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Immersive experiential history

November 13, 2010 by


From time to time, I discuss the “architecture” and development of digital history, and one area that fascinates me most is the potential for creating immersive experiential history (and yes, just a few steps short of the holodeck) In its present form, I don’t think the tools for the Web are great enough to do […]

Is your digital history effective?

July 24, 2010 by


When we see websites like The Valley of the Shadow, I think it’s clear that they provide us with some great material… available to us in a very convenient state online. Without the site, it would take us a great deal of work to access the various materials at various sites… in other words, back […]

The impact of Web-based media on history

July 18, 2010 by


Looking back at my blog activity for the last two summers, I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that my blog posts are infrequent over the summer months this year… even more so these days, having started a new job in June. Still, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking history… and the Web. The Web […]

Website development underway

December 5, 2009 by


I’ve been busy for the past few days in Photoshop CS3, developing a graphic that will serve as the entry portal to my website. I locked onto the domain about two years ago, but found that schoolwork just never gave me a chance to really sit down and work on making something with all the […]

It’s time to build…

November 29, 2009 by


Between looking for a job, being sick, and my laptop biting the dust, I’ve had a lot of time to think about blogging and where I want this blog (and my smaller info blogs) to go. I’m not done with blogging (especially now, with a new laptop and a new mobile broadband service), but I […]

Is it not true that Clio is only partially wired?

April 1, 2009 by


I don’t think I’m in agreement with the thoughts of some (maybe more than some) others about the progress of digital history as a practice. I think it has a lot to do with the current graduate program that I am in. I’ve spent so much time focused, especially within the last three semesters, on hypertext […]

Affective Interaction Design

December 4, 2008 by


Well, this is just cool… I’ve tossed some thoughts around in the last 10 months about the use of color, typography, font face, dynamic icons, animations, and even sound as they could all be used in digital history sites to help convey historical concepts. I’m even contemplating doing something with this as my overall project in […]

When you turn history on… does it return the favor?

November 21, 2008 by


Once again… all this chatter about digital history! What’s it all about? Harry has put up an interesting post focusing on a piece written by Robert Frost. He uses it to help explain his interest in the potential for digital history. I get what Harry is saying. Also, consider this… Do we really realize just […]

Using hyperlinks in digital history blogging

November 18, 2008 by


Thinking in terms of hyperlinks in digital history blogs…  How often are they used? Should they be used more often? If they are used, do they complement the information in the post or literally “take the reader away” from the post and original line of thinking? Do we really want to distract the reader with the information in the hyperlink? […]

What is formal and informal digital history?

November 16, 2008 by


I find this post interesting just for the nature of the post. As some are aware, I, along with others, have been involved in developing a wiki, and some of us have been copying some of our posts to the wiki to carry over discussion to that “outlet.” However, in this post, I’m carrying over […]

Blogging history and Miller’s 7 +/-2 rule

November 10, 2008 by


In reading some of the posts made on different blogs, I think some bloggers don’t realize just how significant their posts can really be. Just how significant an impact can a well written/laid-out post have on a reader’s view of, for example, an historical concept? I haven’t tested it, but I do think there is something […]

The ACWDev Collaboration Wiki

November 9, 2008 by


No moss growing under foot with some of us! If you recall, yesterday I posted about a possible forthcoming wiki. Thanks to Brian at Behind Antietam on the Web, it is a reality. We now have something called the ACWDev Collaboration Wiki. As stated on the wiki intro page, it is a “place for ACW historians and other […]

Doth a Wiki Cometh?

November 8, 2008 by


If you haven’t been following it, many of us are all over the board in three different blogs in discussion focused on, more or less, the potential for more dynamic blogging within the practice of digital history (after all, the blog… well, it’s not just for blogging anymore). On this blog, most recently, there has been comment exchange in […]

Scribd… and more

November 5, 2008 by


Hmmm, I’m intriqued. I wonder how Scribd might be employed within the practice of digital history. I’m probably behind the curve on this one and would bet that it’s already in use in some history classes. On another note, in gearing-up to write a literature review of materials relating to “interaction design” in digital history, I took a […]

The State of this Blog

November 2, 2008 by


In the wake of the digital history-focused discussions (here and here) of last week, I figured it was time to check the stats for this blog. Though it did not really go active until February 21, 2008, I actually opened the blog site on November 3, 2007. So, though it has been an “active blog” […]

What “parts” are needed to build the effective digital historian?

October 30, 2008 by


Thanks to Craig’s comments on my digital history-related post from the other day, I’m starting to mull over a great deal regarding the needs of digital historians. But first, ya gotta love the title of this post… after all, it is Halloween week! Get it, my digital historian/Frankenstein’s monster metaphor?! Ahh, come on… anyway… We’re still on the […]

Where did the zeal go for the “new frontier?”

