patterns on p. 84.
      I don’t see anywhere where he really dug into your question of time, though. Cohen/Rosenzweig did a…[Read more]

  • Tom Woodward posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Interesting to think about the geographic origin of the authors that way. No right/wrong but I tend to think of things as being on the Internet rather than from the USA/UK. I’m pretty sure they were out of touch with all but a small part of the Internet (the library clan) but don’t want to be too hard on them.

    And I’ve never met a category I…[Read more]

  • Tom Woodward posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Root
    There is far less chance in today’s world that you will be a server admin – which is where that root stuff comes into play. My metaphor would be that most of the time you cut things with scissors. That’s normal. Scissors would be a normal user’s level of power/rights/commands. Root would be the equivalent of a nuclear laser. You may need it…[Read more]

  • Tom Woodward posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    1 -The “best” image compression format depends on purpose and the image itself. JPG for instance can’t have transparent areas. GIFs and PNGs can. Web vs archival work is also a consideration. JPG/GIF tend to be much smaller in size and so they load faster on websites. This is at the cost of image data so it’s a poor choice for archival copies.…[Read more]

  • Tom Woodward posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    The “collections vs exhibitions” theme sounds a lot like “archives vs argument” from last week.

    The didactic exhibitions seem to be pretty loose in terms of learning outcome specificity- at least as conferred.

    “In many ways, it is the element of entertainment that separates an exhibition from a textbook or lecture.”

    That’s a big…[Read more]

  • A new resource for searching creative commons materials across archives. A decent place for generic searching and if you remove flickr and 500px from the search your search is museum focused.

    Use this […]

    • Classic narrative – somebody creates a useful tool and distributes it; early adopters enthuse; jerks come along and take it to the logical extreme of the gritty world; creators try to reverse engineer and manage/filter. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc. etc.
      Reminds me of the recent Facebook torture video, or a Black Mirror episode.

  • Tom Woodward posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    You can collapse the sidebar (which is attempting to display interaction stats – comments, highlights etc.). You’d do that by clicking on the little yellow > in the upper right. Not intuitive if you don’t have that background experience.

  • Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information […]

    • Interesting program. Love the old photographs of the landscape. Would love to be able to see the difference between then and now. KMC

  • Given some of the comments recently I thought this would be of interest. It’s interesting to see this playing out in “hard” science and to think about implication for liberal arts where objectivity seems more […]

  • Tom Woodward posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    This is one of those ironic elements to me. The authors could have made tooltipsHi. I’m a tooltip. to define some of the stranger terms or hyperlinked to resources to make the document easier for people to engage with. That’d be a typical use of the web affordances that make digital content different. Some of this “radicalness” feels more…[Read more]

  • Tom Woodward posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    I may have a less utopian view of historians as well (both in terms of intent to overcome their own biases and success in that effort). 🙂

  • Tom Woodward posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    My usual quibble . . . with or without the Internet people have always/will always remember and repeat “history” in personal ways that don’t align with whatever facts historians can establish.

    I do wonder about historical accuracy and intent. Does making Lincoln human (flawed?) by having a high voice rather than an imagined booming baritone do…[Read more]

  • Tom Woodward posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    In those halcyon days of yore* . . . that was a cutting-edge WordPress theme/plugin called commentpress which was created by the Future of the Book group. You can read the details behind the structure at that link but one element was an attempt to have fine-grained commenting (a particular paragraph vs an entire post/page). You can see it wasn’t…[Read more]

    • Digital archaeology! Awesome.

      • You keep luring me into these programmatic details. They really are key to legibility and future proofing the accessibility of content. Hypertext examples from the 80s can never convince me of their value as they’re just impossible to digest but Blevins thinks they’re where we should restart from to rebalance the field and find a form that suits…[Read more]

  • Tom Woodward posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    I threw the lyrics from their 99 album in Voyant to see what might popup. It might be an interesting way to analyze some of this stuff quantitatively.

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