Shared Authority & the Return of the Human Curated Web

A few years ago, I wrote a piece on Why Academic Blogging Matters: A structural argument. This was the text for a presentation as part of the SAA in Sacremento that year. In the years since, the web has changed (again). It is no longer enough for us to create strong signals in the noise, trusting in the algorithmns to connect us with our desired publics. (That’s the short version. The long version is rather more nuanced and sophisticated, trust me). The war between the botnets and the SEO specialists has outstripped us. In recent months, I have noticed an … Continue reading Shared Authority & the Return of the Human Curated Web

Blogging Archaeology: Remembering that we’ve been here before when we ask ‘Where to next?’

For the last of Blogging Archaeology (on Twitter under #blogarch), Colleen asks: For our last question, I would like to ask you to consider the act of publication for this blog carnival. How could we best capture the interplay, the multimedia experience of blogging as a more formalized publication? What would be the best outcome for this collection of insights from archaeological bloggers? The relationship between blogging and other academic forms of discourse is certainly in the aether right now. One need only look at ‘Hacking the Academy‘ or Ian Bogost’s thoughts on ‘Beyond Blogs‘ to see that we archaeo-bloggers … Continue reading Blogging Archaeology: Remembering that we’ve been here before when we ask ‘Where to next?’

Play the Past launched!

I’m happy to report that Play the Past, a collaboratively edited & authored blog about cultural heritage and games, has launched. Actually, Ethan, our intrepid leader, says it best: At its core, Play the Past is a collaboratively edited and authored blog dedicated to thoughtfully exploring and discussing the intersection of cultural heritage (very broadly defined) and games/meaningful play (equally broadly defined). Play the Past contributors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, domains, perspectives, and motivations (for being interested in both games and cultural heritage) – a fact which is evident in the variety of topics we tackle in our posts.It is very important … Continue reading Play the Past launched!

Zombies in the Academy

Being the author of a paper called ‘Osteology of the Living Dead’  (final paper of my BA), I couldn’t miss the opportunity to pass this one along, could I? Call for papers: book chapters for the interdisciplinary anthology €œZombies in the Academy: living death in higher education Editors: Andrew Whelan, Chris Moore and Ruth Walker This book takes up the momentum provided by the recent resurgence of interest in zombie culture to explore the relevance of the zombie trope to discussions of scholarly practice itself. The zombie is an extraordinarily rich and evocative popular cultural form, and zombidity, zombification and … Continue reading Zombies in the Academy

Publish your excavation in minutes

…provided you blogged the whole thing in the first place. How, you say? With Anthologize, the outcome of the one-week-one-tool experiment. Anthologize is a free, open-source, plugin that transforms WordPress 3.0 into a platform for publishing electronic texts. Grab posts from your WordPress blog, import feeds from external sites, or create new content directly within Anthologize. Then outline, order, and edit your work, crafting it into a single volume for export in several formats, including—in this release—PDF, ePUB, TEI. How Anthologize came to be is remarkable in itself (see Dan Cohen’s blog) and is a model for what we as … Continue reading Publish your excavation in minutes

Hacking Archaeology, or, PDQ Redux

I cross-posted this yesterday at the Ancient World Bloggers Group At the risk of sounding derivative… are folks aware of the ‘Hacking the Academy‘ book project? Perhaps something similar to collect together the archaeo-blog-o-sphere is a good idea…? To recap, Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt launched this as part of the recent THATCamp: Can an algorithm edit a journal? Can a library exist without books? Can students build and manage their own learning management platforms? Can a conference be held without a program? Can Twitter replace a scholarly society? As recently as the mid-2000s, questions like these would have been … Continue reading Hacking Archaeology, or, PDQ Redux

Prezi for Archaeology

I’m entranced by the possibilities of Prezi for displaying archaeological knowledge. Prezi changes the metaphor of presentation from ‘slides’ to ‘zooming’, which (aside from a bit of nausea-inducing swirls) looks very promising. For instance, I can imaging starting with an aerial photograph of the site – then zooming down to the ground, then zooming through to the first few days of excavation, and so on…. or alternatively, a prezi of a Harris matrix, and being able to zoom into each context to display/link to each artefact etc…  (you can also pan and drag too) exciting stuff! I’ve got some materials … Continue reading Prezi for Archaeology – A newspaper format for your twitter feeds

Twitter is useful. It keeps you connected. But it’s a pain to read. 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? 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 – A newspaper format for your twitter feeds

Why Academic Blogging Matters

It’s always good practice to reflect on why you do things in a particular way, if only to recognize the potential errors or time-sinks in what you do. With that in mind, I thought I’d contribute my own two cents (Canadian; 1 cent US) to a recent conversation. To set the scene: Michael Smith reported on an article in the American Anthropologist that purports to ‘review’ academic blogging. Michael ends the piece wondering why archaeological blogs don’t seem to generate the commentary that their cousins in Anthropology do. I think they do, but instead of it being in the comments … Continue reading Why Academic Blogging Matters