Links of the week – hot summer links edition
Whining about the weather on the internet is hardly the most original thing I can do, but wow is it hot in Korea! Being from the perpetually temperate Pacific Northwest, I’m not accustomed to prolonged heat. Today in Samcheok, adjusting for humidity, we had highs of 36 degree Celsius! It’s been nearly a month of temperatures in the low to mid 30′s and I’m getting pretty ready for things to cool down.
So let’s heat things up even more with some hot digital humanities and higher education links (read that sentence in your best cheesy radio DJ voice to get the full effect).
1. OCRE joins Pelagios – While I love Roman history, numismatics has always made my eyes glaze over slightly. I have nothing but the utmost respect for people with a passion for numismatics, but I’m fairly sure that my brain just isn’t wired that way. This blog post is about an exciting digital humanities project called the Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE). The project’s goal is to represent every Roman coin type from Augustus to Anastasius (roughly 550 years). If you’re interested in coins or Roman history have a look at this project.
2. Great (and free) Online Conferences – If you feel like attending some conferences from the comfort of your own home this summer, this is the link for you. This is a list of free, online conferences that welcomes submissions, volunteers, and audience members. A great way to learn and network without spending the small fortune that many conferences cost.
3. 5 Ways to Declutter Your Writing – Regular readers of the site probably know by now that I’m a huge fan of the Thesis Whisperer. This blog is one of the best higher education blogs on the net. If you’re interested in distilling your writing to its purest form, read this post.
4. Neatline Live Sandbox – I’ve written about Neatline in the past. Neatline is an extension for Omeka used to create interactive maps and timelines. For those (like me) who have yet to master Omeka, Neatline offers a live sandbox to learn its basic techniques. After messing around with it for an afternoon, I’m impressed by its ease of use and its ability to represent the uncertainty and flexibility of dates and locations. You can start a free account and try it out yourself if you’re interested in mapping software.
5. Twitonomy – Twitonomy is another service I’ve just started using. It creates and visualizes analytics from twitter data. It allows allows users to backup their twitter data to Excel spreadsheets. I’ll write a more detailed post about twitonomy once I’m more familiar with it, but first impressions are favourable.
That’s wraps up another instalment of links of the week. This week the site will be dedicated to my digital literacy summer camp. Today was the first day of the camp. With my grade 3 and 4 ESL students will learned about how the internet can be used for communication and research, teaching the students how to use Skype and Google Image Search.
Look for a slew of summer camp updates this week including photos, videos, articles, and podcasts. If you’re interested in following along, visit the camp’s website (http://digitaladventure2012.wordpress.com).
Until next week, stay cool, it’s hot outside.