Archive for the ‘Web Trends’ Category


Thanks Roy…

October 12, 2007

This morning I received word that Dr. Roy Rosenzweig passed away yesterday. Roy was the Director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University where I am enrolled as a PhD student. There are many others there that knew him far better than I did and I’m sure could and will tell better stories about him. My time in the program had not occasioned many opportunities to work with Roy. I spoke to him at length only a few times but it occured to me today just how much this man has influenced my own life. I can only imagine how his passing will impact those that worked more closely with him.

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Who Owns Your Photos?

September 25, 2007

CNN posted a video story that has some important implications for organizations considering using Flickr to help them create slide shows for their websites.  While API’s offer promise for helping websites add technical content that website owners might not have time to develop on their own, if they are simultaneously giving up ownership of their images then they may find the price of this “free” assistance to be too high.  View the story here:


Ben Ford Interviewed on Blog Talk Radio

August 29, 2007

Ben Ford, author of the Lake Ontario Maritime Cultural Landscape Project Journal on the MUA recently wrapped up his summer work on the lake and was interviewed on Blog Talk Radio.   You can listen to the interview here: (

I would love to hear from readers if they have other blog talk radio stations they visit online.

Ben’s sixth post will be online soon.  You can see his current entries here: (


Can Museums Survive in a YouTube World?

August 13, 2007

Dave Shirlaw recently posted the following article on the MARHST-L list. It’s an interesting comment about the impact of the Internet on museums. Our comments follow.


NEW YORK, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ — That’s not simply a rhetorical
question. With diminished government funding, dwindling audiences and a
tenuous connection to the next generation of patrons, museums are facing
a challenging 21st Century. To attract new audiences, museums have
mounted blockbuster exhibitions, enlisted starchitects to build
expensive additions/expansions and introduced hip evening events with
DJs and cocktails.

But the real problem may well be the museum experience itself. And for
many younger targets — particularly the under-30s who grew up with the
instant gratification of the Web — it remains as didactic and passive
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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.



Accessible Oceans: Underwater Archaeology and Web Accessibility

July 18, 2006


What’s web accessibility? Do I need to make my new website accessible? What if I’m just getting started building web pages? All of these questions went through my mind over the last year as we continued to try and improve the MUA site. It seemed like a huge job. I had already built so much material that the prospect of going back and redoing it was not attractive. But as our goal was to reach as many people as possible and not dismiss a large segment of the population, we had to investigate what exactly that might involve. A review of several articles and a closer look at software I was already using demonstrated that this was not an insurmountable task. I’ll be the first to admit, however, this is an ongoing project for us and the site, in its current state, needs a lot of work but we believe it is well worth the effort and is important to discuss. Read the rest of this entry ?