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Resource: Getting Started in Digital Archaeology

From the resource: Digital archaeology, as I have conceived it here, is not about computation in the service of finding the answer. It is about deforming, and thinking through, the various networks and distributed agencies that tie us to the past and simultaneously make it strange, that enchant and confound us. There are any number…

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Resource: University Classrooms – Difficult to Escape or Tempting to Engage?

From the resource: It’s unnerving that I have been teaching for 4+ years at a University level but was never taught how to teach. I certainly am competent enough to google “tips for effective lecturing”, and yet that never crossed my mind. Until now. It is with great wonderment and delight that I experience the…

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Resource: Create A Rich Multimedia Narrative with ESRI Story Maps

From the resource: A few years ago when I was taking a class in advanced cartography, I was introduced to ESRI Story maps, a webapp that allows you to blend text, maps, 3D scenes, images, and videos in order to tell your story and engage your audience. While Story Maps were initially made by ESRI…

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Resource: How badly is Google Books search broken, and why?

From the resource: I periodically write about Google Books here, so I thought I’d point out something that I’ve noticed recently that should be concerning to anyone accustomed to treating it as the largest collection of books: it appears that when you use a year constraint on book search, the search index has dramatically constricted…

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Resource: Syllabus – Digitizing Folk Music History

From the resource: Pivoting between technology and tradition—between digital computers and acoustic guitars—in this interdepartmental course, we use tactics of digital analysis to investigate the US folk music revival, from its nineteenth-century origins to the 1960s “Great Folk Scare” to more recent modes of folk revivalism. Students acquire digital skills and fluencies by applying them to historical and contextual thinking about…

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Resource: The March

About the resource: The March is a documentary by filmmaker James Blue (1930-1980) about the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August of 1963. Blue filmed participants as they prepared for the March on Washington in their home cities, followed them as they traveled to Washington, and recorded their reactions as they listened…

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Resource: State of Online Surveillance

About the resource: With each new technological development promising to “revolutionize education”, we need to start asking how…and at what cost. Platforms that provide services allegedly for free often do so in exchange for data about its users—forming a deep layer of surveillance over our online lives. Asking students to use online platforms and services…

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Resource: Draft guide for identifying public domain serial content

About the resource: Back in June, I announced that we had completed an inventory of all serials with active copyright renewals made through 1977, based on listings in the Copyright Office’s Catalog of Copyright Entries.  At the time, I said we’d also be releasing a draft of suggested procedures for using the information there, along…

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Resource: ScanTent device and DocScan mobile app – Preserving our cultural heritage with a smartphone

About the resource: The READ project is a big proponent of digitisation on demand using smartphones. A typical mobile phone camera can capture relatively high-quality images of historical documents, which can then be used for preservation, research and even as training data for Automated Text Recognition using our Transkribus platform. The Computer Vision Lab at…

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Resource: Database tracks rise of canonic techniques in music

About the resource: A comprehensive database tracking more than 2,000 of the earliest surviving music compositions using ‘canonic’ techniques has been developed by a team of Australian university researchers. Music teachers, students, performers, composers and music lovers can browse the online database to find these earliest examples of multipart music using techniques of pervasive melodic…

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