November has gone by in a blur. Between trying to work on my DigiWriMo project, a two week vacation, moving, and visiting family this month has flown by. Now that December is here, ivrytwr is going to resume its regular schedule. This means the return of such features as ‘links of the week,’ ‘how not to groundswell,’ and ‘ivrytwr videos.’
Due to the chaos that was November, I didn’t finish my DigiWriMo project, hence what I’m calling DigiWriTriMo – over the next two months I’m going to continue posting parts of my DigiWriMo project. This means December is going to be the best of all possible worlds on ivrytwr – DigiWriMo posts, regular content, more videos, and even something Christmas themed, oh my!
Let’s kick off our return to normalcy with a long overdue edition of ‘links of the week.’
1. Let the age of app creation begin – This is a great article from one of my favourite tech sites, Digital Trends, with useful tips to get you started on the path to building your very own mobile app. If you’re interested in learning more about the app creation process and how different services are attempting to make it more accessible, this article is a good place to start.
2. Shoutem – After being inspired by the above article to try my hand at app creation, I found Shoutem, a service which promises to help make app creation easy. I’ve created an account and have been messing around with their service. So far it makes a very good first impression, but I’m unsure how flexible their app creation tools are. Look for a review of my experience with Shoutem in the next few weeks.
3. First Nation using GIS data to map cultural values – This article looks at how a First Nations community in Northeastern Ontario are adapting GIS tools to take control of its own data management. This is a great example of involving and empowering the public to take leading roles in how their heritage is managed.
4. How to be a Hackademic – This is an ongoing series from Jesse Stommel and Charlotte Frost that hopes to inspire academics to rethink old habits and approach their work from new perspectives. These short tips, ideas, and hacks are an easy read and are a great source of inspiration.
5. Digital_Humanities – Digital_Humanities is a collaboratively written ebook from a number of leaders in the field of digital humanities. This book is available under open access and can be downloaded for free. I’ve just started reading the book and so far its a triumph of both intellectual output and graphic design. I’m looking forward to sitting down with this book tomorrow in my free time.
Well that wraps up this long overdue edition of ‘links of the week. Look for a busy week on the site. Tomorrow I’m writing a post about my digital humanities project “Mapping Middle English Romance.” I’m excited about this project and have made some real progress in the past week.
Also look for more DigiWriTriMo posts as well a continuation of our video series ‘ivrytwr Summer Road-trip 2012,’ exploring the museums and cultural institutions of Korea.
As always I love to hear your feedback. Please leave comments, send me emails, or reach me on twitter (@Ryan__Hunt). Until next time, have a fantastic week.