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‘Ready to Eat’ Academic Computing Infrastructure


I’m not sure how the kids do it these days, but back in my previous life making an extra buck doing academic tech support, the fast and easy way to get a lab full of computers set up for a group of students or staff was to “ghost” the computers with whatever operating system and software you wanted. This process of cloning ensured that you got exactly what you wanted and started fresh for each workshop.

Nowadays I find myself sometimes wishing for a similarly fast and easy tool in the world of …

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Add Space and Time to Your Omeka Exhibits

Omeka put the creation of rich online collections of archival materials within reach of anyone who has some limited experience with installing and running software on hosted web server. We have been a big fan of it here at ProfHacker, and with Omeka.net, which we introduced back in its beta days, now you can have an Omeka site up and running with no server experience.

A number of fantastic plugins have emerged and are supported by a wonderful developer community. One of the exciting larger ways…

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Omeka 2.0 Is Here

Omeka, the web publishing platform for sharing rich digital collections recently got a major update to 2.0. This open source project from the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has been serving many museums, libraries, and other archives large and small with its customizable but relatively simple to use server software. We have introduced Omeka here at ProfHacker, talked about its use in teaching, as well as pointed out some useful ways to customize it and…

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Tweetster for WordPress and Omeka

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve published several posts about WordPress and Omeka, two great content management systems designed to make it easy for you to publish and organize your online content. How you let readers know when you publish new content, however, is up to you. One strategy is to use social networks like Twitter to send out short blurbs about new posts. However, managing an online profile and manually sending out these updates can be time consuming. While some Twitter plugins already exi…

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The Latest from Digital Humanities Questions and Answers

Launched in September of 2010, Digital Humanities Questions & Answers is a joint venture of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) and ProfHacker. (See Julie Meloni’s launch announcement.)

Digital Humanities Questions and Answers (@DHAnswers on Twitter) is designed to be a free resource where anyone with an interest in the digital humanities can pose a question to the community of folks working in the field.

Since we last checked in with the site, many interesting threads have be…

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Integrating a Digital Project Into a Class: Deciding on a Project

Web storytellingThe new academic year is about to begin—or, in many cases, has already begun. Many of our students (and some of their parents) are experiencing a lot of “firsts” as the fall semester begins.

Perhaps it’s an opportune time for faculty to try some “firsts,” too. Not that professors necessarily should be trying something new, but the fall semester seems a good time for it, if other circumstances line up.

As readers might have figured by this point, I’m trying something new myself this fall: a digit…

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Showing, Not Telling: Prezi & Omeka

Archives[This is a guest post by Caro Pinto, the John Hay Whitney Family Papers Processing Archivist at Yale University Library. Follow her on Twitter at @caropinto.--@jbj]
An Archivist Walks into a Classroom…

Many archivists spend their professional lives working in basements preparing diaries, letters, and photographs for use by students and faculty. Indeed, arrangement and description of such materials represents the bulk of my work as an archivist, but I also spend time in classrooms ┬áteaching stud…

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Omeka Gets Access Keys Plugin

Just a few months ago, I wrote a post introducing a plugin I developed that allows anyone to make their WordPress site more accessible and easier to navigate. [Note: like almost all WordPress plugins, this one works if you're hosting your own site but not if your site is hosted by WordPress.com.] This plugin–which is listed in the WordPress.org plugin directory–makes it easy to specify keyboard shortcuts for built-in WordPress functions and for access to other internal or external pages.

Access …

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Access Keys: A WordPress Plugin to Improve Accessibility

Over the past two years, Dr. Williams and I have been working on research concerning accessible design and digital resources. Accessible design is what makes it possible for people with disabilities to use digital resources as fully as people without disabilities do. Just over a year ago, I started development on a few plugins for Omeka, the content management system for scholarly collections (and a ProfHacker favorite). My goal has been to create plugins that would make it easy for administrato…

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Make Your Computer a Web Server or Development Machine in Under 10 Minutes

The first web server

When you learn, or develop for, web browser-based technologies, such as HTML, CSS, or Javascript, a couple of things are true: first, you don’t need anything beyond a web browser and a text editor; and second, your learning curve usually happens on your machine. No one else sees your hideous progeny until you’re happy with it, or at least are ready for criticism.

But if you’re learning or designing for or developing any of the newer server-based technologies, such as (to pick two wholly at ran…