Digital curators often fret about how to keep their data accessible for the long term, but users of Facebook accounts sometimes have the opposite problem. In one of several instances of New Media alumni in the press recently, Digital Curation professor John Bell tells you how to cut the cord without leaving your data hanging.
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Starting this September, Still Water Senior Researcher John Bell will be starting a full-time position with the Dartmouth Research Commons at Dartmouth College. Bell will be spearheading the development of an innovative institutional repository for this elite university as well as galvanizing digital collaborations with humanities faculty across campus. Fortunately for us, Bell will continue to teach digital collection and exhibition as a UMaine Assistant Professor of Digital Curation.
It’s hard to find a collecting institution that doesn’t have a Web site these days, and you’re going to need to know MySQL and PHP to run most of them. But training as an archivist or librarian doesn’t teach you how to customize a Web site. What’s a digital curator to do?
Answer: take the brand-new “Digital Collections and Exhibitions” course debuting online this September.
Still Water Senior Researcher John Bell and UMaine’s new Innovative Communication Design classes have been selected as a winner in stage one of this year’s Digital Media+Learning competition Badges for Lifelong Learning, an initiative of the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) and the Mozilla Foundation with support from the MacArthur Foundation.
In the final stretch of the competition for the Mozilla-Knight Foundation News Technology Partnership, Still Water Senior Researcher John Bell has posted a roadmap based on applying the lessons of open source software to journalism. His four stages–aggregation, interpretation, curation, and deliberation–lay the foundation for a future of journalism that marries community and credibility.
Still Water Senior Researcher John Bell has been selected to take part in the Mozilla+Journalism news lab, the second round of this year’s MoJo Innovation Challenges. Over the next month he’ll be one of sixty participants applying the knowledge of people like Christian Heilmann, Burt Herman, Aza Raskin, John Resig, and others to the problem of redefining journalism for the open web era. You can follow his progress on his blog.
Still Water Senior Researcher John Bell presents the third-generation Variable Media Questionnaire at the 2010 International Symposium on Electronic Art.