A Small Revolution

“It was a small revolution: you could see something infiltrate the room – pride – as this person from the University talked about their history, their story.” I was speaking with Lisa Mibach, from Deschenes, Quebec, once an independent town, then part of the city of Aylmer, and now part of the larger city of Gatineau. We were talking about her and her group’s efforts to document the heritage of this part of the city. It’s an anglophone sector of the city. If you look on the google map satellite image, you can see one of the most significant pieces … Continue reading A Small Revolution

Names & Dopplegangers

Just got a phone call from a friend, who was interested in my opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen, mentioned on the radio. Problem is, I wrote no opinion piece. Turns out, there’s a PhD student in the History Department at the University of Ottawa (just down the Canal), who shares my name, and who is the author of the piece (it’s a good article). So, just to forestall any confusion: Sean Graham at the University of Ottawa is not Shawn Graham at Carleton University. Continue reading Names & Dopplegangers

HeritageCrowd.org: crowdsourcing cultural heritage

I have a small summer project running, using the Ushahidi and Omeka platforms for crowdsourcing local history, called HeritageCrowd. I have two Carleton University undergraduate students, Guy Massie and Nadine Feuerherm helping me with this; we’re blogging the experience here. Please check us out; comments & critiques (and submissions, of course!) are most welcome. Guy writes, This project, headed by Professor Shawn Graham and students Nadine Feuerherm and Guy Massie at Carleton University, rethinks the way that people share and interact with local history and heritage. Through the use of a number of technologies such as text messaging, voice mail, … Continue reading HeritageCrowd.org: crowdsourcing cultural heritage