October 28, 2008 by


Apparently, I need to do some more blog surfing because I missed this post by Mark Grimsley. In a follow-up post, Mark posted Anne Rubin’s presentation that details her “disenchantment” with digital history as it relates to the Civil War. Her “Sherman’s March” project sounds ambitious, but well-worth the effort. Rubin is absolutely on target about the current state […]

A philosophy worth taking to heart

October 26, 2008 by


Since this is my 101st post, I think it is fitting to take time to reflect on the beginnings of this blog. Before I made the leap into the Civil War blogosphere, I created an annotated bibliography focused on the practice of digital history. From all that I found, one item in particular stuck with me. Writing about potential of history […]

Is History Doomed to the “Arts & Humanities?”

September 27, 2008 by


I’ve been thinking, and… considering recent practice in Digital History and the study of “Historical Memory,” maybe History doesn’t need to be limited to B.A. and M.A. tracks. First, with the expansion of Digital History, perhaps, if the instruction in Digital History practice goes beyond how to use HTML, XHTML, XML, Dreamweaver, blogs as a data-dump, etc., […]

Game Design Theory in Instructional Design

August 17, 2008 by


Changing gears from Civil War Memory for a bit. Clearly, with only a week before graduate classes start again, I’m getting back into the academic mindset… Though this post from another blog (EDUCAUSE CONNECT) is just over a year old, I couldn’t resist mentioning it here. I’m very interested in how game design theory can […]

What makes an historian a “digital historian?”

April 22, 2008 by


Just some passing thoughts today. I say passing because I’m more preoccupied with completing three final projects for the semester. One more week to go and the spring semester of ’08 is history! Nevertheless, in the past few days, I’ve been thinking about digital history as a practice. Is it really ok to say that […]

When saying “I am studying Web design” just isn’t enough

April 18, 2008 by


It’s been quite a while since I posted on anything relating directly to digital history, but the impulse struck me today. Granted, by writing this blog, I have been, to some degree, doing digital history. Yet, I haven’t posted much on theory or anything else that goes along with what really is digital history. To recap a little… after […]

Valley of the Shadow Project and Civil War Memory

March 26, 2008 by


I had planned on posting about something to do with Southern Unionists today, but in the course of deciding exactly what I wanted to write about (and after a little Web navigation), I came across something that I wanted to pass along. Most in Civil War era studies are probably aware of the Valley of […]

A Quick Tech-Note

March 11, 2008 by


Just a quick note to keep the digital history category active (not that it becomes inactive for lack of postings but that I want to keep postings active while I labor over my hypertext non-fiction project and read Bolter and Grusin’s Remediation)… I found this great site for up-to-date information about Web technology, ReadWriteWeb, and […]

I think that Thomas Jefferson would have loved hypertext

March 7, 2008 by


I’ve been meaning to mention this for a couple of weeks and am just today getting around to it, but I can’t help but think that Thomas Jefferson would have loved the power of hypertext. After cutting out portions of the Bible and reorganizing those clippings in a way that reflected his beliefs (the Jefferson […]

Hypertext non-fiction vs. Hypertext fiction

March 4, 2008 by


Just out of curiosity, I Googled “hypertext non-fiction” and then “hypertext fiction” to compare the number of hits that each would bring up. Remarkably, there were only 68 hits (though once I clicked on the second page of hits, I found only 23 active returns for the search. I should also note that when Googling […]

Working on hypertext non-fiction

March 3, 2008 by


Pardon the lull in postings. After my two most recent posts, I decided to do one of my favorite things – put theory into practice. So, that being said, I have created another blog. However, this blog is not so much for blogging, but rather, the blog format works wonderfully for creating hypertext narrative. The […]

Food for thought – a little combination of digital history and the Civil War

February 27, 2008 by


I have a digital history project in mind and would like to see if it is feasible. For starters, for anyone reading this blog, what do you consider the top 25 (if we can come up with that many) most controversial topics (excluding battle/military leader-related) pertaining to the Civil War?

Looking back on the first week of blogging

February 25, 2008 by


After about a week of blogging I find myself looking back on my posts and asking myself if I am blogging or writing articles. What is the prescribed method (if one exists) of blogging digital history? I’ve looked at a number of blogs within the digital history genre and within the Civil War memory/American Civil […]

More thoughts on digital history as interactive narrative

February 23, 2008 by


With an ever-pressing desire to explore new ways of presenting history, I find it difficult reading through George P. Landow’s Hypertext 3.0 without continually trying to figure out how the theories and applications can work within the practice of digital history. This is especially the case when considering that relatively few digital history sites have gone […]


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