I’m very excited. Carleton’s position in the Canadian Capital means that its Public History program is very much focused on government and everything else in its orbit; my background in archaeology and the heritage industry I think will allow me to push off in interesting directions there. There’s a movement afoot to build a new provincial park on the Quebec side, close to the federal Gatineau Park, and I have connections (both professional, and genealogical) to both areas. I’ve got some ideas about some location-based computing I want to try – educational, heritage management, preservation… my brain’s just on fire with ideas :)
And of course I will be continuing my agent based modeling work. I’m to go to a conference in Belgium next spring, where I’m presenting (the plan so far) on lumbering in the Roman world. It’s a simulation, informed as best it can be from what evidence there is, and so it takes some leaps.
I’m also going to be teaching a course in digital history this fall. As part of the interview process I created a mock-up of the course website, which may be explored here; the ‘real’ course will be similar, but I’d welcome all and any comments on what I cover, what I miss. (A round up on various Canadian digital history programs can be found here.)