Paper.li versus The Twitter Times

I’ve run my twitter feed (electricarchaeo) to both Paper.li and The Twitter Times. Of the two, I find Paper.li more aesthetically pleasing (and it displays my own materials much more prominently) than Twitter Times; it also imposes a bit of order on the materials by classifying into broad categories. But it only updates once every 24 hours; Twitter Times is a bit quicker in that regard. It also displays materials based on how many of your ‘friends’ and ‘friends of friends’ have tweeted a particular item, and it displays the link back to that original item. So a draw! Two … Continue reading Paper.li versus The Twitter Times

The Mines of Gatineau Park

The Mines of Gatineau Park – (S. Graham – appeared in Gatineau Park Chronicle v2, 2009 v4-5) The same geology that makes Gatineau Park a stunning panorama, from the Eardley  Escarpment to the rolling landscape of the Meech Creek Valley, also made the area  attractive to miners in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There is a certain romance in mines named “Eva” or “Pink,” and their ruins and tailings can be spotted underneath the dense underbrush which has, for the most part, reclaimed them. The names recall some of the earliest landowners and entrepreneurs: Forsythe, Baldwin, Lawless, Pink, Morris, … Continue reading The Mines of Gatineau Park

eat, dance, play @ Çatalhöyük

From Middle Savagery – looks like an interesting day coming up! Join us for eat, drink, play @ Çatalhöyük, a project led by Professor Ruth Tringham of UC Berkeley that explores the intricate life practices of a Neolithic village in Turkey. Okapi Island, which has been in development since 2006, offers individuals the unique opportunity to explore reconstructions of Çatalhöyük, visit our virtual museum, and take guided video walks through the Island. In this demonstration you will join in authentic cooking lessons, dancing by the firelight, and canoeing down the river of Çatalhöyük. We will present student work and changes … Continue reading eat, dance, play @ Çatalhöyük

3 Funded PhD spots for Heritage Remote Sensing

An interesting opportunity: The DART project has advertised 3 funded PhD opportunities on their website: http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/dart in addition to jobs.ac.uk and FindAPhD DART is a 3 year multidisciplinary research project looking at how to improve heritage remote sensing. It will do this be increasing the understanding of the dynamic interaction between soils, vegetation and archaeological residues and how these affect detection with sensing devices. This requires understanding how the archaeology differs from, and dynamically interacts with, the localised soils and vegetation and how these differences can be detected. Data fusion techniques will be utilised to determine the factors that lead to contrast … Continue reading 3 Funded PhD spots for Heritage Remote Sensing

Rolling your own: early draft

I thought I’d try something different. I’m giving a paper at a conference before too long, and I thought I’d solicit feedback on it *before* I give it: I’ll write the thing in public. I am always such crap when it comes to properly formatting citations etc, and I have a mental block when it comes to words that sound alike… so please be gentle. Feedback in the comments, please. This terrifies me, to some extent, but I watched a similar experiment unfold on Grand Text Auto a while back, which had excellent results. And so, I offer: Rolling your … Continue reading Rolling your own: early draft

Papyrology shows the way: according to Dan Cohen

What should digital humanities projects look like, what should they do? That’s the  question posed by Dan Cohen’s recent post, Eliminating the Power Cord . It’s all down to how secure we feel in what we’re doing. And interestingly, it’s papyrology leading the way: the more a discipline is secure in its existence, its modes of interpretation, and its methods of creating scholarship, the more likely it is to produce stripped-down, exchangeable data sets. Thus scholars in papyrology just want to get at the raw sources; they would be annoyed by a Mac-like interface or silo.  They have achieved what … Continue reading Papyrology shows the way: according to Dan Cohen

Paper.li – A newspaper format for your twitter feeds

Twitter is useful. It keeps you connected. But it’s a pain to read. Paper.li is a new service, still in alpha no less, that takes all of your feeds, searches, groups, tweets, etc, and analyzes them once a day to create a newspaper-style presentation. Videos referenced in a tweet? Paper.li will present them to you. Photos, media… it’s all there. I quite like this! Here’s the Electric Archaeologist Today So – if you created a twitter account and used it not so much for your own tweeting, but rather to aggregate the twitterverse for say all things archaeological, museological, politics … Continue reading Paper.li – A newspaper format for your twitter feeds

Zotero’s Got Game: ZoteroSquare

Fun: The service works as follows: ZoteroSquare users “citat-in” in order to earn “badges” sure to inspire envy and admiration in tenure committees around the world. A few examples include: Local: You’ve been at the same place (e.g. curled in the fetal position inside a library study carrel) 3x in one week! Super User: That’s 30 citatins and nothing written in a month for you! JetSetter: Hopping around the world one soul-crushing panel at a time… congrats on your 5th conference citatin and safe travels! Bender: That’s 4+ years of graduate school for you! Explorer: You’ve citatinated into 25 different … Continue reading Zotero’s Got Game: ZoteroSquare

Ethan Watrall on ‘Branding’ and Interdisciplinary Identity: Amen, Brother!

For those of us who fall between the cracks, I heartily suggest reading Ethan Watrall‘s Profhacker post on ‘Building an Interdisciplinary Identity in a (Mostly) Non-Interdisciplinary Academic World’ Hi there, my name is Ethan and I’m an archaeologist.  Well…maybe not exactly. I haven’t run an excavation in years, and I don’t teach in an anthropology department.  Ok, lets try this again.  Hi my name’s Ethan and I’m a digital historian.  Ok, thats a little better, its got the “digital,” and I also live (mostly) in a history department.  But, my PhD isn’t in history.   Hmmmm…ok, how about digital humanist? Well, … Continue reading Ethan Watrall on ‘Branding’ and Interdisciplinary Identity: Amen, Brother!