The Visible Past / Open Context Loosely Coupled Model for Digital Humanities Ubiquitous Collaboration and Publishing: Collaborating Across Print, Mobile, and Online Media

Gumelnita Statue Visible Past Icon
Gumelnita Statue Visible Past Icon

Authors: Sorin Adam Matei, Eric Kansa, Nicholas Rauh.

Abstract: The paper presents a platform for supporting academic collaboration and publishing created by flexibly linking Visible Past, a web collaboration and digital-print publishing with Open Context, a geo-historical data archiving and publishing service. The platform aims to make humanities data collection, management and publishing flexible, collaborative, durable, citable, findable, and portable across methods of publication, especially hard copy/paper vs. digital/onscreen/online domains. Geo-spatially referenced papers and books produced on Visible Past are enhanced with data pulled from Open Context and published “on demand.” All printed materials are connected to the web via 2D codes, a type of hyperlink that can be printed on paper and which can be read by camera mobile phones. We present the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey integration in the Visible Past / Open Context environment as an example of the advantages scholars can obtain from this new method of scholarly collaboration and publishing. In addition to presenting the component technologies, the paper explores some of the challenges and opportunities scholars face when creating humanistic narratives around dynamic streams of geo-historical data.

Keywords: Digital Humanities, Maps, Archaeology, Google, On Demand Publishing, Scholarly Collaboration, Mashup, WordPress, RSS, JSON, Visible Past, Open Context, Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey, Maps, Publishing, Information Managemet, Humanities, Scholarship, GIS, Collaboration, Wiki, Online, 2d Codes, Mashup, WordPress, RESTful, RSS, JSON, Visible Past, Open Context

Get the paper: Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.33-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 930.667KB).

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General view of Rough Cilicia centered on one of the locations surveyed by Nicholas Rauh, Karacukur

Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei – Professor of Communication at Purdue University – studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei’s teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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