Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A Roundup of Digital History Blogs

There aren't quite enough digital history blogs to justify a carnival yet, but there is certainly enough interesting work going on to try and gather a collection of links about digital history and of use to digital historians. If I've missed you or someone you know, please e-mail me at and I will include a link in the next roundup. Without further ado...

Jeff Barry, "Endless Hybrids." Jeff blogs about libraries and the remix culture.

John Battelle, "John Battelle's Searchblog." Everything Google, and more.

Jeremy Boggs, ClioWeb. Jeremy is a web designer at the Center for History and New Media, and a PhD candidate at GMU. He blogs about the intersection of history, new media and design. You can also catch him at the new group blog Revise and Dissent.

Tara Calishain, "ResearchBuzz." A great place to find up-to-the-minute information about internet research.

Dan Cohen. Co-author of Digital History (U Penn, 2005), Dan writes an eponymous blog about digital humanities, Google and searching, and "programming for poets." He is also the author of GMU's clever H-Bot.

Tom Daccord, "THWT Edublogger." Tom blogs about teaching humanities with technology.

Lorcan Dempsey, "Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog." Lorcan is the vice-president and chief strategist at OCLC. He blogs about libraries, services and networks.

Brian Downey, "Behind AotW." Brian is the webmaster of the site Antietam on the Web. Here in the so-called "backwash of a digital history project," he blogs on the nature of digital history.

Josh Greenberg, Epistemographer. Josh, Associate Director of Research Projects at CHNM, brings an STS perspective to digital humanities and Web 2.0. He hasn't posted for an embarassing 62 days, but I'm hoping to shame him into it...

Mills Kelly, edwired. Mills blogs about teaching and learning history online. In recent posts he's taken on PowerPoint, edited Wikipedia articles (and made his students do the same), and critiqued collaborative learning and best practices in education.

Rob Macdougall, Old is the New New. Strictly speaking, Rob doesn't usually blog about digital history per se. But he loves robots, and he's been writing quality posts for years longer than most of us.

David Mattison, The Ten Thousand Year Blog. David, a BC archivist, blogs about digital preservation and libraries. Among many other categories, his "history findings" tracks an interesting and growing collection of online repositories.

Musematic. A group blog about museum informatics.

ProgrammableWeb. Because the world really is your programmable oyster.

Geoffrey Rockwell, "grockwel." Geoffrey is an Associate Professor of Multimedia at McMaster and project leader for the TAPoR project. He blogs about digital humanities in general.

Tom Scheinfeldt, Found History. Tom writes about "unintentional, unconventional, and amateur history all around us." It makes for fascinating reading, and since "all around us" includes the internet, this is often digital history at the margins.

Andrew Vande Moere, "Information Aesthetics." Andrew blogs about data visualization and visual culture. This is a great place to get ideas for presenting history in a new way.

Rebecca Woods, Past Matters. This fall, Rebecca will be starting her PhD at MIT. In the meantime, she's got a brand new blog where she can discuss learning to program and trying to text mine the archives of the Old Bailey.

Michael Yunkin, Digitize Everything. Michael is a librarian at UNLV, who is "helping dig the grave of all things analog." He blogs about digitization, search and oral history.

Updates, June 24, 2006 - July 10, 2006

Manan Ahmed, Chapati Mystery. Manan, who is working on a PhD at U Chicago, blogs about a variety of topics. His recent Polyglot Manifesto is essential reading (I, II).

Sheila Brennan, Relaxing on the Bayou. Sheila blogs about both physical and online museums.

Google has a new group blog to watch, Inside Google Book Search.

Tom Goskar, Past Thinking. Tom blogs about archaeological computing from the UK.

Paula Petrik, HistoryTalk. Among other things, Paula blogs about history, markup and web/tech. She's got a great new discussion of the problems and possibilities of XHTML and CSS for online scholarship.

Rachel "I'm Too Sexy for My Master's Thesis," blogs about new publishing models and the use of technology to aid research and writing.

Richard Urban, Inherent Vice. Richard is a PhD student in library and information science who blogs about digital cultural heritage.

Scott Weingart, a research assistant on a digital humanities project at the University of Florida has just started Ludus Historiae, to bring "the absurdities of the past to the computers of the future."

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