•January 2, 2013 • Leave a Comment

See the Civil War unfold 150 years later—through Twitter.

The reenactment began on Jan. 1, 2013, the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and continues to the anniversary of the end of the Civil War in 2015.

UPDATE: Read a review.


Higher Ed and Even Higher Tech

•November 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

A must-read on how Internet technology is challenging the higher education model—by the inimitable Clay Shirky.

Udacity and other online teaching/learning systems are to education as MP3s are to the traditional music publishing industry.

Wordy but worth it.

Indoor Navigation for Museums

•October 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment


•August 21, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Colonial Williamsburg offers an online/on-site history activity for kids called RevQuest.

More here.

Oldie But Goodie

•July 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

You probably just hadn’t gotten to this yet due to information overload and/or filter failure.

Science To Go

•June 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Appearing to be in many ways a Science version of the Minnesota Historical Society’s History in Our Hands activity, Zydeco is a project to watch.

Both use mobile devices (iOS devices, to be precise) to support student collection and creation of data and evidence, then retain and avail those materials for further use in the classroom, at home, or anywhere a device can access the cloud.

Zydeco is an effort of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Read all about it.

More Than One Way to Skin an Apple

•May 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Here’s a nice example of the kind of mutual benefits that can grow out of a relationship between “GLAMs” (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) and Wikimedia.

This Wikipedia “Wealthy Apple” article is based in large part on the Minnesota Historical Society’s MNopedia article on the same topic.

Because most MNopedia content is published under the appropriate Creative Commons license, its chances of finding its way to much larger audiences—through Wikipedia in this case—are much higher than if it were restricted.

The MNopedia project team at MHS established a connection with Wikimedia early on—and through ongoing cooperation, both resources are now being enriched.

Wikpedia is a better resource because of open, citable content like MNopedia’s, and through this relationship MHS delivers its content to many more people than it would on its own. Plus, more people are driven directly back to MHS and its resources as a result.

GLAMs—like anyone and everyone—are free to edit Wikipedia directly. While editing articles about one’s own institution is frowned upon (and often rejected), there are many options for getting good, GLAM-sourced content into Wikipedia, including through the mutual back-scratching approach exemplified here.

Many thanks to Liam Wyatt for nurturing GLAM-Wiki relationships and for helping us though this fun and rewarding process.