“The Preservation of Favoured Traces” [LINK]


Posted: February 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Open Source, Typography/Graphic Design, Writing | No Comments »


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Fans of Darwin, the history of science, digital media studies, open source software, and electronic textual editing should take a look at Ben Fry’s fantastic animated text of On the Origin of Species, which accounts for textual changes across the six editions of the book that were published during Darwin’s life (from 1859 – 1872). The text was assembled using an open source animation program  called Processing. As Fry himself says, one big advantage of seeing the text evolve over several editions at once is the ability to illustrate shifts in Darwin’s scientific thinking, both large and small:

We often think of scientific ideas, such as Darwin’s theory of evolution, as fixed notions that are accepted as finished. [...]  In the changes are refinements and shifts in ideas — whether increasing the weight of a statement, adding details, or even a change in the idea itself. [...] Using the six editions as a guide, we can see the unfolding and clarification of Darwin’s ideas as he sought to further develop his theory during his lifetime.
Link: On the Origin of Species: The Preservation of Favoured Traces

Campus Hosts “Everybody has a Literacy Story…Tell Us Yours” Day [PRESS RELEASE]


Posted: May 10th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Open Source, Research | No Comments »


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May 20 (Marion Campus) and May 21 (Delaware Center)

On May 20 and 21, The Ohio State University at Marion will hold two days of storytelling about literacy on the Marion campus May 20, as well as the Delaware Center on May 21. This event is open to all members of the university community who want to tell their stories about reading and writing, and to preserve these small pieces of history in the national Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN, located at: http://daln.osu.edu) where they can be accessed online by members of the public, educators, librarians, family members, and communities interested in literacy practices, values, and history.

Literacy stories are personal narratives about reading or composing in any form or context. They often focus on powerful memories about those events, people, situations, places that are connected with reading and writing in a person’s life.

Literacy narratives can be short or long, and they can be about people’s experiences as a small child, a teenager, an adult, or a senior. Literacy narratives can be about reading stories books, cereal boxes, music, or video game cheats. They can be about composing letters, Facebook pages, song lyrics,’ zines, blogs, maps, or essays in school.

The value of collecting literacy narratives, as the DALN makes clear, is the larger picture they represent when assembled in a digital archive. As a collection, these stories represent a historical trace of groups, communities, cultures, values, the ways in which reading and writing shape lives, and the ways in which literacy practices and values are changing rapidly in the 21st century.

Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, please contact Ben McCorkle at mccorkle.12@osu.edu.


I’m Not One to Toot My Own Horn,…


Posted: December 18th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Internet, Open Source, Rhetoric, Self-Promotion, web 2.0, Writing | No Comments »


wiki writing book…but “toot! toot!” Hot off the University of Michigan presses is the edited collection Wiki Writing: Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom, edited by Matt Barton and Robert Cummings.  Yours truly has a chapter buried somewhere in there, titled “GlossaTechnologia: Anatomy of a Wiki-Based Annotated Bibliography” (more on that cryptic title soon, so stay tuned). I should add that the book is out on the Michigan’s digitalculturebooks imprint, so check that space periodically for updated content related to the collection in the very near future.


Upcoming Talk: Watson Conference


Posted: October 14th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Open Source, Research, Self-Promotion, Writing | No Comments »


Image:newbadge.jpgI’ll be giving a presentation on GlossaTech this Friday at the 7th Biennial Thomas R. Watson Conference, held at the University of Louisville. My talk will be part of a panel titled “Designing Digital Scholarship (and Having it Count): A Case Built On Three Perspectives,” also featuring H. Lewis Ulman, Susan Delagrange, and respondent Cheryl E. Ball. Hope to see *someone* there!


Ubiquity: Please, Please Let This Reach the Beta Stage


Posted: August 27th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Internet, Open Source, web 2.0 | No Comments »


ubiquity logoThe Semantic Web just got one step closer with Mozilla Labs latest project, Ubiquity. If you’re a fan of contextual keyboard-based apps like Quicksilver or Growl, this will make sense to you. If not, take a look anyway. It’s like glimpsing the future.


So You’re Scared to Teach Video Composing…


Posted: July 23rd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Free Culture/IP, Open Source, Teaching, video | No Comments »


…in large part because you know that your students’ tendency to incorporate “found” components (be they audio, images, or video) might open them up for some sort of copyright liabilities, plus you just don’t have the time or energy or inclination to police all of that stuff on your own. And if they ended up on YouTube and got in trouble for pilfering content, well, you just couldn’t live with the guilt of it all. But what if all of this anxiety kept your students from creating some *really* thought-provoking pieces that creatively re-worked existing material? And just what constitutes Fair Use anymore these days? Too many unanswered questions. Xanax, unfortunately, is not the answer.

Well, fear not: the Center for Social Media, a program out of American University’s School of Communication, recently released a helpful guide covering just those issues. “Fair Use and Online Video” offers a whole slew of resources, from white papers on best practices, links to other fair use documentation, and even a video that breaks it all down for us. This is definitely worth bookmarking. After visiting and arming yourself with this newfound knowledge, the worries will subside.


Another Exciting Internet Fun-Pack!


Posted: June 22nd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Internet, Open Source, Teaching, Typography/Graphic Design, web 2.0, Writing | No Comments »


  • Several of my students have expressed interest in the craft of composing screenplays.  They also bemoan the price of dedicated scriptwriting software, which is $$$ because it’s a niche industry product.  That problem is now solved thanks to Celtx, an open-source, multi-platform application that specializes in “integrated media pre-production (scripting, storyboarding, plus cool online collaboration and sharing features).  Get busy with the downloading, people.
  • TIME Magazine’s Anita Hamilton recently offered up a list of what she sees as the 10 essential sites for today–go read “Necessity Rules” and start picking those nits.
  • For those interested in gussying up their presentation skills, or for those who teach others the mystical art of PowerPointery, this article from WIRED’s How-To Wiki offers up lots of useful advice for creating masterful presentations (one piece of advice: knowing when NOT to use slideshows): “Make a Presentation Like Al Gore.
  • Next up on my download schedule, from the blog of Francesco Mugnai, “37 Free Must-Have Fonts.”

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