There’s an App for That, But Why?

Stories from Main Street and The Will to Adorn are projects created by the Smithsonian Institution that are very different in subject matter and in execution but which share the element of encouraging members of particular marginalized groups to contribute their own stories to the endeavors. Both projects have websites and accompanying apps for mobile […]

Dude, Where’s My History?: A Look at Historical Mapping Interfaces

The advent of digital technology allowed a greater exchange of knowledge and ideas to enter homes at an astonishing new level. This change brought information and services straight to users that before may have required someone to actually leave their home to seek it. The advancement of mobile computing technology furthered the trend of information coming […]

Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Glitch

This week I attempted to recreate the results of glitching files as demonstrated in this blog post by Trevor Owens. As we shall see, I ran into a few difficulties in reproducing this experiment exactly. But first what is a glitch? According to Wikipedia, “A computer glitch is the failure of a system, usually containing a […]

Crowdsourcing History: Take a Look at What’s on the Menu?

This week’s practicum websites all employ some form of crowdsourcing to create content and/or augment existing content. Anyone with a computer and an internet connection can contribute to these projects. On Wikipedia, users actually write and edit the content of encyclopedia articles. Flickr is a great site for storing, organizing, and sharing your digital images […]

Created by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, is an interactive Web site that allows visitors to explore—and actively participate in—the history of Philadelphia through multimedia formats including Google maps, historical essays, audio and video files, and photographs. Although is focused on telling the story of two specific areas—the Old Southward and the Greater […]

Born-Digital: The September 11 Digital Archive

A collaboration between the American Social History Project at the City University of New York Graduate Center and Rosenzweig’s Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the September 11 Digital Archive represents a significant turning point in the realm of the online archive. While […]


Have you ever found yourself wishing you could find a web-based text analysis program that was created to theorize text analysis tools and text analysis rhetoric?  If such a specific desire has ever burdened you, fret no more!!  Your wish has been answered by the collaborators of with their creation of Voyeur! How does […]

On the Potential Benefits of “Many Eyes”

In 2007 IBM launched the site Many Eyes, which allows users to upload data sets, try out various ways of visualizing them, and most importantly, discuss those visualizations with anyone who sets up a (free) account on Many Eyes.  As professor Ben Shneiderman says, paraphrased in the New York Times review of Many Eyes, “sites […]

Earning Your Badges: A review of Gowalla

In Julie Meloni’s article, she reviews the Gowalla site and discusses how its features can be applied as a supplement towards education and visitor experience at museums. At first look, Gowalla is a location-based social network, much similar to the Foursquare application. Users on their mobile devices “check-in” at spots near notable locations, such as […]