October 11, 2011, 8:00 am
In June, Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki posted here about the challenges and opportunities of “building a born-digital edited volume” about Writing History in the Digital Age.
I was reminded of this when I consulted my calendar: Today I am scheduled to be at Trinity College to participate in a discussion forum about the book, the process of creating it, and the intervention it might make in academic culture. Of course, I live about 20 minutes away from Hartford, and so this is very easy. Key to the premise of the book, however is that anyone can participate in the discussion around it, especially at this critical stage before it goes off to the U of Michigan Press. Here’s an announcement Dougherty and Nawrotzki have distributed:
We invite all readers to comment on our born-digital edited volume, Writing History in the Digital Age, an open-access collection of thirty essays…
April 27, 2011, 8:00 am
Jack Dougherty, a professor of educational studies at Trinity College in Hartford, has been working for the past couple of years on some fascinating collaborative writing projects. One is Writing History in the Digital Age, an open-review publication that reflects on the ways new writing technologies might change, or not, the most basic practice of historical research–writing. The other involves magic. That is, MAGIC, the Map and Geographic Information Center at UConn‘s library. Called On The Line: How Schooling, Housing, and Civil Rights Shaped Hartford and Its Suburbs, the project features, in addition to many other forms of scholarship, these crazy linked maps that juxtapose aerial photographs of Hartford’s historical development with contemporary Google Earth images. (Stay tuned this spring for a forthcoming guest post on this work!)
Dougherty realized that many people might…