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2011 July

Jennifer Bengtson

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July 29, 2011

Some Thoughts on Community

July 29, 2011 | By | No Comments

I am an anthropologist. More specifically, I am an archaeologist. And even more specifically than that, I am interested in communities. Sounds simple and boring, but the concept of community is so complex and integral to being human. What is a community? Who decides who is “in” and who is “out”? What does community membership mean to individuals and what role do subcommunities play in relationship to other subcommunites?
When I entered into the Digital Humanities world earlier this year, it did not occur to me that this particular sliver of my anthropological interests would end up being in the forefront of my mind. But in my interactions with other DH scholars at conferences over the last couple of months, the thing I was perhaps most surprised and impressed with was the sense of community that is involved in creating, recreating, and using open-source content management systems and other digital tools. It’s Read More

Katy Meyers

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July 21, 2011

Revealing Londinium Under London: New AR App

July 21, 2011 | By | One Comment

Augmented Reality allows for users to interact with the world through their mobile phone in an informative and playful manner. Through the screen they see reality from a different perspective. One of the most effective of these mobile applications was the Museum of London’s Streetmuseum. This application uses your GPS to locate you in space and shows you what used to be there through old paintings and photographs. This “window through time” also contains a wealth of information about the location and allows you to create trails and trips using a map. The application has received great reviews, and is totally free to download for either Andriod or iOS. However, the application only begins at the 1660’s with the Great Fire, and it relies solely on paintings and photographs. While the application is fascinating, it has less appeal to those of us (myself included) who prefer a more archaeological and material Read More