Kudos to the Journal of American History for their launch this week of a podcast. In the inaugural “JAHcast,” John Nieto-Phillips speaks with James Meriwether about his article, “Worth a Lot of Negro Votes’: Black Voters, Africa, and the 1960 Presidential Campaign.” The podcast is put together well. It has relatively good sound quality (always critical for podcasts; bad sound quality repels audiences faster than bad web design), it’s open access (anyone can subscribe via iTunes), and most of all, it contains interesting subject matter for our times.
You will be unsurprised to hear (given a certain other podcast) that I think more scholarly journals and organizations should be podcasting like this. It’s a great way to build an audience and add context to print publications. It would be great for the JAH to add other kinds of podcasts, such as panels from the annual meeting and wider-ranging discussions or debates (rather than focusing on a single article). But a great first step.
For the Thanksgiving Day Digital Campus podcast, Mills, Tom, and I covered a cornucopia of news, including more on the Google Book Search settlement, some academic challenges to Google’s main search engine, some trouble in the virtual worlds (in a new segment, “We Told You So”), and the end of email service for students at Boston College. We also point the audience to a new site on place-based computing, a couple of easy (or bizarre) ways to write a book, and Processing, a programming language that’s useful in higher ed. An easily digested podcast for those still snacking on turkey leftovers. [Subscribe to this podcast.]
After an unplanned month off (our apologies, things have been more than a little busy around here), the Digital Campus podcast triumphantly returns to the airwaves with a discussion of the recent Google Book Search settlement. Also up for analysis are Microsoft’s move to the cloud, the new Google phone, and, as always, recommendations from Tom, Mills, and me about helpful sites, tools, and publications. [Subscribe to this podcast.]
On this episode of the podcast we discuss whether “digital natives,” those teens and twentysomethings who are supposed to understand and use digital technology intuitively, really exist. We also cover Google’s latest digitization project (this time of newspapers), the publishing lobby’s attempt to close NIH’s open access research portal, and two new foundations to support good things on the web. [Subscribe to this podcast.]
On our first podcast of the school year, Bryan Alexander, the Director of Research of NITLE, joins us. Bryan closely follows emerging trends in academic technology on his terrific blog, and he lets us know what he thinks the critical trends are for the coming year. Google’s new web browser, Chrome, is the main topic in the news roundup as we try to figure out what impact it will have on academic web design and application development. A wide-ranging podcast covering the web, mobile technology, ebooks, virtual reality and much more. Join us for another year of Digital Campus! [Subscribe to this podcast.]
Tom, Mills, and I take up the much–debated issue of whether and how digital work should count toward promotion and tenure on this episode of the podcast. We also examine the significance of university presses putting their books on Amazon’s Kindle device, and the release of better copyright records. [Subscribe to this podcast.]
Happy 4th of July!
On this episode of the Digital Campus podcast, Tom, Mills, and I think in greater depth about whether the stodgy academic conferences we often go to could be (at least partially) recast into more informal affairs along the lines of THATCamp, a “barcamp” or “unconference.” We also look at the upcoming iPhone 3G (soon to be the cell phone on campus at its lower price) and what mobile apps might mean for teaching and learning. [Subscribe to this podcast.]
Yes, I’m now on Twitter if you would like to follow me there as well as here. And that controversial but increasingly popular microblogging service is the feature topic on this week’s Digital Campus podcast. Mills is the prosecution, Tom is the defense, and I’m stuck rather ambivalently in the middle. It makes for a good conversation, so check it out. We also discuss Microsoft’s exit from book digitization, among other stories from the past few weeks. [Editor’s note: We recorded this podcast before THATCamp, which we’ll discuss on the next podcast.] [Celebratory note: congrats to Digital Campus manager Ken Albers on the birth of his son, Timmy!] [Subscribe to this podcast.]
On this episode of the Digital Campus podcast we wrestle with how to keep open access/open source educational resources and tools sustainable for the long run. Mills elaborates on some of his ideas about a “freemium” business model for higher ed, and Tom and I explain the dilemma from the perspective of large academic software projects. We also debate whether laptops are a distraction in the classroom, among other topics in the news roundup and picks of the week. [Subscribe to this podcast.]
We were incredibly lucky to get two of the most sophisticated programming gurus in the humanities, Bill Turkel and Steve Ramsey, on the podcast this week. Bill and Steve are both committed to teaching other humanities scholars how to get started with programming, and they provide a number of terrific points and insights into the process in our feature story. If you’ve ever wanted to pick up programming or know someone who does, it’s definitely worth a listen (or worth passing on the link). We also take a look at the launch of Google App Engine, which raises questions about outsourcing, and myLOC.gov, which raises questions about whether digital collections should have their own personalization tools. [Subscribe to this podcast.]