Manuel Betancourt

Links Next Door (03/05/2014): THATCamp Digital Writing Edition

May 3, 2014 · in Links Next Door

Every week, I’m compiling a list of links that entertain and delight me, challenge and baffle me. I’m doing this as a sort of curating project, but also as a way to keep the blog afloat as I keep working on my dissertation.

Today, I attended THATCamp Digital Writing which is an “unconference” dedicated to discussing Digital Writing. I thought it would be helpful for myself (and those who attended) to curate some fascinating links that were shared throughout the day (everything culled from lighting talks, tweets and sessions. If you want anything added — in terms of other resources or attribution, contact me via twitter or at bet.manuel(at)gmail.com!)

Poetry Genius (an outlet of Rap Genius) is a great website for annotating poetry. I just discussed this poem (Frank O’Hara’s “Lana Turner Has Collapsed”) the other day so I was curious to see what people had annotated:

"Lana Turner Has Collapsed" Annotated

“Lana Turner Has Collapsed” Annotated

The Kaminski Handwriting Archive: “The mission of the Kaminski Handwriting Collection is to provide a free and public place for all people to share and to learn about the many types of handwriting as it exists among all people; as such, it will create a record of the many variations and will serve those hoping to understand handwritten work now and in the future.”

Juxta Commons: “Juxta is a tool that allows you to compare and collate versions of the same textual work.” A great tool that can work as both as a scholarly resource as well as a teaching resource that can help students visualize revision.

Shows the various revisions of The Declaration of Independence.

Shows the various revisions of The Declaration of Independence.

– ICA Philadelphia Tamarin Norwood: A Fine Line. A fascinating exhibition of an artist dedicated to examining the very materiality of handwriting and its digitization.

Check out the video at ICAphila.org

Check out the video at ICAphila.org

A Game of Shark and Minnow. A great example of what digital composition can look like which is both traditional in its research paper thematic as well as encouraging a less linear approach to composition and the inspiration for The Colonial Revival course project at Bard, shepherded by Kimon Keramidas. Kimon also points us to another New York Times piece, “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek.”

New York Times' great article that seamlessly uses videos, images, slideshows and infographics alongside text.

New York Times’ great article that seamlessly uses videos, images, slideshows and infographics alongside text.

– Throughout the event, we tweeted with the hashtag #TCDW14 but if instead of scrolling through the endless tweets you just wanted a visualization of what we chatted about, look no further than the Tag flow at TAGSExplorer and you can learn more about that particular tool here.

Tag Network

Tag Network

– Freebase Data: Freebase is an openCreative Commons Attribution (aka CC-BY) licensed collection of structured data, and a Freebase platform for accessing and manipulating that data via the Freebase API.” It really is a treasure trove!

Lots of data out there!

Lots of data out there!

 

Workflow Resources:

 

– Top 10 Editorial Management Tools: A great list on a number of workflow management tools used in mostly journalistic and entrepreneurial environments but nevertheless interesting for anyone looking to implement them in the classroom.

Edit Flow: “Edit Flow gives you custom statuses, a calendar, editorial comments, and more, all to make it much easier for your team to collaborate within WordPress.” Despite this being a professional WP Plugin, how can we use these types of tools in the classroom?

Mural.ly: “Mural.ly is an online whiteboard designed to visually organize ideas and collaborate in a playful way.”

Neatline: “Neatline allows scholars, students, and curators to tell stories with maps and timelines. As a suite of add-on tools for Omeka, it opens new possibilities for hand-crafted, interactive spatial and temporal interpretation.”

Fargo: “Fargo is a simple idea outliner, notepad, todo list, project organizer.”

 

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version.

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version.

Tineye: A reverse-image search tool! Check who’s stolen your images slash toy around with its pedagogical potential!

– VoiceThread: “Text alone can’t deliver the subtlety and expression required for meaningful connection. If text were enough, we wouldn’t use emoticons, get on planes, or use web-conferencing software. VoiceThreading is a more human way to connect.” Fascinating tool to think of poetry in a different light (in terms of gestures).

VoiceThread

Mozilla WebMaker: “We’re a global community dedicated to teaching digital skills and web literacy. We explore, tinker and create together to build a web that’s open and made by everyone” — very cool resource for teaching digital literacy.

– Hipster Ipsum: “Artisanal filler text for your site or project,” hipster-style. Definitely one of the more fun links shared today!

Kogi before they sold out salvia artisan, PBR kitsch fap put a bird on it kale chips keytar photo booth bicycle rights High Life try-hard 3 wolf moon. Semiotics Shoreditch pop-up, Portland shabby chic DIY raw denim fixie PBR&B ethnic. Next level 3 wolf moon yr, Williamsburg flexitarian Wes Anderson PBR.

Kogi before they sold out salvia artisan, PBR kitsch fap put a bird on it kale chips keytar photo booth bicycle rights High Life try-hard 3 wolf moon. Semiotics Shoreditch pop-up, Portland shabby chic DIY raw denim fixie PBR&B ethnic. Next level 3 wolf moon yr, Williamsburg flexitarian Wes Anderson PBR.

I Read Your Blog: a great resource for teachers looking to incorporate blogging and other digital platforms in the classroom, has a great array of examples.

I Read Your Blog

I Read Your Blog

Terms of Use for course blogs, courtesy of the Weblogs at Harvard site. Great if you’re thinking of instituting some base guidelines as your students work on blogging and commenting.

Soundslides: Proprietary software that helps you create picture storytelling.

– Example of what Scalar can do for academic publishing: What is Performance Studies?

An example of alternate online publishing which Scalar allows

An example of alternate online publishing which Scalar allows

MediaThread: “Mediathread, the open source multimedia annotation platform developed at the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL).”

MediaThread

MediaThread

Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing: “This comics-style collaboration between rhetoricians Elizabeth Losh and Jonathan Alexander and illustrator team Big Time Attic presents the content of the composition course in a form designed to draw students in.”

Great comic for thinking in terms of multi-media

Annotation Studio: “Annotation Studio is a suite of collaborative web-based annotation tools currently under development at MIT.”