1. Housekeeping:

  • Attendance
  • Reminder that no class on Monday
  • Expect a post like this one for every class, as well as another post that lays out the assignment for the next class
  • Reminder to please use online syllabus since it is an evolving document

2. Blogs@Baruch / BuddyPress docs tutorial

3. Dan Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig, Digital History (2005), “Introduction

  • benefits: capacity, accessibility, flexibility, diversity, manipulability, interactivity, hypertextuality/nonlinearity
  • dangers: quality, durability, readability, passivity, and inaccessibility.

4. Dan Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig, Digital History (2005) Exploring the History Web

  • Historicizing the trajectory of digital history
  • Five main genres of history websites: archives (containing primary sources); exhibits, films, scholarship, and essays; teaching; discussion; and organizational.

5. Jonathan Shaw, “The Humanities, Digitized: Reconceiving the Study of Culture,” Harvard Magazine, May-June 2012.

  • How have things changed between 2005 and 2012? (archive construction, crowdsourcing, geospatial analysis, simulations, text-mining and visualizations, deep and/or broad collaboration)
  • Examples: Show and tell, e.g. http://www.jdarchive.org/?la=en
  • Are we in the  middle of a revolution?  On the cusp of one?

6. RSS in Plain English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU

7. Google Reader, Delicious, Twitter.

8. For new version of assignments due September 3 and 5, see this post.