The biggest changes for historians in the digital age is the availability of resources online. Many sources, especially primary sources such as letters, are now online in digital archiving websites. Rather than journey to Boston or England or wherever to find the original copy of a source, you can just look at a photo copied version online. On the opposite side of this, any secondary work that a historian publishes, can sometimes be found more online, making the work more available to people, and thus more likely to be plagiarized. And though digital history means that more information is available to people to learn and access, it also means that such information isn’t always being checked for accuracies.
Another big change is the tools in which we can use to make information available or just teach the information to the person directly. Its probably safe to say that Microsoft and Powerpoints have completely changed how teachers teach in classrooms directly. It makes the information visible in a way that it wasn’t before.
I personally think that the benefits of making knowledge available to people on a wider basis and at a deeper level, outweighs the downsides of plagiarism and false information. If students are given the tools to be able to accurately shuffle through the false information from the wrong information (as is seen more and more in teaching communities), that downside can be more or less made irrelevant. The problem now, as has been discussed, is that the technology is outpacing the implementation of methods of sifting through it, though that has been changing in recent years.
Lesson One: (from chronicle.com) Make sure your familiar with a site, its community, and its settings before you sign up.
The more participation and productivity, the more present the sites and information will becomes.
Check, double check, and triple check your privacy settings.
One of the easiest ways to create a distinct identity for yourself on the Web is to create a Google profile page.
LinkedIn is more for business, academia is more for academics.
Lesson Two and Three: (from careerbuilder.ca) The easiest way to get rid of “digital dirt” is to create more of it until what you want to be seen overshadows that which you don’t.
If you want your digital identity to be attractive to employers;
Make your content useful.
If you cant delete it, smother it.
Avoid controversial content and posts. If you don’t like the idea of a certain person seeing it, or if it could have the potential to embarrass or harm, don’t put it out there.
Beware if there is someone who has the same name as you that could harm your reputation, and be prepared to explain that it is not you.
Lesson Four: (from nytimes.com) Not only are the sites your visiting being tracked, but so is your physical movements on the page and on your computer.
Lesson Five: (from zephoria.org) Expect unexpected audiences. Be prepared that those who are viewing your content, might not be who you’re expecting.
When leaving a comment on any site, be articulate and don’t say something that can be used against you. If you go on an inflammatory tirade just to troll people, it will come back to haunt you.
Last week we planned to meet with Jared and finish recording the videos of the last few objects to highlight for the 360 tour, unfortunately due to time conflicts we were unable to meet. However, this did not set us back in our timeline for getting things done. We are still on track in completing our objectives. When we met up this week we discovered that the website we planned to use for the hotspots (the embedded videos that would be within the 360 images) only offered a limited trial for free, and that if we wanted to continue to use it, we would have to pay about $20 a month. We played around with the idea of asking the Monroe Museum if they would be ok with paying for it, or if that didn’t work out, we tried to consider other options, such as not embedding the videos within the 360 images but rather having them separate. Luckily, right at the end of class, Lesya thought she discovered a website that could do the same thing, but was free. However, we ran out of class time, so Lesya said that she would look into it and get back to us.
This week I decided to play around with My Maps in Google in order to familiarize myself with using it. I mapped the wineries that are along the Monticello wine trail around Charlottesville, VA and nearby areas. I then rated the wineries based on level of interest in visiting the locations. I rated each one and made comments on food, location, atmosphere, and Google reviews. I based this on information I got from Google and reviews of people who had visited in person, with the hope that I would be able to visit some of these wineries myself soon.
-The red markers are the wineries and the blue markers are the presidential houses nearby.