I’ve been thinking (again) about the digital aspect of the MUA. Our goal as an organization has always been to encourage underwater archaeologists to share their research with the public via the web. That last bit is very important: via the web. Why? Because we believe it is the best tool to reach the widest possible audience. That’s important too because we need to spread the word about ethical underwater archaeology so that the public understands what we do and why it is important to them. It’s not an option for us, it’s a moral imperative.
Originally I had hoped to have a bit more on our site about some of the technical innovations and practices going on in humanities computing but I think we’ve been lacking in that category. Hopefully we can make up for lost time by highlighting relevant websites, articles, videos etc. that relate to this topic.
Getting back to my opening comments about using the web to reach wider audiences, I recently viewed a “TED Talk” video by Chris Anderson on how web video powers global innovation. Many of you may already be aware of TED talks, a growing collection of videos hosted by a small nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” I could spend hours on that site (could? I have!). Have a look at Chris’s talk and see what you think. Feel free comment here and share your “ideas worth spreading.”
You can view Chris Anderson’s TED Talk here: