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Underwater Blogger Finds a New Home

August 10, 2007

The MUA website has grown over the last year and despite the recent addition of some talented volunteers we have had to look for ways to work more efficiently while striving for professional standards. Our recent move to WordPress is hopefully a step in the right direction.

In the months ahead we’ll be experimenting with open source software and other online tools such as Zotero (from George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media) to help us in our mission of assisting underwater archaeologists in presenting their research to the general public. We encourage others to explore the many ways in which they can enhance their public outreach AND we ask that you share your knowledge with us.

One of the reasons we started this blog was to offer suggestions and help with some of the more technical aspects of presenting research online. Tools like WordPress make it far easier to do so than was possible even just a few years ago. To help spread the word about the current trends in humanities computing we now feature links to a few other blogs and websites that while not really related to maritime history or underwater archaeology they are incredibly useful and informative about ideas that could be adapted to our field.  Dr. William Turkel’s site on “Place Based Computing” is one example. Dr. Mills Kelly’s Edwired Blog discusses using new media in teaching.  By engaging in public outreach we all become teachers in a way and these folks have a great deal to offer. I hope you’ll check them out.

-Kurt

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One comment

  1. Kurt and the MUA team, let me be the first to extend congratulations on taking yet another step forward in your admirable and effective campaign to make underwater archaeology available to a global audience. You have an excellent program going and you have my best wishes for continued success. John Broadwater, Chief Archaeologist, NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program.



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